Wapsi River Environmental Education Center Annual Spring Cleanup

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DIXON, Iowa (KWQC) – With Earth Day approaching, the Wapsi River Environmental Education Center held its annual spring cleanup to celebrate Earth Day.

This morning, a dozen community members gathered at the Wapsi River Environmental Education Center to clear invasive species and unwanted brush from the area in hopes of making way for the new green to bloom as as the weather warms up.

Dave Murcia, Director of the Wapsi River Environmental Education Centre, said: “Earth Day is a chance not only for us in conservation and our group of friends and the public, but for all of us in the community, the region, the world, to recognize the Earth as sacred and even as a place that we must take care of in a more sustainable way.

Clinton, IA resident Connie Schmitz attended the cleanup with her grandchildren in hopes of instilling in them a love and respect for nature. Both grandchildren, Ryan and Ellie Schmitz, are now working towards earning their Junior Naturalist Merit Badges. Ryan earned it today thanks to all the hard work he’s done for the environment and Ellie is well on her way to achieving that in the near future as well.

According to Earthday.org, the official mission statement for this year’s Earth Day is as follows:

Now is the time to show unstoppable courage to preserve and protect our health, our families, our livelihoods. Together, we must invest in our planet.

Susan McPeters, a member of the Friends of Wapsi group, focused on ways to invest locally in our planet.

“You can support them like that and be more actively involved,” she said. “By being a host at the nature center or by participating in something like that, the annual clean-up day.

If you would like to get involved, check out the Wapsi River Center Environmental Education Center website for all of their available programs and volunteer opportunities.

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