VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Earth Day is Saturday, April 22, and a local organization invited the community to learn about some unique and important features of the local environment.

On Friday, Emily’s Walk held its second annual Earth Day speaker session, at the Vigo County School Corporation’s administration office.

Attendees heard from Mary Kramer, former director of Art Spaces, Inc. She spoke about how artists have helped generate excitement about rivers and waterways. The attendees also heard from Brendan Kearns.

The director of the Vigo County Soil and Water Conservation District shared his knowledge of the Wabash River and Wabashiki Wetlands.

Organizers say, the goal is to increase awareness, use, and, continued improvement of the Wabashiki and its trail system.

“These wetlands are a good symbol of what’s happening positively around Vigo County because over the last 20 years, if you’ve been following the Wabashiki development at all you’ll know what they’ve been able to accomplish in terms of set-asides and bringing trails, etc., to the community,” said Chris Herrington, co-founder of Emily’s Walk.

The event included a discussion about plans to build an observation platform, next to Dewey Point.

Then the attendees took a walk, along the Wabashiki trail system.