Early Earth Day and Arbor Day

Earth DayASHLAND, Ore. — Thousands celebrated Earth Day early at ScienceWorks in Ashland Saturday. There were 65 exhibits showing visitors different technologies, tips for energy conservation, waste management, habitat restoration and even a cardboard city.

One of the event coordinators, Paige Prewett, says the focus of the event was education. “All of the exhibitors are here with the intention of education in mind. We don’t have any exhibitors that are selling things or here to distribute junk. All of them are here and we require them to distribute quality information to the people who are here to learn.”

The official Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22.

Meanwhile, Arbor Day enthusiasts celebrated the holiday early in Talent. The holiday is marked on the final Friday in April.

Dozens gathered in Talent to enjoy kid-friendly offerings like coloring and tree and leaf stamp art. Experts say Oregon celebrates an Arbor Week because of the high value placed on trees in the state. The “Friends of Trees” group organized the event in Talent. It’s a city subcommittee dedicated to the care and health of local trees.