Earth Day activities include tree planting, education

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WOOD COUNTY, W.Va.-(WTAP) Wood County observed Earth Day Saturday by planting trees and providing public education.

A few elementary students got a head start on tomorrow's Earth Day by celebrating with fun activities at their school.

The Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge near Williamstown highlighted an entire day of activities by planting 80 trees.

The new seedlings join a small forest of trees planted in recent years.

The planting has been a tradition that's taken place for more than 25 years.

"The trees around us have also been planted in the past, on Earth Day events," said Biologist Patricia Morrison. "Some of the trees have only been in the ground about 10 years; they grow rather quickly around here. They get protected from deer and rabbits as they are growing. So we give them a head start by putting guards around the trees."

In downtown Parkersburg, the threat of rain did not stop hundreds from taking part in an Earth Day celebration-most of it in the shelter area of Bicentennial Park.

The event included musical performances, arts and crafts-including face painting-for youngsters, and educational displays about climate change and the environment.

The Wood County Solid Waste Authority and the city of Parkersburg also each displayed its recycling projects.