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Branching out to green living

Thousands flock to annual Earth Arbor Day event

Posted: April 13, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: April 13, 2014 2:00 a.m.

Carlos and Meylin Yi of Valencia take advantage of the free mulch on hand at the City of Santa Clarita Earth Arbor Day Festival held at Central Park in Saugus on Saturday.

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Thousands of people were schooled on how to reduce their impact on the environment during Santa Clarita’s annual Earth Arbor Day at Central Park on Saturday.

The importance of conservation and sustainable living were front-and-center at the event, with attendees learning more about sustainable living and how to keep the environment clean.

Water conservation was one of the major topics at the event, with displays geared at putting water use into perspective: such as a large, inflatable jug to put into context how much water the average Santa Clarita Valley family uses.

That topic takes on particular importance now, organizers said, as the state continues to struggle with the recent drought.

Jenni Shadle, city arts and events coordinator, said one mission of the event is to provide a fun and engaging forum for local families to learn more about sustainability and other related topics.

Shadle estimated that around 6,000 people would attend the event Saturday.

“We’ve had a really good crowd today,” she said. “They’ve been coming in pretty steadily all day.”

The event also had an art component, with craft activities and a booth where attendees could vote for their favorite decorated recycling bin.

The city combined Earth Day and Arbor Day into one event some years back since the two have similar goals in terms of educating community members, according to officials.

Keeping in the spirit of Arbor Day, many attendees were able to grab a free tree at Saturday’s event.

Mulch and compost were also made available free of charge and many who swung by the event in Central Park made sure to collect some.

Attendees could also grab themselves some ladybugs to help with pest control in their personal gardens.

The Earth Arbor Day Festival was presented by the SCV Family of Water Suppliers.
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