The Port Townsend Main Street Program is planning an Earth Day work party in the downtown area from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The Port Townsend Main Street Program is planning an Earth Day work party in the downtown area from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Earth Day cleanup events slated for Saturday

A variety of cleanup activities are planned around the North Olympic Peninsula to celebrate Earth Day this weekend.

• Port Townsend Earth Day Spring Cleanup

The Port Townsend Main Street Program is planning an Earth Day work party to tackle weeding and planting projects with a special focus on downtown rain gardens from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Volunteers should bring hand tools, gloves and wear work clothes.

RSVP by calling the Main Street office at 360-385-7911 or email admin@ptmainstreet.org.

• Earth Day beach cleanup

The Port Townsend Marine Science Center, in partnership with WA CoastSavers and the JeffCo Trash Task Force, will host its Earth Day Beach Cleanup from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The annual beach cleanup brings volunteers together to clean the beaches and roadways in the area. Volunteers will collect debris and contribute data on their findings to the Ocean Conservancy’s international database.

Olympic Disposal will provide free trash services for the event.

Check-in locations are at Fort Worden State Park, 532 Battery Way, Port Townsend, and Chimacum Corner Farmstand, 9122 Rhody Drive, Chimacum.

The first 100 participants will receive a $5 gift card for the Port Townsend Food Coop and $1 off coupon for the Keg and I.

For more information, visit www,ptmsc.org/coastal-cleanups or email mjohnson@ptmsc.org.

• State Parks co-hosts Washington Coast Cleanup

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will co-host the annual Washington Coast Cleanup on Saturday.

This year’s cleanups will take place at 10 state parks, including Fort Flagler, Fort Townsend, Fort Worden, Mystery Bay and Shine Tidelands.

Volunteers should dress for variable weather conditions, wear sturdy footwear and pack a lunch with plenty of water.

Participants will receive supplies to help them pick up debris at check-in. Volunteers are encouraged to bring reusable gloves.

For more information about the Washington Coast Cleanup, a list of all participating beaches or to pre-register, visit www.coastsavers.org.

A Discover Pass will still be required for vehicle access on state-managed lands.

Last year, 1,923 volunteers picked up 133,249 pounds of marine and firework debris off area beaches.

• Earth Month Seed Exchange

The North Olympic Library System will host an Earth Month Seed Exchange from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Forks Branch Library, 171 S. Forks Ave., Forks.

Bring seeds from your garden to share or swap.

The first 15 participants will receive a Garden Seed Starter Kit. Limit one per household.

For more information, call the library at 360-374-6402, email discover@nols.org or visit www.nols.org/seed.

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