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Linda Bailey is the Nature Education Coordinator for Fredericksburg Parks & Recreation. The Nature Notes blog highlights natural happenings in the area, and highlights various nature programs available in the city.

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Earth Day Festival on the river is Saturday in Fredericksburg

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DSC_0227  Come on down to the river Saturday!  Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw will kick off the annual Earth Day Festival with a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. at Old Mill Park, followed by a world of sights, sounds and hands-on activities for the whole family. Try your hand at spinning yarn or making an old t-shirt into a tote bag. get your face painted and eat some kettle corn. Taste a Dutch Oven treat and groove to The Believers. Learn about river safety and solar powered lawn mowers, check out a bee hive, try casting a fly fishing line, and let your kids ride the barrel train or a pony and build a bird house!DSC_0205

We’ll have 20-million-year-old fossils from the beach at Stratford Hall, and a bug display to rival all others, live chickens, birds of prey from the Virginia Wildlife Center, alternative fuel cars, and folks on hand from various environmental organizations such as the Sierra Club and Tree Fredericksburg. And, as always, “Pocket” the 17-year-old corn snake, will be on hand to get a hug at the Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation booth. Last but not least, we’ll have a drawing for fabulous items including an Old Town Kayak. And that’s actually just the beginning of the fun…

So much to see and do, so little time!  It all wraps up at 3 p.m.

DSC_0143Grab your friends, neighbors, grandma, grandpa, and join us at Old Mill Park, 2401 Caroline St. (near the Falmouth Bridge). Parking on site may be full, so park anywhere near the 3-mile Heritage Trail loop and walk right on down.  See you on sunny Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3pm.


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