Wesselman Nature Society will host the Evansville Earth Event, a free community-wide celebration of the birthday of Earth Day. The event will take place on Saturday, April 21th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be held at no other than Evansville’s premier urban green space, the Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve.

The spring festival will feature a full day of entertainment, family oriented activities, eco-friendly demonstrations, nature hikes, animal encounters, scavenger hunts, and much more. Over 40 local not-for-profit groups and environmentally conscious businesses will demonstrate tools and techniques that anyone can use to be more earth savvy. Entertainment will be provided all day long on two stages by Tales and Scales, Rivertown Storytellers, Southern Hollow Dulcimers, Andy Norvell with Kyle Arnett, the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Magic Gardener, and the D’Alto School of Performing Arts.

“This is a great way to enjoy a leisurely day with the family and celebrate all that we have here in this community,” said Lauren Preske, Wesselman Nature Society’s Director of Education. “You can take a hike, see a musical performance, do an activity with the kids, or just relax and absorb the beauty of the woods in its spring debut.”

Many unique offers will be found at the event. Alcoa Warrick Operations will be giving away trees to the first 200 customers of the Earth Day celebration to commemorate Evansville’s bicentennial year. A Toddler Tales version of “The Lorax” program will be offered, as well as many nature experiences for the youngest at heart. A unique scavenger hunt can keep the family busy, as well as a recyclable obstacle course constructed by CMOE. Special appearances are planned by EVIE the Liter Dog, WES the raccoon mascot, and live animals. Several community-sponsored and painted rain barrels will be on display, to be auctioned off on April 22 at Mesker Park Zoo. Earth Day goers might receive a tree, plant, or other giveaway to take home and green up their own yard or neighborhood. There will be plenty to see and do for the whole family.