The Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Lincoln Natural Resources Committee partnered with Emmanuel Lutheran Church to host an Earth Day Celebration and Spring Fling Saturday morning.
Earth Day is traditionally celebrated worldwide on April 22. However, Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation District Program Coordinator Patty Dellinger explained that because April 22 fell on a weekday, the organizations opted to celebrate earlier in the month, picking a date that coincided with the seasonal opening of the Lincolnton Farmers’ Market.
“We’re trying to educate the public on the importance of natural resources and inspire appreciation for the earth’s environment,” Dellinger said.
This was the first Earth Day celebration the Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Lincoln Natural Resource Committee have sponsored. In addition to the Earth Day festivities, Emmanuel Lutheran Church hosted its Annual Spring Fling and Easter Egg hunt on the church property as well.
Those attending had the opportunity to learn about recycling, the water cycle, soil testing information and ways to best utilize the earth’s natural resources through information and craft booths. Children were also able to meet and greet Smokey the Bear and learn about forest fires and fire safety.