Earth Week events focus on water

Did you know that only about one per cent of the Earth’s water is available to support the natural diversity of life on the planet?

Did you know that only about one per cent of the Earth’s water is available to support the natural diversity of life on the planet?

That’s just a drop in the bucket! Summerland’s seventh annual Earth Week events and activities focus on the importance of understanding, protecting and conserving our water.

The wide variety of free events and activities are educational, hands-on, thought provoking and fun.

From tours of the Summerland Water Treatment Plant and Lakeshore riparian properties to learning about rain gardening to neighbourhood garage sales and a clean-up challenge, there is something for everyone.

There will be a talk and film on daylighting restoration projects and a screening of the award winning film Fractured Land.

You can listen to a presentation on Indigenous Aboriginal water rights of the Okanagan (Syilx) peoples at Summerland Philosophers’ Café.

There are also week long events like the “Beauty of Spring” – colourful wheelbarrows decorated by Summerland Merchants, our annual Freshette Contest, which challenges you to guess when Thirsk Dam stops spilling and True Grain Bread will be celebrating with educational and interactive fun.

The weekend is full of family fun activities.

The Library and Art Gallery are hosting Earth Day water themed hands-on activities for children on Saturday, April 23.

And you can view the entries for the Summerland Museum’s photo contest that will be on display in front of the museum.

Earth Week culminates on Sunday, April 24 with Summerland’s 10th Annual Earth Day Celebration at Peach Orchard Park.

Mark Earth Week, April 16 to 24, on your calendar and stay tuned for more details or visit our Facebook page: facebook.com/SummerlandEarthweek/?fref=ts