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Master Naturalists to host Earth Day event Saturday
Earth Day

A local group is using Earth Day as a way to teach the community about the local environment.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, members of Forsyth County Master Naturalists, an extension group through the University of Georgia, will host Earth Day festivities at Fowler Park. 

“We’re hosting, for Earth Day, several free activities for the general public, and everyone is welcome to come,” said Jeannie Davis, president of the group. “We’d love to have children come accompanied by their parents, as well as anyone on the Big Creek Greenway. We’re near the … Big Creek Greenway Trailhead at Fowler Park.”

Davis said the group will have tables and displays set up for those who come by.

“We’ll have tables to give out free information to give out on everything from how to build bluebird houses, how to save your water, how to protect the animals and native trees,” Davis said. “We will also have interactive displays, where you can participate by taking a quiz and learning new information.”

Interactive displays including how to save water, local frog populations and “vampire insects,” such as chiggers, ticks, fleas and mosquitos, will also be exhibited.

“We’ll learn how frogs and toads provide natural pest control. I know mosquitos are a big deal, and frogs eat a lot of those,” Davis said. “We’re supposed to have 14 species of frogs in Forsyth County. If some aren’t there, then we need to know why.”

The group will also have a team with other information at the Bethelview trailhead of the greenway from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

“They’ll be there with the native garden that they’ve created, and they’ll be there showing the public how they can plant native plants that will attract native pollinators,” Davis said. 

Fowler Park is at 4110 Carolene Way. For more information on the Master Naturalists, go to FCMasterNaturalists.com.