With Glen Helen Nature Preserve at the heart of the Yellow Springs community and with the town now having the official status of a National Wildlife Federation “Certified Wildlife Community,” Earth Day should be nothing short of a grand celebration.
“Earth Day 2021 means more this year than ever – after a challenging year, with too much time inside, and especially too much time staring into screens, the urge to get outside and connect with the earth is potent,” stated a Tecumseh Land Trust press release.
The YS Wildlife Habitat Community has pulled several groups together – Tecumseh Land Trust, Glen Helen Nature Preserve, Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions, the Village of YS, and the YS Environmental Commission – to celebrate a whole Earth Week with inspiring and educational activities, according to the release.
In addition, the YS Wildlife Habitat Community banner will be displayed in town in recognition of the importance of native plants. In 2019, Ohio became one of the first states in the country to have a law designating an entire month to native plants, according to ohionativeplantmonth.org.
Address: Agraria Barn, 131 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd., Yellow Springs
🌍April 24 — 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Native Plant Swap and Sale
“Glen Helen Nature Preserve’s Main parking lot at 405 Corry St., Yellow Springs. Bring native plants you’d like to thin out and share from your own garden, and swap them for other native plants you’d like to add. But don’t stay away for lack of native plants to swap – you can also purchase plants that day. If you want to clear out some plants to share them with us prior to April 24, that’s great! Call 937-767-9490 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with subject ‘plant swap.’”
🌍April 25 at 2 p.m. YS Wildlife Habitat Community Celebration
“Presentations from the Wildlife Habitat Team, Ohio Native Plant Month, the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge, milkweed plants give away, booths with habitat building information, live music with Novena, kids activities, including mask painting and more!
Socially distanced, masked required, at the Miami Township New Fire Dept. Parking Lot, Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs. Rain date is May 2. Check YS Wildlife Habitat Community Facebook page April 25 if weather looks iffy.”
Sarah joined the Dayton Daily News team in fall of 2019 covering general assignment. Since then, Sarah has covered the higher education beat, authored a daily COVID-19 column and currently covers Greene County.