Earth Day, Arbor Day, and Eastbrook Homes

Every year, in late April, we celebrate two important days created to increase awareness, educate the public, and generate positive action related to the environment and conservation.

Created by Senator Gaylord Nelson, who was upset that our environment was being overlooked by the government and media, Earth Day was designed to spur people on to eco-friendly action. The first Earth Day was held in the United States on April 22nd, 1970. That year, more than 20 million people attended the first local events.

Before the creation of Earth Day, people in America observed another day created to stress the ecological importance of trees and encourage people to plant new or protect old trees and forests.

Started by Nebraskan Journalist, Julius Morton, in 1872, the idea for Arbor Day quickly took root and that year, nationwide interest helped Morton oversee the planting of more than 1 million trees. Arbor Day became nationally recognized in 1970.

Today, although both events are observed and celebrated worldwide to spread the message of conservation and to help reduce pollution.

In most locations, the observation of Earth Day and Arbor Day does not end on April 22nd. In West Michigan, Lansing, Michigan, and along the Lakeshore, Earth Day activities often last all week.

In fact, residents of all ages can participate in a variety of events all week long right here in West Michigan, Lansing.

Grand Rapids and Lakeshore Kids can volunteer to help with the following events throughout the week.

BUDS: Earth Day Musical Recycling

Friday, April 26th from 9:00 am  to 6:00 pm

West Side Christian School

955 Westend NW, Grand Rapids

Help the Middle School Creation Care Team make joyful noise as they share fun ideas to teach younger children about upcycling.

Party for the Planet 2019

Saturday, April 27th from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

John Ball Park Zoo

1300 W. Fulton St, Grand Rapids

Connect with nature and celebrate Earth Day with the diverse wildlife at the John Ball Park Zoo!

Earth Day at Frederik Meijer Gardens

Saturday, April 27th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Celebrate Earth Awareness in the Children’s Garden with Story Time, Appreciation Walks, and even a kid-friendly worm hunt.

In Muskegon County, the following event takes place all week to commemorate Earth Day and the environment. 

Muskegon Area Earth Week

Throughout Muskegon County

April 23rd to 27th

Participate in a variety of activities to celebrate Earth Day, including the Earth Fair Expo, guided nature sanctuary hike, beach and roadside cleanups, and much more.

On the Lakeshore, help celebrate Earth Day and educate others about environmental issues by participating in or volunteering for the Green March.

Green March starts at the Ottawa County Courthouse

Saturday, April 27th 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm

414 Washington Ave #100

Grand Haven, MI

Participate in the march on anything that doesn’t use fossil fuels, such as bikes, roller blades, or just your feet. The Green March also features music, food, and information or activity booths. You can also participate in the Earth Day Fair at the Grand Haven Community Center from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

At Eastbrook Homes, we firmly believe in protecting the environment with every piece of land we develop. Our very first step is to walk the land to better understand the topology and identify the key natural features that we want to work around. We also plant new or replant existing trees throughout our communities to help preserve the environment.

Michael McGraw, VP of Eastbrook Homes, has this to say about our new construction:

“Trees are absolutely one of those important features. We strive to preserve as many as possible and design the route of the roads, lot configuration, and park spaces entirely based on the premise of preservation of these key features.”

McGraw also said, “In the end, it comes down to evaluating what the land wants to give us, rather than forcing our ideas into a piece of ground, having paid no attention to existing features and topography. Even if this means tweaking the product type we are going to offer, it’s worth it.”

We design every one of our Eastbrook Communities with the area’s natural resources as our priority. When we focus on the positives that the land character has to offer, we end up with a much better “feeling” community.

To learn more about our Eastbrook Communities or our building process, or if you are ready to begin discussing your dream home, contact our Eastbrook team and let us show you how we can give you more home for the money, with less impact on the environment.

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