• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Celebrating Earth Day with tree seedling giveaway

The Woodford County Conservation District (WCCD) will again celebrate Earth Day with its annual tree seedling giveaway on Saturday, April 22. The 3,100 seedlings are being given away at Kroger from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. "We're trying to make sure we're replanting trees that are in our area," said WCCD operations manager Jimmy Chambers. "So we have lots of oaks, lots of dogwoods that are good for pollinators. "All of our trees are native (to Kentucky) that we're giving away." The WCCD will partner with local Master Gardeners and the Division of Forestry, which will answer questions about planting the seedlings. Chambers, who grew up in Lee County, said he's looking forward to Saturday's tree seedling giveaway. Normally, he said, "we end up running out of trees" by the end of the day. "I remember getting trees from the Conversation District when I was in first and second grade, and they're still growing on our (family) farm in Lee County," said Chambers. In addition to its tree seedling giveaway, the WCCD will again sponsor school-led Earth Day activities. Northside Elementary will host a clean-up and beautification of its school on Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to noon, with lunch provided at the end of the event. Volunteers are being asked to bring gardening tools and plants they'd like to donate. "The biggest purpose of this event is to help everyone in our community remember that our planet is truly a magnificent place," Northside curriculum coach Shelby Ison wrote in an email. She said Scout troops, former students, community members and Northside families are invited to participate in the clean-up event, which includes replacing mulch, planting flowers and adding to the school garden. A WCCD grant also ensures fourth-graders at Southside Elementary School will learn about their environment during its annual Science Day. The hands-on science event typically incorporates at least one activity about Earth Day, said Pam Shouse. In an email, the Southside teacher wrote, "Children can be very persuasive so by teaching recycling and conservation measures to our students, we hope that they will go home and encourage their parents to help our Earth as well."

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