Students Against Violating the Environment (SAVE) will host Earth Day events in Drexel Park on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
“The purpose is celebrating the community, celebrating the earth,” Austin Sullivan, vice president of SAVE, said.
According to the Earth Day website, the events are designed to raise awareness of environmental issues.
This year’s SAVE event will focus on the sustainability of locally grown foods and helping to educate the community, primarily younger people, through a variety of hands-on activities and guest speakers.
“We are really trying to reach out to the middle schools and elementary schools and educate the younger kids on the importance of knowing where your food comes from,” Zach Capland, secretary for SAVE, said. “College kids are pretty aware of the importance of recycling, but younger kids don’t know.”
Local band, Jason Brandt Band, and Soul Tribe, an Atlanta band, start at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Local singers and bands from VSU will also be performing throughout the day.
Food will be served at 11 a.m. The menu includes: roasted corn on the cob, vegetable skewers, chicken breasts, a honey mint mango salad, and sweet tea, water and lemonade to drink. Each item will cost $1.
Activities include a bounce house, face painting and an animal petting zoo. Hoola hoopers will also attend, and will demonstrate and sell hoola hoops.
A number of local groups will participate in the event: Wiregrass Activist for Clean Energy (WACE), American Chemical Society, Blazer Gardens, American Sign Language Club, Student Action Council and the VSU Horticulture Club.
There will be items for sale, including honey from a local honey producer.
American Chemical Society will demonstrate ways to recycle.
The Horticulture Club will sell plants that were grown in the greenhouse on top of the Bailey Science Center.
“Pretty much everything you’d need, plant-wise, to start your summer garden,” Capland said.
Blazer Gardens will also be there giving away plants and doing planting activities for kids where they can take home flowers in a cup.
The Humane Society will have animals available for adoption.