Also a hit is the Southwestern High School Raptor Club, which is well known in the area and has become a nationally-recognized program. Students in the club care for and work with a number of wild birds, many of which will never be returned to the wild due to injuries or behavioral issues that would make them unable to survive. Owls, golden eagles, a bald eagle and falcons have been and still are tenants in the bird shelters at SWHS, and club members will be showing off a few of the raptors at the event.
The Lake Cumberland Beekeepers’ Association will attend again, with a demonstration on how to keep bees — a physically tiny, but hugely significant species to the environment — for the physically challenged.
Local musicians will also perform, along with “Sogo Drums,” an African drumming band.
And the STAR Lab, a portable planetarium, is back again this year.
“We got some disappointed people last year when we didn’t have it,” said Sherman.
The SCC Culinary Arts Program will serve food samples as well, and nature walks and the “Redbud Run” will be held at SCC’s nature trail.
Sherman’s hopes that the community feel a sense of ownership over the Earth Day Celebration seems to be coming to fruition, and she said she’s looking forward to seeing what this year’s even brings.
“We want the community to feel like it’s their event,” said Sherman. “And it seems we have people contacting us to say they want to present, not the other way around.”
The event will be held rain or shine (exhibits will be moved inside in the case of inclement weather) at the SCC North Campus on Sunday, April 21, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.