Celebrate Earth Day with Friday nature walks, ice cream

Marion County’s Earth Day celebration will feature guided hikes and more.

On Friday, you could get a free ice cream sundae for celebrating Earth Day.

Marion County Environmental Services is hosting an Earth Day party April 22 from 4-8 p.m. at Spong’s Landing Park, 6525 22nd Ave N in Keizer.

“This family-friendly event will provide educational outreach about the environment through activities like guided nature walks, terrarium building, and educational scavenger hunts,” the county said in a news release Monday evening. “There will also be opportunities to win earth-friendly prizes like reusable versions of common single-use items, portable kits to facilitate item repair, and countertop composting bins to help reduce food waste.”

The event is free and open to the public. The first 200 people to arrive will get free ice cream from the On Any Sundae ice cream truck.

If a month-long Earth Day observation is more your style, the county also has a Passport to Sustainability, a list of 20 activities that can be completed in April to reduce your impact on the environment and connect with nature. The list features activities divided by elements: air (including using public transit), earth (visiting a county park), fire (take a virtual Leave no Trace training) and water (sign up for a waterway cleanup).

Residents who complete activities can get prizes while supplies last, including a hydroponic gardening kit for people who complete all activities. More information is available on the county’s Earth Day website.

-Rachel Alexander