MOUNDSVILLE - Two holidays focusing on the environment, the earth and the future will be celebrated on two Saturdays in April with a variety of educational and fun activities slated at Grand Vue Park in Moundsville.
According to Karen Cox, agriculture and natural resources program assistant for Marshall County WVU Extension Service, while West Virginia Arbor Day is officially observed April 11, a Grand Vue Park celebration is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 12.
Earth Day, which is officially observed April 22, will be celebrated the same times April 26.
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Making plans for the upcoming Arbor Day and Earth Day celebrations in the month of April at Grand Vue Park in Moundsville are from left, Grand Vue Park Operations Director Rick Vargo and General Manager Craig White and Karen Cox, agriculture and natural resources program assistant for Marshall County WVU Extension Service.
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Karen Cox, agriculture and natural resources program assistant for Marshall County WVU Extension Service, displays a map outlining Grand Vue Park in Moundsville.
Arbor Day is the annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in everyday lives and promotes tree planting and care. As a formal holiday it was first observed in 1872, according to The National Arbor Day Foundation.
Meanwhile, Earth Day was first celebrated nationally in 1970, then internationally in 1990 in support of environmental protection.
Cox said the community will come together and "celebrate trees" during the Arbor Day event at the park, which will be held near the red barn.
Arbor Day Celebration Events April 12
- General activities start at 9 a.m.
- 11 a.m. Arbor Day planting
- Join Brent Lyons, WV DOF Management Forester on woods walks to learn about the importance of forests and good forest management at the top of the hour.
- Join Karen Cox, WVU ES Agriculture Program Assistant for Marshall County for a talk at the top of each hour on "When, Why, and How to Prune a Tree."
- Join Patty Gundrum, WVDA Agricultural Plant Pathologist at the fire ring to learn about, "how bringing your own firewood can destroy your favorite campground."
- Join AEP to learn about how to choose the right tree for the right place.
- Join the WVU Extension Master Gardeners to learn about how to care for a garden.
She said the Earth Day event will be held two weeks later near the cabins.
She said both celebrations will be open to the general public.
"We definitely want kids involved in this ... we are going to have some youth activities," Cox said.
Additionally, she said they hope to include youth-teaching-youth activities.
"It's always more fun for kids to learn from other kids, so that's what we are going to push for," Cox said, adding experts will be on hand to help educate the public about how people can affect the environment.
"Most holidays celebrate or remember something that has come to pass ... Arbor Day and Earth Day both celebrate the future," Cox continued. "They are truly days that belong to the children as through those celebrations we are bettering futures of generations to follow. I am forever thankful to the people in our history who planted and preserved the trees that I enjoy today."
Cox said Grand Vue Park has always been a "great partner" for the extension service in Marshall County. She said the park offers a great venue for learning about nature, forestry and our environment. She said in addition to the activities, visitors are invited to hike the trails, watch the birds or take advantage of everything else the park has to offer.
Grand Vue Park General Manager Craig White said he is extremely excited about both events being held at the park.
"This is a great partnership with the West Virginia Extension Service," said White. "Grand Vue Park is without a doubt one of the best event venues in Marshall County."
"Let's make sure that our children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren have trees and forests in their lives," Cox added.