Volunteers with Friends of Alum Creek and Tributaries (FACT) don't need Earth Day to spur them into action.

Volunteers with Friends of Alum Creek and Tributaries (FACT) don't need Earth Day to spur them into action.

The group participated in two cleanup events last weekend, and volunteers are scheduled to remove invasive honeysuckle from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 28 at Heritage Park, 60 N. Cleveland Ave.

FACT spokesman David Roseman said the group sees more interest in its efforts around Earth Day, but the reality is that the group is active throughout the spring, summer and fall.

"Everybody does come out of the proverbial woodwork to be a good Earth Day steward; we love that," Roseman said. "We've got things going on from April through October. It ranges from tree planting to in-water pulling out trash and debris to removing invasive honeysuckle that is taking over our greenways."

Roseman said he encourages people to check out FACT's Facebook page to learn about the group's efforts. In addition to scheduling its own events, FACT also works with groups like the Boy Scouts, school groups and university students who are interested in planting trees or cleaning up Alum Creek.

"My slogan is: Let's make every day an Earth Day," Roseman said. "If we can have people adopt that, then we don't have to just worry about one day or one week or one month to be a good steward."

Those responsible for programming at the Inniswood Metro Gardens also are taking advantage of the Earth Day buzz to get people - particularly children - excited about the environment.

The annual Children's Garden Day fell on Earth Day this year, and Cindy Maravich, senior environmental educator at the gardens, said they've added more activities to the event and hope the fact that it's Earth Day would help attract more families.

The program will be from 2 to 4 p.m. April 22 in the Sisters' Garden at the park, 940 S. Hempstead Road.

The free event will teach children to make pots out of newspaper, in which they then will plant seeds that are ideal for attracting caterpillars and butterflies.

Participants also will be able to make wind chimes from repurposed tin cans.

A scavenger hunt through the gardens also is planned, and artifacts and discovery stations will be placed throughout the gardens.

"At Inniswoods, we see gardeners all the time. That's not going to continue unless we bring that excitement to the next generation," Maravich said. "

If the kids are excited, they're the ones who are going to be the next gardeners from the next generation."