Touch the Earth Festival

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Let’s celebrate Earth Day!

Join us for a FREE event on April 17 from 1 – 4 P.M. at the pavilion in Marilla Park, Morgantown, WV.

Co-hosted by:
West Virginia Land Trust
Mon Valley Greenspace Coalition
Mon River Trails Conservancy
Friends of Decker’s Creek
Recycle Right Morgantown
Mon Chapter of the Sierra Club
Morgantown Green Team

The Festival will include educational activities by members of participating organizations, including guided tours of Marilla Park’s new trail, a tree-planting party, and a scavenger hunt in which participants will learn to identify trees and plants. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn everything from how to build a sustainable hiking-and-biking trail to how to spot and avoid poison ivy. Trees on the trail route will have signage with information about their ecological and financial benefits, particularly as they relate to easing the adverse effects of climate change.

Guided tours of the new trail will be given at 1:30 and 3:30 P.M.
Tree-planting will occur at 2:30 P.M.

Throughout the festival, information on recycling, the rail-trails, the WVLT’s Toms Run Preserve, and the proposed Morgantown southern greenbelt will be available.

Guests who wish to participate in tree planting activities are encouraged to wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and gloves (so as to avoid contact with poison ivy) and bring shovels, if they have them. (Some shovels and other tools will be available for public use.)

In keeping with the state’s Covid-19 guidelines, guests are required to wear masks and maintain appropriate social distances.

The festival will occur rain or shine.

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