For six years, the Wesselman Nature Preserve Society has dedicated a day to the recognition and celebration of the River City’s natural environments — Evansville Earth Day. The free, outdoor event, held April 21, will move from the Howell Wetlands to the 200-acre Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve to accommodate the anticipated 1,800-plus attendees, local organizations, and performers.
There are plenty of educational activities that focus on the preservation of Evansville’s premier urban green space. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., kids can interact with wildlife, race through an obstacle course of recyclables, build a nest, go on a scavenger hunt, and more. Families are encouraged to take a guided nature hike, learn how to “go green” around the home, and watch eco-friendly demonstrations.
The festival is a “community-wide celebration,” says Lauren Preske, coordinator of Earth Day and director of education of the Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve Society. “This year it’s centrally localized so everyone can attend.” Guests can anticipate entertainment from the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, D’ Alto School of Performing Arts, Tales & Scales, and more, and activities created by Evansville Children’s Museum, Mesker Park Zoo, and Angel Mounds.
“This is a great way to enjoy a leisurely day with your family and celebrate all that we have in this community,” says Preske. “You can take a hike, do an activity with your kids, or just relax and absorb the beauty of the woods and its spring debut.”