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Carmel-by-the-Sea hosts annual Earth & Arbor Day celebration to grow the community

Published April 1, 2024

BY TULLAH MCCOLL

Through a farmers market, village beautification, bird watching, games and youth activities, Carmel hopes to bring the community together to celebrate the planet and learn how to take care of one another. 

Thirty-six neighboring organizations have come together to participate in the second annual Earth & Arbor Day Event, hosted by the City of Carmel on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Devendorf Park.

Carmel’s library and community activities director Ashlee Wright acknowledges the importance of having a sense of community and hopes to remind the people of Carmel how many resources are available. There are countless community groups, individuals and businesses located on the peninsula that care deeply about the planet. 

“The more that we can work together and remind ourselves of our local resources and tools,” Wright communicates, “the better we can protect our natural assets and the more resilient we can be together, especially in the face of climate change.”

One of the many groups joining the city in this event is the Monterey Audubon Society, which will have an informational stand with binoculars and will be leading a bird watch. 

“Our goals are always to encourage more people to notice their local wildlife, learn more about what these special animals need to survive and take action to more equitably share the finite space and resources of our planet,” shares environmental advocate Amanda Preece. 

Other organizations and groups involved share a similar goal in their efforts to help the community. The California Marine Sanctuary Foundation will also be a part of this event and share their knowledge through an education booth. 

Urban water quality program coordinator Lindsay Brown says, “It is our hope through this event that the community will learn more about the Sanctuary and all the amazing animals that live there and how [people] can assist in protecting them and our ocean resources.” 

Further information on the City of Carmel’s website, with more on organizations such as the Alzheimer’s Association, Carmel Garden Club and Montage Health Foundation, who are all joining in on the inspiration of Earth Day.

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