Think "Earth Day" and what do you see? Children planting trees or flowers. Volunteers cleaning beaches. Going green with cleaning supplies. Recycling. Stopping by a farmers market.
Probably all of the above, and then some.
For more than 40 years, April 22 has been a day we Earthlings celebrate -- and think about -- our planet. The ground beneath our feet. The air we breathe.
At least two events in South Mississippi this week will celebrate community gardens.
On Friday, a dedication/groundbreaking Community Garden and Fruit Tree Planting Blessing Ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at 34th Street and Eighth Avenue. The Education, Economics, Environmental, Climate and Health Organization, in partnership with the city of Gulfport, will hold the event in observance of International Earth Day. Plans for the fruit orchard and garden site include a pavilion that will be used for community education and wellness programs. The ceremony is open to the public.
On Saturday, a Children's Spring Garden Planting event will begin at 9 a.m. at Hiller Park
Renaissance Garden in Biloxi. Organizers say the event is a way to bring fun and benefits of gardening to South Mississippi little ones. Participants who join Horticulture for Humanity will receive a free birdhouse. The event will offer refreshments and prizes. To reserve plants and a garden site for each child, call 388-2622.
Also on Saturday, Gautier will hold a Earth Day Celebration from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at George Martin City Park and feature children's activities.
At the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, 5107 Arthur St., Moss Point, 9 a.m. tp 3 p.m., an Earth Day celebration and BioQuest will be held, featuring a variety of stations to explore birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians and fish. At 10 a.m., Peggy Stowers from Anchor QEA will talk about the Mississippi Habitat Stewards program; from 10 a.m. to noon, painter Alison Henry will demonstrate her bird paintings; and from 10 to 11:30 a.m., young children and families be able to participate in gardening activities and play in the Children's Nature Play Garden with the Junior Auxiliary.
In Ocean Springs, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Waste Pro Earth Day Community Picnic 2016 will be held at Little Children's Park, featuring recycling-themed games. Free food and drinks will be available, while supplies last.