INL Earth Day Art Contest

You are invited to submit your art to the INL Earth Day contest.

Theme: Earth Day or INL’s “creating change for a sustainable future” theme.

Categories: Ages 3-5, 6-10, 11-14, 15-18 and 18 and over, as well as a team category.

Media: Any media including digital, painting, sculpture, textile, etc. Please submit one image of the artwork, limit to one entry per contestant or team of contestants.

Prize: Each entry will be displayed on INL’s website and will be eligible to win an entry prize. A winner in each category will be recognized on the website and will be awarded a prize based on alignment with the theme and overall presentation.

How to Enter: Check out the INL Earth Day Art Contest website for details. inl.gov/earth-day/

Follow INL on Twitter @INL or on Facebook at Idaho National Laboratory to be the first to know when submission has opened!

Sponsored by INL K-12 Education Program, National Reactor Innovation Center and the City of Idaho Falls.

Submissions are due by Thursday, April 22th.

Big Questions Essay Contest

We know that Earth is constantly changing. Some of the changes happen quickly and some of the changes take years to occur. Changes are natural as Earth's spheres recycle their resources. But some changes occur because of decisions we make. You are the future caretakers of our planet and will have to work together to answer some big questions about how to keep our Earth healthy.

  • Why should I care about the Earth's health?
  • How does global environmental change affect me?
  • Do I have to make different choices in my every day routines?
  • Is there anything I can do to help endangered animals and plants?
  • How can technology be good for the environment?
  • How could we start saving paper at school?
  • What are some ways we could save energy?

To participate in the Big Questions Essay contest:

  • Submit an essay of no more than 300 words detailing your thoughts about a Big Question.
  • Draw a poster promoting Earth Day. Include a slogan to encourage people to take better care of the Earth.
  • Write down 10 words related to nature, then compose a poem including these words.

If you have an answer to the above questions, art or poetry you'd like to share with our community, please submit them to alanajensen@yahoo.com. Answers will be published on the www.ifearthday.com website. Selected submissions will appear in the Post Register's Ask a Scientist column (Tuesday edition). Thank you for working together to make a better future for everyone!

Submissions are due by Saturday, April 24th.

Plogging Challenge

Let's go plogging! Haven't heard of it before? This term stands for jogging + picking up trash. Whether you want to jog or enjoy a nice walk, head outside during the week of April 19th – 24th and do your part to help clean up our community and celebrate Earth Day!

Take your favorite routes or explore new routes while picking up any garbage you may encounter along the way. Share a photo of your cleanup on social media using the hashtag #IFEarthDay and let us know where you went for the cleanup, how much you picked up, and whether we should come back to pick up more. Be sure to make your post public so we can share it on the Idaho Falls Earth Day Social Media Accounts, or if your post is private you can DM the picture to the IF Earth Day account to be posted. If you’re a Strava user, you can also share details about your run or walk with us on social media. All participants who share their posts with us will be entered into a raffle to win a prize!

Please, be safe as you help make your environment cleaner. Practice physical distancing and other health guidelines to keep you and yours healthy.

Want to learn more about plogging? See this article about the Idaho Falls Trail Runners remove trash from the beautiful Idaho nature. https://www.idahomagazine.com/article/ploggers-for-the-planet/

Earth Day Bike Ride

Celebrate Earth Day the week of April 19th – 24th by decreasing noise and air pollution, while simultaneously improving your quality of life! Ride your bike to school, work, or just for fun. Share a photo of your ride on social media with the hashtag #IFEarthDay. Be sure to make your post public so we can share it on the Idaho Falls Earth Day Social Media Accounts, or if your post is private you can DM the picture to the IF Earth Day account to be posted. Have a favorite path you like to ride? Share it with us by posting about it within the event! If you are a Strava user, you can also share details about your ride with us on social media. All participants who share their posts with us will be entered into a raffle to win a prize!

Here are some basic tips for a safe ride:

  • Wear a helmet
  • Use bike lights (front and back)
  • Be kind and respectful to whomever you encounter
  • Follow the public health recommendations

Bike riding uses minimal fossil fuels. This means riding your bike offers a pollution-free mode of transport. If you replace a car with a bike each time you go to school/work, you will save approximately 3,000 lbs of greenhouse gas emissions each year.

Bike riding boosts mental and emotional health. It improves your balance and posture, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, strength, and overall mood as well. Plus, riding your bike gives you a chance to get outdoors and get some fresh air. The personal health benefits of bike riding are numerous.

If you are new to bike commuting, see the map of Idaho Falls bike lanes (both existing and planned) and some tips on how to commute by bike in Idaho.

Happyville Farm

Join us for Earth Day at Happyville Farm

Saturday, April 24, 9:00am - 3:00pm
600 South Saturn Avenue, Idaho Falls

Activites:

  • Beekeeping: See how new hives are set up. Demonstrations at 12:00 noon and 2:00 pm, weather permitting
  • Soil Improvement: Hands-on help from professional soil scientists
  • Planing for Pollinators: Help support native bees, honey bees, butterflies and more
  • Xeriscape: Learn about low-water, high desert beauty
  • Seed Planting: Kids' afterschool program raised beds. Find out how to enroll for spring and summer!

Bring your cans of food to help support the Community Food Basket.

Please help us growing safely by observing our social distancing, mask and group size rules.

www.happyvillefarm.org
Follow us on Facebook @communityfoodbasketfarm and Instagram @commfoodbasketfarm