To see how Geauga County residents celebrate Earth Day, look no further than Veterans Legacy Woods on Saturday, April 23!
From 10 a.m. to noon, folks will gather to plant about 100 native Ohio trees and shrubs, and install protective fencing, during a public tree-planting sponsored by Cleveland non-profit “Donate a Tree to the World” (www.donateatreetotheworld.org). Registration is now open at www.geaugaparkdistrict.org for up to 40 additional members of the public to assist volunteers from Best Sand Inc./Covia and Geauga Rotary, as well as Park District natural resource management staff. Come dressed for the weather with water to drink, work boots and garden gloves if possible, and to meet near the new shelter. “This event will be the beginning of a larger, more intense multi-year ecological restoration and reforestation effort of this property, which was previously maintained as a golf course,” Pira said.
Then, from noon to 2 p.m., members of the public who registered for Geauga Park District’s Earth Day Drive-Through will arrive in 15-minute increments to snag their bags of free native plants and educational materials. There are eight time slots, each for 25 cars. Live plants were grown with assistance from Kent State University’s Geauga campus greenhouse.
Giveaways by Park District natural resource management staff will include native prairie plants and wildflowers such as purple coneflower, common milkweed, yellow coneflower, bergamot, rattlesnake master, oxeye sunflower, foxglove beardtongue, black-eyed Susan, blazing star and cup plant. “These were chosen to encourage residents to plant these native additions to their home yards and gardens,” Park Biologist Paul Pira said, “which will provide native pollinators with preferred host plants and nectar sources.”
Native tree seedling giveaways will also include white oak trees, walnut trees, persimmon trees and white pine trees. It’s likely there will be enough for the distribution of a few plants/trees per vehicle.
You can learn more about Veterans Legacy Woods at www.geaugaparkdistrict.org/park/veterans-legacy-woods.
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