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Posted on: July 14, 2020

[ARCHIVED] 6 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day


More than a billion people will celebrate Earth Day this year. Wondering what to do? We’ve put together a short list that will help get you out of the house and enjoying nature in no time. Whether you prefer a stroll on an outdoor trail or you like to view nature from the comfort of stadium seating, we’ve got you covered with 6 ways to celebrate Earth Day in Longview.

Photo by Les Hassel

1. Get outside and see some outdoor art with a walk on the Paul G Boorman Trail. Don’t miss this installation by local artist Jeff Hull. The Herd at Boorman is located at the HG Mosley trailhead and is 29 total bicycles installed to represent a herd of animals. It’s reminiscent of the longhorns and cattle bronze herds in Dallas and Ft Worth. See more art as you walk the complete trail to the other end at West Marshall Ave.

2. Go see the new Disneynature documentary, Penguins, from directors Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson. Penguins puts the focus on Steve, an Adélie penguin coming of age during a freezing Antarctic spring. Yup, expect cuteness overload-- penguins are adorable. Check Regal Longview RPX for showtimes.

3. Take a blanket and enjoy a picnic at Kid’s View Park. The park has a picnic area, 5 pavilions, restrooms, a play area, and a water connection. Grab a spot on the grass near the ravine and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. If you’re lucky, the ice cream truck may stop by.

4. Shop for trees or shrubs at New Orleans Gardens. This local nursery sells annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees. Take a stroll through their seven acres and take in all the gorgeous colors from the pansies to petunias.

5. Dine al fresco at the best kept secret in East Texas: T. Blanco’s back deck. Have a margarita with some chips and salsa while you listen to the birds and squirrels play nearby. 

6. Enjoy a colorful snow cone at Quenchies. They have over 150 flavors made fresh daily with pure cane sugar. They’re open every day of the week, so check their hours and pick one up to enjoy outside. 

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