Three Cheers for Earth Day!

Earth Day is April 22nd, a day we can learn how to best care for the natural world around us, and what actions we can take to reverse some of the damage done. Corvallis has a few fun ways to celebrate, including toasting Mother Earth with local brews, cleaning up our community with fellow university attendees and employees, and learning more about the healing power of fresh grown herbs.

Earth Ball: Party With Purpose
Sky High Brewery is hosting a rooftop party to support the Corvallis Environmental Center. CEC has many programs promoting community education on nature and sustainability including the Avery Center, Starker Arts Park Sage Garden, and many classrooms throughout the school district. CEC is a resource this town is so fortunate to have.

In honor of Earth Day, this rooftop bash will include cornhole, mask-making, live music, a photo booth, and raffle giveaways from local business. Sky High’s excellent beer will be available. Something new to this year’s Earth Ball is that the party will be for ages 21 and older after 10 p.m. Parents, have dinner downstairs with the your children and then drop them off for childcare at Odd Fellows where they’ll be hosting a Kid’s Earth Ball from 7 to 10 p.m. Light snacks will be provided. Cost for Kid’s Ball is $15; there will be eco-conscious fun for all ages! Tickets for Earth Ball are $13 online and $15 at the door. If you sign up to volunteer one or more shifts you may hit the ball for free! Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

OSU Earth Day of Service
Striving to create connection through holistic sustainability, Oregon State University is hosting a service day to students, faculty, staff, and their families. Held on Earth Day, service opportunities will range from invasive species removal, trail and habitat restoration, litter clean-up, gardening, and more. Save the date, as more details will be released two weeks prior to the event.

Following their long-standing tradition of Earth Day Celebration, OSU will again be hosting Earth Day Hoo Haa held at The OSU Student Farm, by the OSU Grower’s Club. All community members and children are invited to the farm from 3:30 p.m. until dark on April 22nd. There will be free transportation, a free baked potato dinner (bring a plate and fork) and live music. Admission is free. There will also be tours of the farm, space and set-up to play disc golf, and, the crowning incentive; baby chicks. This is a family-friendly event, and no pets are allowed.

Earth Day at The Thyme Garden
Expect a day of fun and learning on Earth Day at the lovely Thyme Garden, which is nestled into the Coastal Range Mountains of Alsea, OR. Among the activities for children will be story time and a scavenger hunt. They will also offer forest tours, lessons on working with herbs and information about their healing benefits. Jaiaen Beck, a teacher of Shamanism and alternative healing practices will close the day. Plant starts will be available and the craft shop will be open with herbal refreshments including bread and soup. Take a lovely, scenic drive out to Alsea, for a lovely day spent in the gardens.
Whether you’re showing your kiddos how to separate the recyclables, making a meal with your loved ones using all local produce, or giving back to our special community by spending the day cleaning up and restoring, show our earth some love on the 22nd.

By Leah Biesack

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