Several public events will be held in the Helena area Thursday (today), Friday and Saturday, commemorating the 46th Earth Day and offering celebrators the chance to do everything from cleaning up a local park to learning about renewable energy.

EARTH Action

EARTH Action will be held at Montana Wild, 2668 Broadwater Avenue, at 11 a.m. This Earth Day event is designed by students to help create community awareness about the environment.

Keynote speaker Gov. Steve Bullock will kick off the event. There will be government, community and student designed booths, a trashion fashion show, and food vendors, including Copperline Pastys, Lifehouse Coffee and more. It's a great opportunity to celebrate Earth Day and to make an impact.

Moonlight hike

Join the Montana Discovery Foundation for a moonlight hike at the Helena Regulating Reservoir Thursday evening at 6 p.m. to look at scenery and migratory birds. Organizers have extra binoculars for participants, and there is no age restriction. Call 495-3718 or find the foundation on Facebook for more information.

Spring Meadow Lake beach sweep

In the spirit of Earth Day, on Friday from 9:30-11:30 a.m., children are invited to team up to get Spring Meadow Lake a little greener.

This event is organized by sixth-grader Jasmine Hinshaw, with the help of her friends and Adventures Unlimited. The event's mission is to help instill community environmental stewardship in local area youth. Aluminum cans, food wrappers, and other litter will be sorted into recyclables and trash. For more information, or to find out how to become involved in the Spring Meadow Lake Beach Sweep, call Jasmine at 465-4562.

Family wildflower hunt

Join the Montana Discovery Foundation and the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest on Friday for a Family Wildflower Hunt on Mount Helena from 10 a.m. to noon. Organizers will have some activities and crafts and plenty of opportunity to practice wildflower spotting.

Come to the main parking area above Reeder's Village with extra points awarded for walking or biking. Call 495-3718 for more information.

Montana Wild Earth Day

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is celebrating springtime and Earth Day by showing two films about young wild animals at Montana Wild on Friday.

“Catch Me If You Can” features Montana young “grazers” and “predators” in their natural habitats. Produced by Trailway Films and filmed by Bob Landis and Helena’s own Mike Gurnett, these fun, fast-paced movies are perfect for young children.

The 30-minute show “grazers” begins at 1 p.m. and the 30-minute show “predators” begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Montana Wild Education Center, located at 2668 Broadwater Ave., next to Spring Meadow Lake State Park off Highway 12 West. For more information call 444-9944.

Earth Day Expo at Carroll College

The Alternative Energy Resources Organization, Montana Department of Environmental Quality, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation and the Carroll College Environmental Program will host an Earth Day Expo on the Carroll College campus, 1601 N. Benton Ave., Saturday, April 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event will feature a series of community-led workshops indoor and out, along with an expo of organizations and businesses, local food vendors and live music throughout the day, according to Corrie Williamson, outreach director for AERO.

“This year’s event will foster community engagement with energy, agriculture, and environment,” he said. “From state agency programs to entrepreneurs and nonprofits, we see good things happening in Montana for biomass, solar, farming, conservation and other sustainable efforts. The expo will offer valuable resources and information.”

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