BARSTOW Critters, composting, and renewable energy will be on display for Barstow residents young and old during the annual celebration of Earth Day at the Marine Corps Logistics Base and Barstow High School on Wednesday.

Several different organizations will be joining together on Wednesday afternoon at Barstow High School to bring information to residents on recycling, gardening, composting, and sustainable energy, said City of Barstow solid waste coordinator Belinda Barbour. One of the workshops will teach people how to have a complete garden in just one square foot of space.

Along with the public events in the afternoons, fifth- and sixth-grade students will be getting hands-on in the morning where they will be taught about different conservation measures by members of Barstow High School's STEM Academy, said Barbour.

"Those sets of students should take home what they learn that day and should be able to learn more about recycling," said Barbour.

Vendors and other conservation experts will be on hand to answer questions and give presentations. Residents will be able to learn about solar panels and alternative fuel vehicles, said Barbour.

Children who want to learn more about animals will be able to attend an Earth Day program on Wednesday at MCLB to discover animals ranging from millipedes to horses to threatened desert tortoises, said Elizabeth Sena, environmental protection specialist for the base.

Children will be able to get hands on with many of the animals and will also be able to experience the Smoke Fire House a portable trailer that simulates a living room on fire which teaches children how to escape safely if their own home is on fire, said Sena.

Children and parents will be able to learn about worm composting, conserving energy and lessening the impact on landfills, said Sena. She added that the MCLB wanted to reach out to individuals to lessen the impact on the environment.

When it comes to the environment, just a small change in one person's life can make a difference, according to Barbour.

"Everyone can't do everything, but everybody can do something," said Barbour. "It's like a trickle of water. If everyone does a little something, it can turn into a flood."

Earth Day Events
Marine Corps Logistics Base, Nebo side
Wed., April 20 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Building 62: Clara McKinney Youth Activity Center
Free and open to the public

Barstow High School Events
Wed., April 20 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Workshops:
1:00 p.m. Transforming Desert Soil
1:30 p.m. Recycling
2:00 p.m. Square Foot Gardening
2:35 p.m. Sustainable Energy
Barstow High School New gymnasium, 430 S. First Street
Free and open to the public