By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
Green Connections, a non-profit organization dedicated to ecological education, will hold their 5th Annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 25 at Turtle Rock Farm, east of Billings, Oklahoma. The free event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A working farm run by Pat Hoerth and Ann Denney, Turtle Rock is also a retreat for sustainability, spirituality and healing.
“The Earth Day Festival is an educational event and a celebration,” Hoerth said. “It’s a chance to be in the natural world here on the prairie in north central Oklahoma. A time to pause and remember the Earth that sustains us, celebrate and thank the planet, and learn more about this amazing place we call home, as well as gain some ideas and support for living sustainably.”
Green Connections’ mission is to help people connect with nature and to learn to live more sustainably.
The annual Earth Day event will include eco friendly activities for all ages such as a Drum Circle with Dave Conrad, Cherokee Weaving with Renee Hoover, Alpaca wool Spinning and Felting with Lisa Piccolo, and Wild Bee House making.
“The Earth Drumming Circle is always fun and Bruce Johnson’s solar demonstration is a big hit,” said Hoerth. “This is the second time we’ve offered the Cosmic Walk at our Earth Day Festival. It is a walk through the story of the creation of the universe. We will have a ceremony of thanking the Earth.”
Activities will also include tours of Straw Bale Hermitage and High Tunnel Garden, Walk the Labyrinth, meeting the Alpaca, Goats, Chickens and Guineas, and a visit to the tipi.
A program of Green Connections, TransitionOKC is planning projects for those participating in the Earth Day celebration.
“Transition OKC will have a table making bookmarks with the kids using pretty plant materials from the garden,” said Mary Roberts, Transition OKC Chair. “Our desire is to encourage them to think outside the box about making gifts for Christmas and birthdays rather than buying them.
“For the adults, we’re teaming up with the Sierra Club to show how to make toothpaste at home that is healthy, easy and affordable,” Roberts added.
“At the Green Connections Earth Day celebration we spend the day outdoors, appreciating and enjoying Earth and learning ways we can live that help all life thrive,” Hoerth added. “Plus, we make music, dance and enjoy cooking fun food together. It’s one of our favorite days of the year!”
The event will showcase Bison hot dogs and corn on the cob, which people cook themselves. There will music by George Davis and Friends.
“Celebrating our astonishingly wondrous planet once a year seems the least we can do,” said Hoerth. “Really, we must pay attention to its intricacy and its grandeur every day.”
“In our modern world, many of us don’t have the opportunity to be deeply involved in nature,” Hoerth said. “So we invite people to come to our family farm and spend time paying attention to the natural world.”
The Green Connections Earth Day celebration is free and open to the public. Call 580-725-3411, or email [email protected] to make reservations and to get directions.
Save the date for the 7th Annual Green Connections Prairie Dinner and Concert on October 3. Festivities will feature a five-course, local food dinner prepared by Chef Barb from Kam’s Kookery, Woods & Water Vineyard wine and an evening of entertainment by musical artist Kyle Dillingham.