Environmental education at the EcoFest

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
Residents of Grove City came out en masse to beautify their community – and learn a few tricks of the trade to keep it cleaner and healthier – through two Earth Day events that highlighted the importance of protecting and preserving the local environment. On the morning of April 22, hundreds of people traversed the parks and commercial and residential areas picking up litter found along the side of the road or in the creek beds as a part of the annual Keep Grove City Beautiful Cleanup event and then they traveled over to Town Center Park to partake in educational and enjoyable activities for the entire family at EcoFest. Here, Savannah Polen and her daughter Nash, 2, take a moment to stop and smell a floral arrangement by Kats Cuts Flowers. The Polen family were making their first appearance at EcoFest, which is an annual event presented by the city and Keep Grove City Beautiful that features dozens of agencies, businesses and organizations that promote greener living and environmental education and conservation.
Mark Berman, a.k.a. BUGMAN, has fun teaching children and adults about the wonders of “Avicularia,” a pink-toed tarantula. In addition to allowing the attendees to meet and greet the gentle spider from South America, he also brought with him cockroaches and worms as a part of his educational outreach exhibit at EcoFest.
Siblings Isaac and Sarah Tampurages proudly display the paintings they made of the Earth.
Athena Rohrbacher, 5, tries to navigate a rubber chicken placed within the obstacle course designed by Heritage Cycles.
Dennis Miller, an urban forestry arborist with the city, places White Pine Trees on the table for attendees to take and plant on their property. Miller said it will take around 25 years for these trees to reach their mature height of 50 feet.
David Jack tries to help his son Gavin, 7, balance on wooden stilts that were used to teach children coordination in the 1700s’.
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