The Marshall County Conservation Board invites the public to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day on from 1 to 4:30 p.m. April 26 at the Grimes Farm and Conservation Center, 2359 233rd St.
"Four special activities are scheduled during the afternoon celebration for both families and individuals," MCCB Naturalist Diane Hall said.
Starting off the celebration will be a puppet show "Hector Detector - Insect Inspector" at 1 p.m. presented by veteran puppeteer/storyteller, Carol Taylor of Patchwork Puppets. Carol Taylor (The Puppet Lady) has entertained audiences with delightful tales for almost 40 years. She has a BFA in theatre/speech/education from Drake University and also an MGS degree from Drake focusing on creative arts therapy and education. A former classroom teacher and education director at the Des Moines Playhouse, Carol has conducted workshops throughout the country for students and adults.
Veteran puppeteer/storyteller, Carol Taylor of Patchwork Puppets. “The Puppet Lady” has entertained audiences with delightful tales for almost 40 years.
From 2 to 2:30 p.m. it's time to head outside for a Bug Hunt where families can explore the conservation center grounds in search of insects. Insect nets, bug boxes and magnifiers will be available to check out, but families may also bring their own equipment.
From 2:30 to 4 p.m. an Emerald Ash Borer Seminar will be presented by Mark Shour of Iowa State University Extension and Mike Kintner of Iowa Department of Ag and Land Stewardship. Topics covered will include what does the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and EAB damage look like, how does one prepare for EAB, treatments to save an ash tree, and new fire wood regulations. The public will also learn ash tree identification since Emerald Ash Borers are only associated with ash trees.
To round out the afternoon celebration, a tree planting activity will take place at 4 p.m. in the park with volunteers. Several apple trees will be added to the park to increase the plant diversity and provide food for wildlife and people. Volunteers interested in helping plant trees should indicate this when pre-registering.
Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required, for all or parts of the afternoon by calling the Marshall County Conservation Board at 641-752-5490.
The Grimes Farm and Conservation Center is located just west of Highland Acres Road between West Lincoln Way and West Iowa Avenue. For more information contact the Marshall County Conservation Board at 752-5490.