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Oklahoma City honors Earth with eco-friendly activities in April

Post Date:03/30/2017 2:55 PM

Oklahoma City is honoring the planet with several eco-friendly events this spring in celebration of Earth Day on April 22. Everyone is invited to participate in Earth-conscious activities for residents of all ages and interests.

Conserve water with rain barrels – order by April 9

Conserve water and reduce pollution by using rain barrels. OKC residents can buy discounted rain barrels for $63.50 each at this link on upcycle-products.com. Order deadline is April 9. Pickup is 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 14 or 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. April 15 from the City’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility, 1621 S Portland Ave. Call (405) 297-1797 or email andrea.shelton@okc.gov for details.

Community tree planting on April 7

Celebrate National Arbor Month and Earth Month and learn how to plant and care for trees from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 7 at Will Rogers Gardens, 3400 NW 36th Street. Participants will plant trees in the arboretum and learn tips and techniques for tree planting success. Free for all ages. Groups welcome.

Try Spokies for free on April 21

Try out Spokies, OKC’s bike sharing program, for free for half an hour on April 21. Use the Earth Day code, 04212017, at any Spokies kiosk. Unlimited one-hour rides are available for two days ($9), 30 days ($9.95) and a year ($70), or check out a bike without a pass using the walk-up rate of $3.50 for each half-hour. Visit spokiesokc.com for passes, kiosk locations and more.

Free EMBARK rides on April 21

In celebration of Earth Day, EMBARK will offer free bus rides April 21 for all fixed-route service and Zone 1 paratransit service. Visit embarkok.com or call (405) 235-7433 for details.

Fish Hatchery open house on April 21

Learn about the City’s fisheries management program during the H.B. Parsons Fish Hatchery free open house from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 21 at 10940 N Meridian Ave. Learn about fish rearing, stocking and habitat work on the City’s lakes, in-park ponds and the Oklahoma River. Visit the City’s stock ponds and learn about the “Close to Home” and fishing education programs.

Earth Fest is April 29

Enjoy free eco-friendly crafts, games and family activities at Earth Fest from 1 to 5 p.m. April 29. Grown-ups learn easy at-home conservation tips while young explorers create nature-themed crafts and learn about ecology. City staff will be on hand with recycling information and alternative fuel vehicles. Martin Park Nature Center is hosting the event, but due to construction it will be held at Stars & Stripes Park, 3701 S Lake Hefner Drive.

Recycle tires, ammo, computers and pharmaceuticals April 29

Safely recycle ammunition, tires, computers, and pharmaceuticals 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 29 inside Gate 5 on the south side of State Fair Park, east of the arena. Enter on Gordon Cooper Boulevard at N May Avenue. Prove OKC residency with your most recent City of Oklahoma City utility bill. Syringes, liquids, inhalers, tire rims, wheels, and televisions are not accepted. Businesses should call the state Department of Environmental Quality at (405) 702-5100. 

Adopt a street for two years

Help keep our community beautiful with the Adopt-A-City-Street program. Groups adopt a street for two years and commit to at least four litter collection events each year. Each group receives a sign installed at each end of the adopted street during the program. Training and equipment provided. Call (405) 297-1797 or email andrea.shelton@okc.gov for details.

Sustainability in OKC by the numbers

  • 585,921 pounds of debris removed from the Oklahoma River in 2015.
  • 651,310 pounds of household hazardous waste safely collected in 2015.
  • 82 percent of tested stormwater was pollution-free in 2016.
  • 627 bags of trash collected by 942 Adopt-A-City-Street volunteers.
  • 2,327 students from 8 public schools learned about water quality and pollution.

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Media Contact
Kristy Yager
(405) 297-2550 / (405) 863-2831
kristy.yager@okc.gov

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