Descanso Celebrates Earth Day with a Week of Activities

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | 9:06 pm

It has been an annual tradition at Descanso Gardens to celebrate Earth Day, but this time they will be holding it week-long jam-packed with activities from April 12 to 19 to accommodate youngsters on spring break.

“Our event is different this year because we’re presenting activities throughout the week, including a take-home spring break project on earthworms,” said Emi Yoshimura, Descanso’s education programs manager. “People can visit Descanso Gardens during the week, do several days of science investigation at home, and then celebrate Earth Day by releasing the earthworms into their garden.”

Yoshimura said the spring break activities are geared toward elementary school age students, while the Earth Day activities are for families and adults.

“I’m excited to have activities going on throughout the week leading up to our Earth Day celebration, including a take home project on earthworms that will give people several days of science investigation fun,” Yoshimura said.

Spring Break Activities | April 12-19

Take-home science project, 11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m. daily: Get ready for some squirmy fun when children create a worm composting bin.(Don’t worry, parents — it’s small and tidy!) Get it started at Descanso, observe it at home for a few days, then release the worms into your home garden to enrich the soil.

Stories Under the Oaks, 11:00 a.m.–noon daily except Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday:

The California Shakespeare Ensemble will present nature-inspired stories suited to springtime. The ensemble has performed at the Descanso several times in the past including their last spring’s performance of “Beauty and the Beast” which won many fans.

Earth Day celebration | Saturday, April 19

Wildflower Display, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.: Enjoy beautiful spring bloom in the California Natives Garden.

Family crafting, 10:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.: Celebrate the Earth in child-friendly crafts to make and take at Redwood Rest.

Wildflower and Pollinator Family Walk, 1:00 p.m.: Learn about the important role animals and insects play in plant pollination on this walk suitable for all ages.

Activities are free with admission: $9 adults, $6 seniors/students, $4 children 5-12; children 4 and younger enter free.

Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge. It is open daily (except Christmas) from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more details, call (818) 949-4200 or visit www.descansogardens.org. Descanso Gardens is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

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