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City, County of Grande Prairie team up to celebrate Earth Day

On April 22nd the City of Grande Prairie and the County of Grande Prairie are teaming up to celebrate Earth Day at the Montrose Cultural Centre in Teresa Sargent Hall. According to a joint statement from the two municipalities, the family-friendly event will include learning opportunities on bee-friendly native plants, clean energy, and how to identify noxious weeds.

Along with the learning opportunities, there will also be hands-on activities, including building a customizable garden with GP Grows Seed Bar, and a scavenger hunt. In the Rotary room, attendees will be able to interact with a live bee hive and learn about pollinators, while they decorate bee-themed cookies. Outside the Cultural Centre on the south concourse, there will be an electric vehicle showcase, including a City of Grande Prairie Electric Bus and locally owned electric vehicles.

County of Grande Prairie Reeve Bob Marshall says the event is an opportunity to celebrate Earth Day and allow residents to explore environmentally family-friendly activities.

“The event is a great opportunity to learn about how each one of us can make small changes in our day-to-day that have a positive impact on our communities and our natural environment,” Marshall says.

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City of Grande Prairie Mayor Jackie Clayton echoed Marshalls’ statement, adding it is important to protect the planet now so it is healthy and sustainable for future generations.

“Small changes at home today can lead to big changes in our communities over time, and you have the power to make a real difference by reducing your waste, conserving energy and making eco-friendly choices in your daily life,” Clayton says. “By working together, we can identify and implement environmentally friendly solutions to everyday issues in our communities.”

Along with the event, transit usage in the city will be free on Earth Day with the City of Grande Prairie looking to reduce carbon emissions and support environmental conservation.

The April 22nd event is scheduled to run from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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