Thursday, April 21, 2016

A Children’s Passport to Earth Day in North Creek

IMG_8246For the second year North Creek is focusing children ages 3-10 on Earth Day during a event April 23 from 10 am to 1 pm that features over 15 activities around the village. Children will have the chance to solve everyday problems and learn how to leave the world in a better place.

According to Johnsburg Youth Committee Organizer Kate Hartley the Earth Day Passport activities are within walking distance and teen volunteers will be on hand as guides.

“Last year we had families with babies here as well as young people,” says Hartley. “We center the activities within the hamlet of North Creek. Children pick up their Earth Day Passport at the Tannery Pond Community Center and then go explore all the various activities.”

As they walk through North Creek, children will be making a plant container, planting a seed, and weeding out a town flowerbed. They can learn about composting and search through local shops to identify recycled materials. When the Passport is complete, participants head back to Tannery Pond for prizes.

“These children growing up will be inheriting the earth,” says Hartley. “I remember the first Earth Day in the 70s. Since we haven’t solved all the problems yet, this generation needs to be even more aware. Children can be proactive in making decisions about composting and how much packaging to buy. That sort of consumer awareness is important for children to have. Once children start thinking about their own impact, they become good stewards.”

Participants can pick up the activity map and passport in the lobby of the tannery Pond COmmunity Center Saturday morning. Tannery Pond is located at the corner of Main St. and Rte. 28N. No pre-registration is necessary.

Photo of the North Creek Depot Museum used with the permission of Diane Chase,

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Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Activities guidebook series, Adirondack Family Time. She writes about ways to foster imaginative play through fun-filled events and activities in the Adirondack region.

From her home in Saranac Lake, Diane also writes a weekly family-oriented newspaper column for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise and keeps her own blog Adirondack Family Time. Her writing and photography has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines, marketing companies and advertising agencies.

She even finds time to assist her husband with Adirondack Expeditions guiding families and young adults in the High Peaks.

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