The public is invited to celebrate Earth Day Sunday, April 22 at four free events - morning fun runs, an afternoon festival, an evening planting session and an Earth Night celebration. Lincoln Earth Day is organized by Mayor Beutler's Cleaner Greener Lincoln initiative, WasteCap Nebraska and a team of volunteers.
Events begin with 8 a.m. trail runs at the Wilderness Park Fitness Loop. Registration for this event has closed, but spectators are welcome for the adult 5K and the one-mile run for kids. More than 80 runners are expected.
Activities from noon to 5 p.m. at Antelope Park include the first farmers market of the season. In addition to locally grown produce, items include gelato, French pastries, Meadowlark Coffee and baked goods. Rolling Fire Catering will serve pizza made from local, seasonal ingredients, and Hollenbeck Farms will grill burgers with locally produced meat. More than 80 exhibitor booths will feature businesses, non-profits and UNL student groups. Attractions include family activities, arts and crafts, the artistic rain barrel auction, bike tours and safety training, presentations, live music and exercise sessions.
A 5:30 p.m. event at Pioneers Park Nature Center includes prairie garden tours, a discussion of the importance of native plants and information on incorporating native species into gardens.
At 6:30 p.m., doors open for Earth Night at the Rococo Theatre, 140 N. 13th St. Activities will include an eco-art exhibit, Ignite Lincoln Earth Day presentations, a sustainable fashion show with local designers and businesses, and live music by Once A Pawn and UUVVWWZ. Attendees will be able to purchase food from Daffodil Catering. Local, organic and non-GMO drinks will be featured. Studio Orange Photography will offer a photo booth. Lincoln Earth Day organizers ask patrons to consider a $5 free will donation.
Information on all events is available at lincolnearthday.org. The rain date for some events is Sunday, April 29.