25th annual Earth Day Festival

22News was there to find the Earth Day Festival very educational.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It was a beautiful day to be outdoors, and what better way than to celebrate the 25th Annual Earth Day Festival in Springfield. 22News was there to find it very educational.

Daniel Augustino told 22News, “Its the 25th anniversary of the Earth Day festival here at the Springfield museum. We’re fortunate today, we have a beautiful day outside today out on the Quadrangle Green.”

Educational and very hands-on Earth Day activities for the 25th annual Earth Day Festival.

Many different environmental organizations gathered to get the word out and educate people on the environment. From the Hampden County Beekeepers Association to organizations like Regreen Springfield were down in Springfield Sunday.

David Bloniarz, President of Regreen Springfield, told 22News, “We’ve been able to plant about 4,000 new trees across the city trying to regreen the tree canopy. We’re still thousands of trees behind, but the idea is to make people aware they can join us part of our citizen tree volunteer program.”

Dotty Karen, who works for the Western Massachusetts Master Gardener’s Association, quizzed me on everyday gardening myths people seem to fall for often. She asked 22News, are banana peels are good to bury in your garden? The answer was yes;banana peels have lots of potassium, which is good for the soil.

22News also got to talk with a local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful who sponsors the Great American Cleanup. If you’re looking to give back to the environment and make a difference your community, you can join the neighborhood cleanup.

Paul Martin, clerk of Keep Springfield Beautiful, told 22News, “We have a number of locations where people can pick up bags and gloves, cleanup neighborhoods, cleanup parks.”

That event will be held on April 30th. More information can be found here.

Earth Day is also on April 22nd this year.

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