Meridian Township prepares for Earth Day

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Harris Nature Center prepares for Earth Day with multiple events that weekend.

Meridian Township is preparing for Earth Day on April 22 with multiple events to promote taking care of the earth.

The Harris Nature Center (HNC) will be hosting three events that weekend. On April 21, the HNC will host the first stewardship morning of spring and the songbird next box workshop. In addition, the Meridian Township  regional recycling event will take place at Chippewa Middle School at 9 a.m. The stewardship event begins at 9 a.m. and the workshop starts at 2 p.m.

“There are a couple things that we do at stewardship mornings,” Harris Nature Center Coordinator Kit Rich said. “We might remove invasive plants along the trails, do trail work, which is putting down wood chips, and helping the habitat meadow area, depending on what needs to be done.”

The program runs once every month through October.

After the stewardship morning, HNC will host the songbird nest box workshop. At this event, residents of Meridian Township have the opportunity to construct a wren box, a bluebird box, or a robin.

“The event is free, but the boxes that are taken home do have a cost. But we provide the wood, nails and hammers for participants,” said Rich.

The recycling event takes place once in the spring, and once in the fall.

The event is open to the region, so people who are not residents of Meridian Township can donate their old materials too. Accepted materials include electronics, paint, household items, egg cartons, packing peanuts, bikes and metal.

According to the Meridian Township website, the event is free, but fees may apply to paint, televisions and items with Freon.

“We have about half a dozen partners that take the materials from us,” Harvey said.

The items are given to other organizations who will repurpose the items. These organizations include E-Paint Recycling, Friedland Industries, Salvation Army, Goodwill, MSU Bikes, Share a Bike, Bestway Pak-N-Send and Titus Farms.

As for April 22, or Earth Day, HNC will be hosting an Earth Day walkabout.

The walkabout will be guided by the naturalists, so that guests will not get lost on the pathways. There will be an admission charge of $3.  

The recycling event and stewardship mornings are still looking for volunteers. Contact LeRoy Harvey at 517-853-4466 to sign up for the recycling event, and Kit Rich at 517-349-3866 to sign up for the stewardship mornings.