Today is Earth Day, and this is news you shouldn’t take sitting down.
Earth Day, in its 39th year, provides a global opportunity for people to step out and do something to better the world around them, starting with their communities.
So, in the spirit of Earth Day, here are a handful of ways to get out and get involved locally:
Clean up after yourself
Ever swim in the American River and stumble across a dirty diaper or cluster of beer bottles? Or go hunting for wildflowers under the Foresthill Bridge only to find abandoned furniture and other trash?
Protect American River Canyons, the State Parks Foundation and the Auburn State Recreation Area head up the Earth Day 2009 American River Clean-Up, which will be held 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the American River Confluence area, just a couple miles outside of Auburn near the Highway 49 American River crossing.
Check in at the PARC booth to pick up trash bags, as well as American River Confluence Parkway maps, snacks and water. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and sunscreen, and bring gloves.
The cleanup also features a Historic Bridges of the Confluence hike at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. The hike, led by Auburn State Recreation Area Canyon Keepers, will take approximately one hour.
Call (530) 885-4527 or (530) 885-8878 for information.
Into the wild
Learn more about what the American River Canyon has to offer during a family-friendly Codfish Creek Falls hike Sunday. The hike, which is an easy and roughly four-mile loop, starts near the Ponderosa Road Bridge and features scenic views of the North Fork of the American River, wildflowers and the waterfall. Learn more about American River ecology on this leisurely hike. Be sure to bring a lunch.
Those interested in the hike should meet at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the Bowman exit Park & Ride. Call (530) 885-8878 or e-mail email@example.com for more information.
Can’t wait until the weekend to celebrate Earth Day? Head down to Sierra College’s Rocklin campus, 5000 Rocklin Road, where a two-day festival kicks off Wednesday.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, the college’s amphitheater becomes a sort of one-stop Earth Day shop. Festivities include live music and entertainment, a “Haute Trash” recycled fashion show, and dozens of booths and tables created by students and organizations offering information on subjects ranging from wildlife rehabilitation to environmentally friendly products and water and energy conservation. This year’s theme, “Homegrown,” focuses on the local community and environment.
Sierra College’s Earth Day festivities are free and open to the public. Parking is $1.
Learn more by calling (916) 660-7945, or visiting www.sierracollege.edu.
Placer Nature Center happenings
Auburn’s Placer Nature Center has a calendar packed with eco-entertainment just in time for Earth Day. First up is “ABC: Arthropods, Butterflies and Climate” from 7-9:30 p.m. Friday at 1212 High St. This Fourth Friday lecture, featuring Dr. Arthur Shapiro, costs $10 for the general public, $8 for members and $5 for full-time students. Saturday will also be a busy day, with two events kicking off at 10 a.m. The first, “Creating a Backyard Wildlife Habitat Garden,” goes from 10 a.m. to noon and allows visitors to explore the nature center’s National Wildlife Federation certified wildlife habitat garden. The second is a Spring Stroll, led by botanist Barry Anderson, who discusses the flora and fauna of the Placer Nature Center’s nearby private nature reserve. Cost for the hike is $10; learn more at springstroll.org.
The Placer Nature Center is located at 3700 Christian Valley in Auburn. Learn more at www.placernaturecenter.org.
Recycling with Rotary
Auburn Daybreak Rotary hosts Rotary Recycles from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Highway 49 and Luther Road. Bring your aluminum cans, plastic bottles and glass bottles to recycle and help the Auburn Interfaith Food Closet. Have your documents shredded on site — all shredded documents will be sent to American paper mills for processing. The fee for shredding is $1 for the first box and $5 for each additional box. Rotary Recycles also features solar demonstrations, green cars and a Victory Velo bike display. Learn more by calling (530) 889-0844.
Loomis goes green
The Loomis Earth Day Celebration will be held noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Loomis Train Depot at Horseshoe Bar and Taylor roads. Trees will be given away to those who live within the Loomis town limits. Vendors and information booths with solar power, electric cars, recycling and other earth-friendly products and services will be on hand. There will also be live music in the afternoon. For more information, call the town hall at (916) 652-1840.
Green inside and out
Downtown Auburn’s Avantgarden and Eco-Boutique host Earth Day workshops from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and are sharing 10 percent of their Earth Day profits with the Placer Land Trust.
“Get Your Green On: Simple Ways to Start Greening Your Home” is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Eco-Boutique, 937 Lincoln Way. Next up, at noon, is “Successful and Sustainable Container Gardening” at Avantgarden, 1085 High St. The third demonstration, “Design Principles of Container Gardening,” will be held at 2 p.m. at Avantgarden.
Call (530) 888-1510 or (530) 887-8719 for more information.
--Compiled by Loryll Nicolaisen