RAVEs define Earth Day 2015

Engaged citizens committed Random Acts of Volunteering for Earth (RAVE) to clear invasive species, collect garbage, restore habitats, inform interested individuals and establish formal ties with two colleges from April 18-25 – Earth Day activities at their finest.

With the help of Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation board and staff members, the cooperative efforts demonstrated how common goals, restoration knowledge and elbow grease can help restore our Mother Earth’s precious resources. Continue reading

An early Earth Day celebration

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INHF staff and volunteers collect seed at Turin Loess Hills State Preserve and Wildlife Management Area in Monona County.

According to an article in The Old Farmer’s Almanac, Earth Day started in 1970 when San Francisco activist John McConnell and Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson separately asked Americans to join in a grassroots environmental demonstration. McConnell chose the spring equinox, March 21, 1970, and Nelson chose April 22. Millions of people participated, and today Earth Day continues to be widely celebrated with events on both dates. Continue reading