By: Kayla Bremer
It's the 43rd year of Lincoln's Earth Day celebration. It started Sunday morning with a fun run at Wilderness Park and the events continued until midnight.
It feels like spring has finally sprung and for 8–year–old Leyla Hilsabeck and her family, it was time to take advantage of the weather. They rode their bikes to Antelope Park to help celebrate Earth Day.
Even at a young age, Leyla says she knows how important it is to appreciate and keep the earth clean.
"If the earth wasn't clean we probably wouldn't have a place to live," Hilsabeck said.
The park was packed Sunday afternoon as thousands of people enjoyed Lincoln Earth Day's family activities and also learned about the importance of protecting the earth.
"It's fantastic," Kristina Faimon said. "There's a lot of neat stuff, the kids love it. It's a great educational day for them."
More than 80 booths of local businesses and non–profits were set up with different tips for a cleaner Lincoln. Many were able to pick out fresh plants for their gardens and try different types of local food from the season's first farmers market.
There were plenty of compost and recycling bins for event goers as one of the main goals of Earth Day is to be as waste free as possible.
"We do all that we can, especially on this one day to educate as much as possible to let people know those options that they have, that it's not just you have to do it this one way but there's ways to really live sustainability and environmentally aware in order to help sustain for further generations," Earth Day Chair Anne Hintz said.