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Five things to do this Earth Day weekend in Ottawa, April 22-23

It's Earth Day on Saturday, and here’s our roundup of ways to appreciate and protect nature.

The Ottawa skyline viewed from the War Museum lawn.

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The Ottawa skyline viewed from the War Museum lawn.

1. Nature Museum

The Nature Museum is thinking about the Arctic on Saturday with a giant inflatable polar bear, botany tent and scavenger hunt, Inuit games and a giant walkable map of the Arctic. The activities take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and require museum admission.

2. Drop off tires, electronics

The Ontario Tire Stewardship wants your old tires to live on as new products and stay out of landfills. Old tires can be dropped off at Hazeldean Mall on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Old electronics can also be reused: drop them off from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Connaught School.

3. Ottawa Orchid Show

Admire some of mother nature’s finest work at the Ottawa Orchid Show and sale this weekend at the RA Centre. The show will open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Adult admission is $12.

4. Writers Festival

The Ottawa International Writers Festival is hosting three authors for an Earth Day talk, including Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, author of This Accident of Being Lost and David Suzuki and Ian Hanington discussing their book, Just Cool It! at 6:30 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral on Sparks Street.

5. Park Summit and Celebration

Ecology Ottawa is holding its first ever Park Summit on Saturday, celebrating and discussing what makes a great public park. The summit takes place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Makerspace North, followed by an Earth Day Celebration until 9 p.m. with food, drinks, music and door prizes.

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