5 ways to celebrate Earth Day in Dayton

Being green isn’t just good for the environment — it’s also good for you. 

We rounded up some of the best ways to celebrate Earth Day in and around Dayton today, this week and every day.  

1. Farmers’ Markets

Get the freshest food and pump some cash into the local economy by hitting up a local farmers market for some delicious, organic fresh fruits and veggies. 2nd Street Market, located at 600 E. Second St. in Dayton, is open Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with local spices, foods, crafts, skincare and more for sale.

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The 2nd Street Market has announced it will test expanded hours beginning in June. For 13 weeks the market will be open on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. LISA POWELL / STAFF
Photo: Kyle Nagel/Lisa Powell

Buying local produce is a great way to show love for the earth because these foods aren’t using up lots of energy to be shipped and processed. Stimulating the local economy is a plus, too. 

2. Visit the MetroParks of Dayton

Perhaps the best way to experience nature’s beauty and appreciate our natural resources in the Dayton area is through our robust networks of parks.  
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Beyond the recreation and connection with nature they offer, they’re also key to some of the region’s top investments in conservation, reforestation and preserving and protecting wildlife.  
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The Osage Tunnel at Sugarcreek MetroPark makes the perfect walking trail (CONTRIBUTED)

3. Try your hand at paddling, canoeing or kayaking

The Stillwater, Great Miami and Mad rivers are part of the Great Miami River Watershed Water Trail — the largest water trail system in Ohio. 

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The trail collectively offers 265 miles of waterway accessible to recreational boaters, fishermen and wildlife watchers. A water trail is a network of publicly accessible facilities that provide opportunities to fish; launch canoes, kayaks and other craft; and explore the natural and cultural heritage along the river.

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Camping, climbing, fishing, geocaching, paddling, slacklining and snow tubing were all part of the fun at the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience. The event Oct. 1-2, 2016, at Eastwood Metropark in Dayton offered recreational opportunities for adventurers of all ages, ability levels and interests.There was even fun for the four-legged adventure seekers. PHOTOS BY TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHER

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4. Join or start a community garden

Community gardens improve sustainability, allow you to grow your own food, gain knowledge of oil amendments and tiling, learn about soil fertility management, and of course — make new friends. To find or start a garden in your neighborhood, call (937) 276-7053.

Local hiking clubs are more than 2,000 members strong. CONTRIBUTED
Photo: Contributing Writer

5. Put the pedal to the metal

Grab your bike, hit the trails — go ahead and make Orville and Wilbur proud! 

Dayton has worked hard to become a cyclist-friendly city in recent years. Pedaling to work or for play is easier than ever with the combo of bike paths and clearly-marked bikeways on the city streets.

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The annual Bike-to-Work Day breakfast will be held on Friday, May 19, from 7-9 a.m. at Riverscape MetroPark. (MVRPC)
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