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Several organizations offer celebrations leading up to Earth Day April 22

By Peter Clark
The Issaquah Press
Earth Day might not be until April 22, but that will not stop a whole host of local organizations that wish to celebrate early.

Earth Day might not be until April 22, but that will not stop a whole host of local organizations that wish to celebrate early.

In the days surrounding the official calendar date, those wishing to celebrate the environment and cultivate a more proactive culture toward honoring it will find many events. As a brief guide to some of them that will work to make Issaquah and the Earth a better place in which to live, plan calendars around the following:

April 17

Sustainability Film series continues from 6-9 p.m. at Issaquah High School, 700 Second Ave. S.E. “Symphony of the Soil” is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. A talk presented by local soil expert Dave Montgomery will follow the film.


April 19

Issaquah Valley Elementary School students, Friends of the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, Mayor Ava Frisinger and King County ecologist Hans Berge will host a kokanee salmon release at the Issaquah Salmon Hatchery, 125 W. Sunset Way, from 12:45-2:20 p.m. Students will gather along Issaquah Creek to release tiny salmon fry — a milestone because early-run kokanee disappeared from the stream a decade ago. In addition to the release, students will participate in other activities, including a salmon dissection. The event should provide opportunities for great visuals, as well as a fun way to educate the public about a fragile natural resource.


April 20

  • City Tree Planting will take place with registration beginning at 9 a.m. and tree planting from 11 a.m. to noon along Issaquah Creek and Pickering Trail.
  • It will be the first day of the season for the Issaquah Farmers Market at Pickering Farm, which will also include an Earth Day celebration. Some participating organizations include Cascade Bicycle Club, Seattle Tilth, Issaquah Garden Club and the Master Gardeners.
  • The Issaquah Environmental Council will hold the first of two Sprucing Up days in the right of way along state Road 900 south of Interstate 90 on the east side of the road from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will meet at the park & ride lot south of Newport Way at state Road 900, across from the park & ride garage. Bring shovel, pick, hand tools or just yourself. They will provide gloves and some tools. Earth Day treats will be provided.
  • The Kiwanis and Downtown Issaquah Association invites groups and individuals to participate in a citywide Spring Clean Up effort. The cleanup event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Many other individuals and groups will join the cleanup including CleanScapes, Tavon Center, Friends of Youth, Bellevue College, Drug Free Community Coalition and the Boy Scouts. Check in begins at 9 a.m. at the Hailstone Feed Store on Front Street. Jobs for all ages and abilities will be available for volunteers.
  • Cougar Mountain Zoological Park will hold a two-day Earth Day celebration featuring a number of activities and educational opportunities. There will be a bee expert, a gardening specialist and a number of activities for all ages. The Saturday celebration will also include the sixth birthday party for two of the zoo’s Bengal tigers, Taj and Almos.


April 21

The Issaquah Environmental Council will host its second day of Sprucing Up at the High Point Trailhead, Exit 20 High Point Exit, south side of I-90 and west of the exit. Anytime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., they will be removing invasive plants around the trailhead parking area and in trails. They invite attendees to bring their favorite tools, pruners, loppers, picks, shovels and gloves, or work with the many tools and gloves they can provide. Earth Day treats will be provided. A Discovery Pass is required. Learn more by calling David Kappler at 652-2753.


April 22

Support the Mountains to Sound Greenway and get your car washed. For every car washed on Earth Day, April 22, at a Brown Bear car wash, $1 will be donated to the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, according to a press release from the Mountains to Sound Greenway. Wash your car in Issaquah at 22121 S.E. 56th

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