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This tree was planted in 1929 by Hugh Taylor Birch in memory of his daughter Helen Bitch Bartlett. (photos by Suzanne Ehalt)

This tree was planted in 1929 by Hugh Taylor Birch in memory of his daughter Helen Birch Bartlett. (photos by Suzanne Ehalt)

Celebrate Earth Week at the Glen

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Glen Helen will celebrate Earth Week with a series of activities on Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19.

The festivities kick off on Saturday with a spring migration bird hike from 8–10 a.m. Hikers will search for migrant birds along the Little Miami River. The hike departs from Grinnell Mill.

From 10 a.m.–1 p.m., Glen Helen will host “Shred-It Yellow Springs.” Villagers are invited to come to the Glen parking lot on Corry Street to shred and recycle confidential papers, with the help of Shred-It, a certified secure document disposal company, free of charge.

A biodiversity hike will begin at 11 a.m. Hikers will explore the Glen while collecting photographic evidence of biodiversity. This event is dependent on the weather, and those planning to attend are encouraged to register in advance at The hike departs from Trailside Museum.

Volunteers are invited to be “Guardians of the Glen” from 1–2 p.m., and meet at Trailside Museum to help with trail cleanup.

The Yellow Springs Historical Society will sponsor a hike through the Glen to explore the history of Yellow Springs from prehistory through early commerce and education from 1–3 p.m. Suggested donation is $5. Register in advance at The hike departs from Trailside Museum.

From 1–5 p.m., runners are invited to register for the Earth Day 5K/10K race in the Nature Shop. Pre-registered racers may also pick up their packets in the shop.

Saturday’s events will wrap up with the Project Phoenix Showcase, 3–5 p.m., in the Glen Helen Auditorium. Art-lovers will witness the collaborative efforts of 20 area artists, sharing works of varied stylistic mediums — dance, spoken word, visual arts and more — crusading for climate action and justice. Suggested donation is $5.

Sunday begins with the annual Earth Day 5K/10K race, at the Glen Helen Outdoor Education Center. Walk-in registration will be available until 8:45 a.m., and the cost is $35, with proceeds supporting environmental education and land conservation in the Glen. Registration may also be completed online at The starting gun will sound promptly at 10 a.m. to begin the race.

After the race, the community is invited to meet some of the Raptor Center’s resident birds of prey, beginning promptly at 2 p.m. Parking is limited near the Raptor Center, so hiking from the Corry Street parking lot is encouraged. The event is free, and donations will be greatly appreciated.

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