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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Make Plans Now to Take Part in Earth Day Weekend Events and Activities

Ever wonder what you can on Earth Day weekend to make a difference in the community? Here are two things to help you get in touch with nature.

Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21:
First, volunteer to get your hands dirty in Highland Park restoring trails, building bridges, getting some fresh air, and just having fun in the woods in the annual Due Energy sponsored event.

Jeff Mohr of Duke Energy will again lead the event.  This will be his fourth year leading the event. Mohr says, “Duke Energy’s grant donations and its employees who volunteer for these events have made a heavy impact on our progress but we couldn’t do any of this without the help of the Fort Thomas community and its public servants.  Fort Thomas takes pride in its town and I see that year in and year out during these events.”

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And just what will the specific tasks be this year? Mohr says, “This year’s events will be concentrating on the trails and invasive species removal around the park.  We have blazed in a full perimeter trail in the last year and it needs some fine tuning that includes grading, bridge building, and graveling.  We have removed any hazardous dead trees (99% of them being ash) along the trail to ensure a safe hike in the woods.  Our volunteer needs are endless.  We have plenty of work to do so long as mother nature is kind to us over the next few weeks.” 

Highland Park Sign-up:
Click on the links below to sign up.
April 20, 8:00 - 2:00 Sign-up:                          
April 21, 8:00 - 12:00 Sign-up:  
Google Form Sign-up:

Sunday, April 22: 
Visit the Mess Hall and Tower Park on Sunday, 12:00 - 5:00 for the largest Earth Day celebration in Northern Kentucky. The event will include lots of activities for kids and families, exhibitors, vendors, hikes, and demonstrations. The event is sponsored by the Fort Thomas Forest Conservancy and the City of Fort Thomas.

Debbie Buckley, the city’s Economic Development Director and one of the organizers, says, “This year’s Earth Day event is going to bring so many groups together who share a love of our natural resources. One would never guess how many people in Fort Thomas and our neighboring community focus their talents and passion on protecting and enriching the earth around us. From bicycles to recycling, from hiking to composting, these vendors and participants love this earth. Everyone should see this because you live here too.” 

Here are the times for scheduled events. Vendors, exhibitors, food trucks are available all day.

Schedule of Presentations & Events

12-2:00 PM: Museum Porch
Tree Identification Talk
Join Sam Dietz as she presents samples of trees and bark and works with the group to perform tree identification.

12:00-5:00 PM: Outside the Mess Hall
Plant Sale

12:00-5:00 PM: Native Garden
Self-Guided Native Garden Tour
Weather permitting

12:00-5:00 PM: Museum
Wildflower Walk led by John Homer and supported with the Fort
Thomas App.

12:00-5:00 PM: Museum
"I went to the woods" Trail Quest

12:00-12:30 PM: Mess Hall Talk Area
Backyard Chicken Farming

12:45-1:15 PM: Mess Hall Talk Area
Photographing Nature

1:00 - ?: Outside the Mess Hall
The Barracks Project: Homeless Veterans Program
1.1 Mile Walk

1:00-1:30: Near the Museum
Fort Thomas Tree Commission - Tree Planting Demonstration
Mark will detail the logistics for the tree planting demonstration

1:30-2:00: Near the Museum
 Mark will demonstrate how to control invasive plants

2:00 - 3:00: Amphitheatre
Mint Yoga: Outdoor Yoga

2:15-2:45: Mess Hall Talk Area
Backyard Habitat Presentation

3:00-3:30: Mess Hall Talk Area
 Backyard Composting with Emily Zoller

3:30 - 4:00: Mess Hall
Backyard Habitat Certification Presentation

Kid's Activities

12:00 - 5:00 PM: Large Tree in the Park
Earth Joy: Tree Climbing

12:00 - 5:00 PM: Outside the Mess Hall
Sun Rock Farms: Petting Zoo

12:00 - 5:00 PM: Mess Hall Booth
Face Painting

12:00 - 5:00 PM: Mess Hall Booth
Rock Painting

12:00 - 1:00 PM: Outside the Mess Hall
Natural Tie Dye: Groups of 10-12

12:00 - 1:00 PM: Staging Area for the Mess Hall
Nature Friends: Natural Art Station
20 children / group

1:00 - 1:30 PM: Mess Hall Kid's Area
Decorate & Plant a Pot: 10-15 children / group

1:15 - 2:15 PM: Outside the Mess Hall
Natural Tie Dye
Groups of 10-12

1:30 - 2:30 PM: Mess Hall Kid's Area
Nature Friends: Natural Art Station
20 children / group

2:30 - 3:00 PM: Mess Hall Kid's Area
Decorate & Plant a Pot
 10-15 children / group

2:30 - 3:30 PM: Outside the Mess Hall
Natural Tie Dye
Groups of 10-12

2:45 - 3:15 PM: Mess Hall Kid's Area
Decorate & Plant a Pot
10-15 children / group

3:45- 4:45 PM: Outside the Mess Hall
Natural Tie Dye
Groups of 10-12

Celebrate Earth Day with your family, friends, and neighbors. It’s like Albert Einstein said, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” 

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