April 22 was a celebration of natural wonder as Earth Day was celebrated throughout the Mountain Area by children and adults alike.
At Oakhurst Feed & Pet Supply, students from Wasuma and Oakhurst elementary schools bounded between booths on everything from the importance of earthworms to the importance of education on sustainable agriculture in the event’s eighth year.
“It’s super important to me to have an Earth Day event here in town,” owner Colette Goga said. “We need to be able to educate children in their younger years about how important the Earth truly is, for all the creatures living in it including ourselves. Thanks to all of our partners, we’re able to put on this great event and the kids really love the chance to learn about the Earth.”
There were a collection of booths at the event. At one, Ashley Smith of Emadco, assisted by Yosemite High School student Rebekka Nielson, stressed the necessity of curbside recycling. Alpacas from Oakawahnee Ranch delighted young guests, and FFA students from the high school handed out carrots for them to feed piglets and goats. Elsewhere, Jackie Byers played recycling-themed songs on a piano to which children sang along.
Smokey the Bear, and KMPH anchor Kopi Sotiropulos added to the fun.
At Wasuma Elementary School, second and third grade classes spent much of the day outside weeding planters, and planting seeds from vegetables to flowers and fruit trees in the school’s new garden.
Zeke Marr was digging out weeds in a planter and found more than a surprise when a litter of bunnies popped out of a hole in the planter’s corner.
Later in the afternoon, seventh grade students helped dig holes big enough to plant the fruit trees, though an afternoon downpour halted their work.
At North Fork Elementary School, students planted new sugar pine trees as more than 100 are set to be removed from its campus. U.S. Forest Service technicians took part in the planting, teaching students about how to plant new saplings.
Earth Day, a day meant to honor the Earth and promote the concept of peace, is held every April 22. It began in 1970, and is celebrated in more than 193 countries.
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