Earth Day and GYSD in Billings

3rd Annual Earth Day Celebration and Global Youth Service Day at the Audubon Conservation Education Center in Billings

Emily Larson

Volunteer Emily Larson at the Audubon Center

174 volunteers celebrated Earth Day and Global Youth Service Day by helping to restore the 54 acre former gravel pit at the Audubon Center in Billings on April 16, 2011. Volunteers planted 30 aspen trees, 25 cottonwood trees, and 25 snowberry bushes. Youth and adults also cleaned up trash, removed large rocks, removed invasive houndstongue, and wrapped over 400 trees to protect them from beaver damage. In total, volunteers contributed almost 350 hours of service!

This is the third year that the Audubon Center has hosted an Earth Day Celebration and they use this celebration to kick off their volunteer season that coincides with the growing season in Eastern Montana. So far, all 65,000 trees and shrubs at the center have been planted by volunteers!

“The most memorable moment this year was watching a troop of Daisy [Girl Scouts] pick up rocks and remove them from an area that we need to prepare for sod,” said Darcie Vallant, Audubon Center Director. “They had so much fun with this necessary but tedious task.”

This project was made possible with a Mini-Grant from the Governor’s Office of Community Service and through generous donation of goods and time from Buchanan Capital LLC, Good Earth Market, Kohl’s, Montana Conservation Corps, and Doug Lovely.

Learn more about the Audubon Conservation Education Center at www.mtacec.org.

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