WTMC Celebrates Earth Day

The City of Peoria's PlanetPalooza Earth Day Festival was held on April 21 in Westwing Park.  WTMC Outreach Ambassadors turned out in force wearing their green Conservancy shirts to engage with the planet-conscious revelers.

As well as handing out park maps and Conservancy information, children and adults alike were invited to identify animal and bird skulls and also learn more about the PEAK/Leave No Trace initiative.  

Steward Marcia Fontenot, who is championing this exciting program, demonstrated the ten essential items that should be packed to ensure a safe and trash-free hike or camping excursion.  

Children were shown pictures of everyday items such as bottles and plastic bags, and asked to guess how long it takes for them to biodegrade.  The answers were pretty shocking and made everyone stop and think.  Did you know that it takes 1 million years for a glass bottle to biodegrade?  

The activity-filled festival featured live music, dancing, recycled fashion show, and a display of exotic snakes and reptiles.  Steve Rugh and Scott Kranzusch were the only brave volunteers who accepted the challenge to pet two very friendly lizards, while John Laabs and Valerie Madarasz took a rain check!  

A big thank you to all the volunteers, including Nancy and Bruce Martin, who stopped by to help and gave everyone a chance to take a break to enjoy this eco-friendly festival.