May 12 2016 11:29 AM

BWL and Impression 5 hold Adopt A River event Saturday

THURSDAY, May 12 — Two organizations are teaming up this weekend, dedicating their time and energy to cleaning Greater Lansing rivers.

The Lansing Board of Water & Light and Impression 5 Science Center will host the 23rd annual Adopt A River event Saturday at Impression 5 (200 Museum Drive, Lansing). A free environmental fair and lunch will follow the cleanup.

The museum will also unveil new informational plaques for the Planet Walk at a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday. The Planet Walk is a linear park that features a scale model of the solar system, reaching from Impression 5 to the Abrams Planetarium on MSU's campus.

The organizations are expecting hundreds of volunteers to help clean and beautify the Grand and Red Cedar rivers along the 10.2-mile Lansing River Trail.

Admission to Impression 5 Science Center is free on Saturday for those who register and participate in the cleanup. Events include kid-friendly exhibits and a tree giveaway. In addition, free seedlings and 6-foot potted ornamental trees will be given away as part of BWL’s Plant a Tree in the Right Place program. In recent years, the BWL has given away more than 9,000 trees and has received the National Arbor Day Foundation Tree Line Utility Award for 12 consecutive years.

Since Adopt A River’s inception, volunteers have cleared literally tons of litter, and the program has earned statewide awards for river stewardship. It has also served as a model for similar river-awareness programs in Michigan.

Adopt A River schedule:

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Registration

10 a.m. – Noon Clean-up

Noon Planet Walk Ribbon Cutting

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Environmental Fair

For more information or to pre-register, go to