Earth Day events planned all week in Athens

Environmental writer John Lane, a professor of English and environmental studies at Wofford College, will speak at the Georgia Review Earth Day event on Wednesday. Courtesy John Lane

Earth Day is coming this weekend, but celebratory events are planned all week.

 

On Wednesday, The Georgia Review will host its ninth Earth Day event at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia at 7 p.m.

There will be a talk by environmental writer John Lane, a professor of English and environmental studies at Wofford College. Lane directs the Goodall Environmental Studies Center at the college and has written books and collections of poetry.

His talk will be followed by a performance from the band Hawk Proof Rooster and a reception.

On Thursday there is an event for kids at the Athens-Clarke County Library.

In the spirit of Earth Day, teens ages 11-18 can use recycled plastic bottles to make planters.

The event runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and all needed supplies will be provided.

On Saturday, several things are happening around town.

The local version of a national March for Science starts at 11 a.m. downtown at the courthouse on Hancock Avenue. Supporters of science are rallying on Earth Day to show support for research and science.

The event will not be a march, and at the meeting point, kids can participate in activities such as the “Picture Yourself a Scientist” photo station.

If you’re in the mood to be active on Earth Day, explore the State Botanical Garden of Georgia on a run at the Ta-ran-tula 5K.The race happens at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and is hosted by the University of Georgia Insect Zoo.

After the race, tarantulas will be on display for visitors to interact with.

Register for the race at http://tarantula5k.wixsite.com/ugainsectzoo.

Parents can learn more about cloth diapers on Earth Day at an event hosted by The Natural Baby on Prince Avenue. The reusable diapers are a way of reducing waste. The event starts at 10 a.m.

Also on Saturday, Sandy Creek Nature Center will host a scavenger hunt.

The Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia is putting on the program, including kids’ activities and an animal encounter.

The event lasts from 1 to 3 p.m.at the Sandy Creek Nature Center on Old Commerce Road.

Follow reporter Hilary Butschek on Twitter @hilarylbutschek or at https://www.facebook.com/hbutschek.

 

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