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Here's one way to celebrate Earth Day with your kids

In lieu of our typical fathering article that suggests action ideas for engaging with your children, I’d instead like to invite you to participate in an upcoming activity. A group of local fathers is teaming up with Schlow Centre Region Library to provide a free event for dads and their kids on Sunday, April 22nd — “Dads Do Earth Day.”

Between 1:30-4:30 pm, you and your son/daughter can celebrate Earth Day by making bird houses and bird feeders, and by decorating a pot and planting your own tree seedling. This will take place in the Downsbrough Community Room, and includes extra credit: Take a picture of your family involved in any recycling activity and share it with @schlowlibrary on Twitter between April 1-22 with the hashtag #DadsDoEarthDay for an entry to win a prize book.

Over the past 17 years, we’ve advocated for fathers to work on being involved in, consistent with and aware of their children’s lives, while constantly trying to nurture them. Attending an event like this is a great way to hit on all these tenets, while also joining a small community of other fathers and children. As reading to your child is a fantastic way to connect, consider checking out the rest of the library while you’re there — and make it a regular date. If you don’t have school-aged children or are not a father (moms welcomed too!), please contact me about volunteer opportunities for this event, as we’d still love to have you join in.

The local fathering effort, in cooperation with the National Center for Fathering, provides monthly Action Ideas to stimulate conversation between fathers and parents. For more information, or to join local conversations, contact Mick Trombley at or Marc McCann at