HC Conservation Department gearing up for Earth Day party

The Henry County Conservation Department invites everyone to celebrate Earth Day with them on Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m. at the EE Classroom at the Oakland Mills Nature Center.

Tom Mililigan will present the program ?The Art of Conservation: A visit with Ding Darling.? Jay N. ?Ding? Darling will visit with the audience as an old friend in his 11th office at The Des Moines Register. Beginning with his early years in Sioux City whereas a young boy he became aware of the natural world around him as an editorial cartoonist, Darling recalls his remarkable life journey.

Considered by many to be one of the most important members of the modern conservation movement in the first half of the 20th Century, the impact of Darling?s work still is felt today. This program is part of the Democracy and the Informed Citizen Initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Council.

Preregistration is appreciated, but not necessary. The program is free to the public.

Other upcoming events through the Conservation Department include a lesson in outdoor cooking on May 17; a photography contest in June; and Kids Day in July.