What’s happening for Earth Day

What’s happening for Earth Day

Check out these local events and tips all in celebration of Earth Day, April 22

It’s Earth Day around the Okanagan, Saturday, April 22 and locals will be celebrating by bringing attention to the plants and animals in the area.

The Kelowna Heritage Museum is unveiling its Biodiversity Zone.

“The Biodiversity Zone offers a fresh look at our region’s grasslands, wetlands, aquatic habitats, forests and subalpine zones. A variety of animal specimens has been brought up from the storage vault. A selection of Okanagan insects from a recently donated collection will also be on display,” states a museum press release.

“The Biodiversity zone offers a rich experience in a small space,” said Linda Digby, executive director of Kelowna Museums Society. “We think visitors will especially enjoy close encounters with the animals, interacting with the discovery drawers, and gaining new perspectives on what makes the Okanagan naturally special.”

From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. learn about Ice Age mammals, then from 1 to 1:30 p.m. take a gander at a variety of Okanagan flowers, followed by examining bird specimens with experts in their fields.

The City of Kelowna is offering the NeighbourWoods program, planting trees on Saturday. The program is a residential planting initiative developed to encourage residents to help grow and preserve Kelowna’s healthy neighbourhood urban forest.

You can preorder trees online by April 20 at 3 p.m. Trees are $40 plus GST.

Call 250-469-8800 to pay by credit card or visit the Parkinson Recreation Centre.

Residents can pick their trees up for the NeighbourWoods event between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Mission Recreation Park Arboretum, 4105 Gordon Dr.

The Salvation Army is working to keep clothes out of the landfill, partnering with UBCO for Earth Day.

Students leaving campus have the opportunity to donate clothes, housewares and small appliances throughout April. Each housing unit at UBCO has a designated drop-off bin.

FortisBC is offering tips to save electricity:

Five easy ways to prevent valuable heat from escaping

• Upgrading the weather stripping materials around your door and window frames.

• Installing a door sweep on the bottom edge and sealing material attached to the frame.

• Placing foam gaskets behind the outlet and switch plate covers on exterior walls.

• Installing – and setting – a programmable thermostat. FortisBC recommends 20 degrees when you’re home and 17 when you are asleep or out.

• Making sure your home is well insulated from the crawlspace right up to the attic.

Five easy ways to be mindful of hot water use:

• Installing energy-efficient faucets and showerheads.

• Stopping drips.

• Insulating exposed hot water pipes.

• Washing laundry in cold water.

• Taking shorter showers.

Some tips for planners and renovators:

Plan to save in small doses by looking for energy-efficiency opportunities in all your renovations. These small, incremental changes can add up over time and help modernize your home. For example, if you’re ripping out an old kitchen, it can be an opportunity to increase exterior wall insulation, update exposed plumbing and install energy-efficient water fixtures.

Rebates are available for home heating, water heating, appliances and home envelope upgrades, and there is also help available for income-qualified customers. Visit fortisbc.com/offers to see all the available rebates.

Kelowna Capital News

Just Posted

Most Read