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Earth Day activities in Tarrant County parks

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Earth Day is April 22, and the theme of the 2012 celebration is Mobilize the Earth; a couple Tarrant County parks are giving you the opportunity to mobilize and celebrate with them.

River Legacy Parks in Arlington is helping you celebrate with fun and all the beauty and “earth” the park has to offer. Come to the (main) park on Saturday, April 21, and take part in any or all of the many planned activities. There will be naturalist-led nature walks, crafts, stories, and a variety of other activities, all of which promise to be fun for everyone in the family.

If you’ve ever been to River Legacy Parks, you know how beautiful it is, and the huge assortment of plants, trees, and wildlife that call it home. What better place to celebrate this great planet we live on, and learn a little something about it too?

The fun begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m., but the park is open before and after, so you can explore and play on your own if you want. River Legacy Parks is located at 703 N.W. Green Oaks Blvd. For more information, call 817-860-6752.

The City of Fort Worth is honoring Mother Earth with the Cowtown Great American Cleanup on April 14. Volunteers from across the city have committed to clean up their little piece of the planet in their neighborhoods, parks, rivers, and creeks.

After the cleanup, there will be an Earth Party in Trinity Park (off 7th Street, near the Police/Fire Memorial). There will be a zero-waste lunch (free!), a live performance by Vocal Trash, a group that plays instruments using recycled items, and exhibitors who will fit you for a kayak, show you how to compost, or teach you how to save water.

Kids may enjoy getting their faces painted, or participating in games; the whole family might want to visit the mobile adoption truck and consider adding a new family member.

The party is free for everyone, so there’s no reason not to take part in the cleanup and party afterward!

For more information about the Cowtown Cleanup, including where to take your bagged trash, visit the city’s website.

If your city or your favorite park isn’t having any official earth day activities, you can still celebrate. Get out in nature, visit a park; look around you and see the magnificence of the planet—I guarantee that will make you want to see her protected and preserved, and that’s what Earth Day is all about.

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