TWINSBURG -- Earth Day marks a time to appreciate nature and offer a renewed dedication toward protection of the environment.

Residents are invited to the 2017 Earth Day celebration April 22 at the Liberty Park Nature Center, 9999 Liberty Road in Twinsburg, from noon to 4 p.m. The celebration is a joint effort between the city of Twinsburg and the Summit Metro Parks.

Throughout the day, explore the Liberty Park Nature Center building and related Earth Day exhibits; discover exciting features of the Ledges area; learn about both invasive and native plants; and check-out the electric and hybrid car display and the Summit County Humane Society's new Mobile Adoption Center.

The afternoon will offer free fun for the whole family. Enter to win a Twinsburg Water Park season pass, a $50 Kollman' gift card, rain barrels and other great prizes.

"We are excited to again be offering a variety of events to celebrate Earth Day," Mayor Ted Yates said. "It is important that we take care of our planet, and the events are a fun way to bring the community together to do so. I look forward to seeing many residents at Liberty Park April 22. Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers and organizations that have helped make these fun events possible."

Schedule of Events

"Earth Day in Nature," 8 to 10 a.m. in the Pond Brook Conservation Area, hosted by Twinsburg naturalist Stanley Stine: Take a walk on a beautiful nature trail and greet the morning with bird song and early emerging trees and wildflowers. Meet at the Buttonbush Trail at the parking lot of the Pond Brook Conservation Area, Route 82 and east of Twinsburg. The lot is located on the north side of the road before entering Aurora. Dress for the conditions, about two hours;

"Springtime Standouts: Invasive Plants," 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Liberty Park Nature Center, hosted by Stine: Much of the "green" that is seen at the edge of the woods or along the road in springtime are invasive plants -- escapees from gardens. Learn to identify these expensive plants, which cost time and money to control. Walk and talk along "Bluebird Trail," an easy stroll, to learn the difference between a weed and an invasive plant. Dress for the conditions;

"The Ledges Trail Hike," 2 to 3 p.m. at the Liberty Park Nature Center, hosted by a Metro Parks naturalist: Learn about exciting features of the Ledges, including a unique system of sandstone ledges, a glacier cave and the "living skin;"

"Yoga in the Park," 3 to 4 p.m. in the Liberty Park amphitheater: Learn about the benefits of yoga and meditation with a certified yoga instructor. Bring a towel or mat;

Scavenger hunt, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Liberty Park Nature Center, hosted by the Twinsburg Environmental Commission: Pick up the clues and hunt for answers found at the Earth Day celebration and within Liberty Park. Enter for a chance to win some great prizes;

"All About Rain Gardens and Rain Barrels," noon to 4 p.m. at the Liberty Park Nature Center, hosted by Twinsburg resident Tom Lilly: Learn about the benefits of creating a rain garden. The presentation includes a chance to win one of 40 barrels to begin;

"Wild in the Woods," noon to 4 p.m.: Young visitors can stop by the new nature play area and engage in fun, hands-on experiences with nature. A park naturalist will be on hand to help guide this experience. Appropriate dress is required for getting dirty; and

"Worming Your Way to Better Soil," noon to 4 p.m.: Composting is the best shortcut to a fantastic garden. Get some tips on how to turn those kitchen scraps into garden soil with a worm composter or barrel compost container.