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Comal County residents are invited to celebrate Earth Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, April 22, at Tye Preston Memorial Library, 16311 S Access Rd.,
Canyon Lake.

The event is co-sponsored by Comal County’s extension office and Texas Master Naturalist Lindheimer Chapter.

Over 29 exhibitors will focus on topics important to the Canyon Lake area including native plants and animals, conservation of water, landscaping with native plants, beekeeping and nearby state parks and museums in the area. The celebration goes on, rain or shine.

The 23 members of the group’s current class of “trainee naturalists” organized this year’s event.

Mike Hammack, class president, said, “We are delighted to partner with the beautiful Tye Preston Memorial Library. It is a perfect venue for an Earth Day celebration and it is a great fit for our mission,” says class President Mike Hammack.

The Texas Master Naturalist program is dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the natural resources of Texas and, to creating a pool of volunteers to provide outreach to the public and assist in local citizen science projects.

Co-chairs Joe and Jane Finneran also spearheaded Earth Day events.

“As geologists, Jane and I are excited to be involved in this event and we are looking forward to sharing our knowledge and passion for the earth,” Finnerman says. “This celebration will be a fun, family-friendly event that I hope will raise the environmental awareness of our local community.”

Adds Mike Hammack: “As a grandparent, I am sure the kids will enjoy the special activity center with Earth Day videos, crafts and snacks, plus bass casting, digging for fossils and face painting.”

The Hammack and Finneran families are recent transplants to Comal County. They’ve lived in several states and overseas for many years.

“One important lesson we brought home is that wherever we live, there are unique environmental issues and it is important to learn about them and take personal responsibility for our own impact by taking action,” Jane Finneran says. “This led us to participate in the Texas Master Naturalist program because it combines learning and opportunities be involved in local environmental studies and projects. That includes this Earth Day celebration – it’s is all about environmental awareness.”

Troy Luepke, Comal County extension agent for agriculture and natural resources, agrees.

“Earth Day is a terrific opportunity for families to have fun together and learn more about how we can better steward our natural resources,” Luepke said. “This celebration is a great way to do both of those things.”

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