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Learn how to take care of the planet during Earth Month

Plant trees, learn more about climate change, discover how to be a HERO and more during Earth Month in Markham.

A host of free events will be held throughout the month, which raises awareness of the role everyone plays in taking care of the planet.

Markham Public Library presents Meet a Meteorologist on Wednesday, April 5 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Retired Environment and Climate Change Canada meteorologist and climatologist Joan Klaassen, the education coordinator for Toronto Centre Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, discusses the role of weather forecasters and other meteorologists in understanding weather, climate and climate change. Register for the Zoom event here

Discover Wetlands in Spring with Toronto Zoo in a webinar presented on Thursday, April 13 from 6 to 7 p.m. Learn about the changes that wetlands go through in the spring and the important role they play, especially for reptiles and amphibians. Register for the Zoom event here

Did you know soil is going extinct like the dinosaurs? Learn about #SaveSoil, a global movement to protect the earth and rescue soil from dying, during the SaveSoil Children’s Program on Saturday, April 15 from 11 a.m. to noon. The Zoom event includes SaveSoil arts and crafts, songs, dance and storytelling. Register here

Also on April 15, Grades 3 to 5 students can discover Art and Nature with TVO Learn. Learn about plants and take part in TVOkids games and activities at Markham Village Branch from noon to 1 p.m. Register here. Kindergarten to Grade 2 students can learn about the needs of monarch butterflies and how to help them by designing a waystation with TVO Learn from 1:30 to 2:30, also at the Markham Village Branch. Click here to register.

Seneca College invites you to learn about environmental careers on Tuesday, April 18 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Discover programs offered at Seneca in the environmental and sustainability sector and how the college is working to establish sustainability as an essential consideration in the planning, design and delivery of its academic programs, services and operations. Register for the Zoom event. Anyone interested in films and documentaries can join the Markham Public Library’s Film Club. The monthly event kicks off Tuesday, April 18 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at the Thornhill Village Branch with The Biggest Little Farm. Register here

The City of Markham Celebrates Earth Day on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Downtown Markham building complex at 179 Enterprise Blvd. Attractions include wildlife conservation animal booths, free electric vehicle test drives, a sustainability fair and children’s story time. Ride the Pride of the Carousel and complete a passport activity to enter a raffle for a prize. Registration isn’t required for this drop-in event. Email questions to [email protected].

Are you interested in giving back to the environment on Earth Day? Join Ontario Streams at Toogood Pond Park on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – rain or shine – to plant native trees and shrubs and collect litter. Shovels and gardening gloves will be provided but you’re welcome to take your own. A water refill station will be onsite, so take your own water bottle. Some light snacks will be provided. Wear closed toed shoes. Register here

Learn how to fight climate change and save money in your home in a virtual Home Efficiency Retrofit Orientation (HERO) workshop presented by Humber College in collaboration with the City of Markham on Thursday, April 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. Learn about home renovations that improve comfort and reduce both greenhouse gas emission and energy costs, as well as eligible rebate programs. Register for the Zoom event. 

Finally, take part in the Annual Earth Week Community Tree Planting, presented by 10000 Trees. Setup takes place Saturday, April 29 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and tree planting takes place Sunday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Hillmount Park at 93 Hillmount Rd. Register here

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