In 1970 Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson promoted the concept of an environmental day which would be practical, encourage participation and motivate citizens to take action to help protect the earth.
Now more than four decades later, that idea known as Earth Day has taken hold all over the United States.
On April 22, Missouri National Recreational River will lead willing volunteers of the Vermillion area in a celebration of this concept in helping restore the Wild and Scenic Missouri River.
The National Park Service at Missouri National Recreational River will lead its first-ever Earth Day cleanup at Mulberry Bend from 1 to 4 p.m. The cleanup will take place at both the overlook and boat ramp. Park staff will be on-site with volunteer sign-up sheets in addition to providing gloves and trash bags.
Volunteers will meet at the Mulberry Bend overlook parking lot. If you are coming from the Vermillion area, take South Dakota Highway 19 south (it becomes Nebraska Highway 15 as soon as you cross the bridge), the Mulberry Bend overlook parking area will be on your left. If you are coming from the Ponca area take Nebraska Highway 15 north toward Vermillion. The overlook will be on your right just before the bridge.
For questions or more information, call Chris Wilkinson, chief of interpretation & education at (605) 665-0209, ext. 29.