After the 4-year-old’s father prompted her, she dug her hands in, mashing up the liquids and solids, making clay that could be used to make an oven.
It’s the proposed use for the clay made at Saturday’s Earth Day event at Bucklin Park, but for Daisy, it was all about getting her hands dirty. And it was a lot of fun.
Hundreds filled the park throughout the day as children and families learned about how they can make a difference with the environment.
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The event included a lot of different components, like an art show, demonstrations and booths from local agencies, said Ivan Soto, environmental technician with Imperial Valley Regional Occupational Program, who helped coordinate the event. A state group, Teens Turning Green, also had a booth, teaching how people can shop more conscientiously to avoid excess packaging and less waste.
Overall the event is very informative about what Earth Day is, he said.
“Earth Day’s an everyday thing for me,” he said. “I’m not perfect, but every day I try to improve to do more with less.”
He was encouraged to see the crowd of people attending the event, he said.
Many were at Saturday’s event to get more information about what they could do to help the environment.
Serina Item, 28, of Imperial brought her kids to learn about Earth Day. They did a lot of activities and had a lot of fun, she said.
“The world is continuously changing, so they need to know where things come from and where they are going,” she said.
The event drew people from all around the Valley, including 10-year-old Ryan Salazar. The Brawley resident said he came out because it’s Earth Day and his sister was performing at the event.
He kind of learned some new information about different animals as he walked through the different booths, he said. The main thing he brought out of it, though, was one of the meanings of Earth Day, which is you have to recycle and help the planet so that plants can grow and give people food.
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