From planting a sapling to cleaning up natural habitats, the Earth Day Columbus celebration will offer something for nearly everyone of any age in central Ohio.
"It's a great way to show your civic pride and help your neighborhood," said Erich Hiner, spokesman for Green Columbus, a nonprofit organization that helps coordinate the celebration. "Outside of the material benefits to the air, plants, soil and water, there's a chance to make friends and impact what you can see and feel."
The celebration, which began April 14, will involve more than 4,000 volunteers who will have contributed more than 14,000 volunteer hours to the cause, Hiner said. More than 170 work sites are included, he said.
"I'm constantly and pleasantly surprised by the amount of support to Earth Day and making our city and county greener," he said. "It's humbling to see something that big and it's a great way to get involved. Many hands make light work."
Volunteers still are needed though Saturday, April 21, Hiner said. Earth Day is Sunday, April 22.
Work-site registration at earthdaycolumbus.org is open until the start of each event, unless otherwise indicated, he said.
Volunteers who sign up to help with the annual planting and cleanup of Kossuth Street Garden will gather between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. April 21.
The community garden is at the corner of East Kossuth and South 17th streets in Columbus' Southern Orchards neighborhood east of German Village. The event will be held in concert with Ganthers Place Civic Association.
"We've got a lot in the ground already," said Michael Doody, founder and director of the garden. "Some of it's already coming up."
Part of the day's activities will include live music, ice cream, acrobatics and a noon installation of a peace pillar made by students at Columbus South High School, Doody said.
The wrap-up party will be held from noon to 7 p.m. April 22 in Genoa Park, 303 W. Broad St. near COSI on the Scioto River in downtown Columbus.
Admission will be free and no registration is necessary, Hiner said.
A children's area will offer face painting, balloon animals and music. COSI will give patrons 10 percent off admission for a visit that day, Hiner said.
For the adults, a full lineup of food trucks and beverages will be available, he said. Five bands are scheduled to perform, and patrons can sign up for ride-and-drives in energy-efficient vehicles, he said.
"The Scioto Mile and Genoa Park in particular are the heart of downtown Columbus' events season and we're looking forward to bringing the celebration down to the riverfront," Hiner said.