Here’s how you can recognize Earth Week in Brant County

Looking for a way to recognize Earth Day in Brant County? After beginning in 1970, Earth Day — held annually on April 22 — has grown to include people from 192 countries, according to the official Earth Day site.

Many municipalities and organizations dedicate the week of April 16 to 22 to celebrating the planet — and taking action to protect it. Here are some ways to get involved in Brant County.

The County of Brant invites volunteers to bring their own shovel and gloves and join in an Earth Day tree planting event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 20 at Jacob’s Woods Park in St. George.

They’re aiming to plant 475 trees and the St. George Lions Club will provide a free BBQ lunch and refreshments.

Visitors are invited to experience family-friendly stories — spread across multiple signs on a trail — at their own pace.

Borrow — or donate — seeds at the Scotland-Oakland library branch. Choose from floral varieties like marigolds, mixed poppies or sunflowers; herbs like dill or parsley; and fruits and vegetables including carrots, peas and tomatoes.

Gardening tools are available to borrow from the library, and for inspiration, check out their 12-episode “Let’s Get Growing” YouTube video series, covering topics like growing food from scraps, container gardening, and planting a vegetable plot.

Visit one of the Grand River Conservation Authority’s 12 conservation areas, or a nearby Ontario provincial park with free day passes from the County of Brant Public Library.

The library also has a variety of gear that can be borrowed to further explore nature — such as a microscope, stargazing equipment, and a backpack stocked with tools for hiking or birdwatching.

Celeste Percy-Beauregard’s reporting is funded by the Canadian government through its Local Journalism Initiative. The funding allows her to report on stories about Brant County. Reach her at

Celeste Percy-Beauregard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Hamilton Spectator