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Tree plantings, health walks: Earth Day events planned in Snoqualmie, Carnation

With Earth Day officially being observed Sunday, April 22, Snoqualmie Valley communities plan environment-minded events:

Snoqualmie Earth Day Fair and Walk

Join the Snoqualmie Tribe to celebrate Earth Day with a community fair and walk, 11 a.m. to  2 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Sandy Cove Park, 7970 Falls Ave. S.E. in downtown Snoqualmie.

Begin the event by signing up for the Healthy People for a Healthy Earth Walk. The walk will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the parking lot by Sandy Cove Park and will continue along Centennial Trail toward Snoqualmie Parkway alongside the historic train cars.  At the end of the trail, get a complimentary grab bag and be entered into a raffle for a backyard composting kit. Visit interactive booths for organic food samples and to learn about native plants and their uses, energy efficiency, and recycling options.  At noon, enjoy a free lunch of salmon and other foods.

Earth Day tree planting at Stillwater Wildlife area

A public tree planting is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Stillwater Wildlife Area near Carnation. Sound Salmon Solutions, with help from King Conservation District, Ducks Unlimited, Boeing and REI, will lead more than 100 volunteers planting trees to continue salmon habitat restoration efforts along Harris Creek. Learn more at SoundSalmonSolutions.org.

Plant a Tree to Celebrate Snoqualmie Arbor Day

Join in the Annual Snoqualmie Arbor Day Celebration, 10 a.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Railroad Park Gazebo in downtown Snoqualmie. There will be educational games for children to learn about trees, and each child will receive a free tree seedling to plant at home. This year’s Arbor Day poster contest winner, Megan Caro of Snoqualmie Elementary School, will be presented with an award by Mayor Matt Larson.

Community Tree Plantings in Snoqualmie

Following the Arbor Day celebration downtown, there will be two tree planting events.

• 11:45 a.m., Shade Tree Planting at Snoqualmie Community Park (35016 S.E. Ridge St.) Meet at the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA parking lot entrance.

• 11:45 a.m., Native Seedling Planting, Swenson neighborhood on Snoqualmie Ridge, 35007 S.E. Swenson St. Meet on Swenson Street in front of Swenson Park.

Volunteers are needed to plant trees at both events. Participants should wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, gloves, and rain gear as needed. No experience is required. To sign up, contact Phil Bennett, city arborist, at pbennett@ci.snoqualmie.wa.us or (425) 766-2452. Registration is optional, but appreciated.

Urban Forest Nursery is donating three Celebration Maple shade trees in honor of Snoqualmie’s second year as a Tree City.

 

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