Martin Park Nature Center will host a party for the planet from 1 to 4 p.m. April 12 during Earth Fest.
Earth Fest is an eco-friendly family festival that is part of the city’s Earth Month activities.
The park is at 5000 W Memorial Road.
Ecology education exhibits, a rain barrel workshop and raffle, alternative fuel cars, kids’ activities and an outdoor art exhibition are part of the event.
Eco-enthusiasts of all ages can enjoy interactive educational booths and displays where local experts will share information on aquaponics, composting with worms, beehive management and Blue Thumb water testing.
Participants can learn to dye fabrics with the sun and how to take part in online groups to track and monitor migrating bird and insect species. Also, the city’s fleet management office will exhibit CNG- and electric-powered vehicles.
Earth-friendly activities for kids will include making terrariums and flower pots from recycled materials, making bird feeders from bagels and making water cycle bracelets. Kids can then test their recycling know-how during the recycle relay race.
Mother Nature and Terry the Trashasaurus from OKC Beautiful will tell children about the effects of litter on the planet, while Cycler the Robot from Waste Management will talk about how to recycle at home. The city’s Wayne Drop will hand out information about keeping Oklahoma City’s waterways pollution-free.
A trek through the Martin Park woods may turn up some unique species of mushrooms crafted by local artist Leigh Martin. The park is installing three works of knit fiber fungi that will be displayed throughout April. Visitors will be challenged to find these special works along the Martin Park trails.
During Earth Fest, the city’s storm water quality office will raffle off a rain barrel. The drawing will be at 3 p.m., and the winning registrant must be present and able to take the rain barrel that day.
Rain barrel workshops
Before the festival, the city will host two rain barrel-making workshops, courtesy of the Oklahoma City Utilities Department and Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Co.
The classes start at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., and space is limited to 12 participants per class. There is no cost for the workshop, and all materials are supplied. Preregistration is required through the city’s online registration system at www.okc.gov/active. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information about Earth Fest, visit the city’s website at www.okc.gov/parks or call Martin Park Nature Center at 755-0676.