DIXON, Iowa (KWQC – Earth Day is right around the corner. The Wapsi River Environmental Education Center organized its annual spring cleanup in celebration.
About a dozen community members met at the Wapsi river Environmental Education Center to remove unwanted brush and invasive species from the area. The goal was to make way for new green as the weather warms.
Dave Murcia, director of the Wapsi River Environmental Education Center, said that Earth Day is an opportunity for us all to recognize the Earth and its sacredness as well as a reminder to care for it in a more sustainable manner.
Connie Schmitz (a Clinton, IA resident) attended the cleanup with her grandchildren, in hopes of instilling a love for nature and respect in them. Ryan Schmitz and Ellie Schmitz are working today to earn their junior naturalist merit badges. Ryan earned it today because of all the hard work he did for the environment. Ellie is well on her path to achieving it in a near future.
According to Earthday.org the official mission statement of this year’s Earth Day is:
We need to be unstoppable in our efforts to protect and preserve our health, families, and livelihoods. We must all invest together in our planet.
Susan McPeters is a member of the Friends of the Wapsi Group. She stressed the importance of investing locally in our planet.
You can help them like this and be more involved, she said. Participating in the annual clean up day, or being a host at the nature center.
Check out the website if you’d like to get involved Wapsi River Center Environmental Education Centers Website for all available programs and volunteer opportunities.
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