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It's Earth Day! Here's What It Means and How to Celebrate

It's Earth Day! Here's How to Celebrate

Happy Earth Day! Earth Day is celebrated each year, and it’s a day dedicated entirely to making our world a cleaner, safer, and all around better place to live. You’ve probably heard a lot of people throw around terms like “going green” and “carbon footprints.” What do these things mean? It’s really pretty simple.

Going green is a pretty general term, but it can usually be summed up pretty easily. If you’re taking steps to become more environmentally friendly, and making decisions that are ecologically responsible, congratulations! You’re going green. This can be as simple as carpooling to reduce pollution, taking shorter showers to conserve water, unplugging items that are not currently in use to cut down the use of electricity, and recycling. Easy enough, right?

Each off these things can also help you to reduce your carbon footprint. A carbon footprint refers to the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted by humans to sustain our regular activities. So, when you hear someone talking about reducing their carbon footprint, it means that they are making changes to their lifestyle that will reduce the amount of pollution they create. We live on a beautiful planet, and it’s important that we take care of it. Celebrate Earth Day by doing something to make place we all call home, a cleaner, better and place to live.

We’ve got some beautiful weather on this Earth Day! Here are some great ways to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather and the beautiful Earth!

Visit The Great Plains Nature Center

Visit the Great Plains Nature

At The Great Plains Nature Center, guests will experience a variety of cool and unique activities that are focused on the diversity and wildlife in Kansas and in the Great Plains. You can take a walk on the two-mile paved trail through Chisholm Creek Park, learn from different interactive displays and  much more on your visit! The best part? It’s all free.

The Great Plains Nature Center is open From 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Earth Day, so you can come out and enjoy a whole day of learning and fun! Regular hours are Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

With no admission charge, there’s no reason not to celebrate Earth Day at the GPNC! The Great Plains Nature Center is  located off of K-96 at 29th and Woodlawn. 

Visit Botanica

Visit Botanica

Located in Wichita's Riverside neighborhood, Botanica highlights over nine acres of beautiful gardens to explore, including a children's garden, a Shakespeare garden, a railroad garden, a Chinese garden,  a butterfly garden and more! All in all, there are 26 themed gardens. The facility also features multiple fountains and statues to enjoy as you explore the gardens. 

Come check out the largest tulip display in the state of Kansas! Celebrate your Earth Day by enjoying the wonders of nature at Wichita's Botanica Gardens. 

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