Last week marked the celebration of World Wetlands Day. Wetlands come in many forms and go by many ways. Wetlands are some of the most important resources for migratory birds such as ducks, geese, and sandhill cranes. They also support moose, black bears, lynx and other wildlife. Cranberries and blueberries also grow in bogs in the northern United States. Despite their many benefits, the United States looses about 60,000 acres of wetlands each year. Help preserve and monitor wetlands near you by visiting the EPA's website.
Pedal into spring with the first Bike Bop of the new year on March 10th from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. This 10-mile ride begins at Park+Vine and meanders to the Green Learning Center at the Civic Garden Center. Last year the Civic Garden Center transformed an empty lot and gas station at Oak and Reading into a hands-on laboratory. Students and adults learn how to apply sustainable practice to their gardens and the systems that support them. Space is limited to the first 20 people who RSVP. To RSVP email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connect Ohio is pleased to have Gallia County Economic Development in conjunction with Gallia County Jobs & Family Services as partners in the statewide Every Citizen Online broadband training project. The free computer and internet basics course is helping area adults connect and communicate in ways many people take for granted. The coursework is geared toward first-time computer and broadband users, includes computer basics, an introduction to the internet and how broadband can be helpful in daily life. Upcoming classes are scheduled for March 12th and 13th from 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm.
Keep Cincinnati Beautiful is asking us to save the date: Saturday, March 31st from 10 am - 1 pm. This year they will be kicking off the Great American Cleanup by cleaning the city's dirtiest highway's exit and entrance ramps. They have teamed up with the Ohio Department of Transportation, but citizen volunteers are also needed to pitch in.
Kids and parents can join us at Woodland Mound Seasongood Nature Center and get in on the fun, before everyone else does! The Family New Year’s Eve Nature Celebration will be on Saturday, December 31 with festivities starting at 6:00 p.m. and a ball drop at 9:00 p.m. The celebration will be filled with crafts and activities for the kids along with special guests, including a magician , live animals and balloon sculptures. The highlight of the party will be a special ball drop at 9:00 p.m.