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Kauffman Museum’s Earth Day celebration will focus on plants

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Kauffman Museum’s annual Earth Day celebration will again take advantage of having Sand Creek Trail close by on the Bethel College campus.

This year’s activity, which begins at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 20, is especially family friendly, says Andi Schmidt Andres, Kauffman Museum curator of education. Participants of all ages are invited to gather at Memorial Grove, at the Sand Creek Trail trailhead.

Bev Goering, the Memorial Grove caretaker, will describe the landscaping plan for Memorial Grove. After her short talk, participants will help plant some perennials in the beds at Memorial Grove and then have the opportunity to plant pumpkin and sunflower seeds to take home and watch grow.

The Earth Day event is free for all ages. The Sand Creek Trail Committee is sponsoring it along with Kauffman Museum.

To get to Memorial Grove, take Exit #34 (North Newton/Abilene/K-15) off Interstate 135 or follow Main Street (K-15) north out of Newton through North Newton. Turn east on 29th Street and drive between the sports stadium and parking lot, past Goering Hall. Follow the gravel road to the right and park on the east side of the tennis courts, then walk on the paved bike path 100 yards to Memorial Grove. For more information, call Kauffman Museum at 316-283-1612.

Regular Kauffman Museum hours are 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tues.-Fri., and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays. Admission to the museum, which also includes admission to the permanent exhibits “Of Land and People,” “Mirror of the Martyrs” and “Mennonite Immigrant Furniture,” is $3 for adults and $1.50 for children ages 6-16. More information is available by calling the museum or visiting its Web site, www.bethelks.edu/kauffman/.

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