By News-Register staff • 

Celebrating Earth Day with nature, animals

Marcus Larson / News-Register##Madelyn Cottrill and her uncle, Nicholas Rahmig, feed handfuls of hay to a cow at Baby Animal Day at Buchanan-Cellars in McMinnville.
Marcus Larson / News-Register##Madelyn Cottrill and her uncle, Nicholas Rahmig, feed handfuls of hay to a cow at Baby Animal Day at Buchanan-Cellars in McMinnville.
Marcus Larson / News-Register##Carmen Beard laughs as a rough-skinned newt climbs up her cousin Rayvin Macabe s arm at Miller Woods.
Marcus Larson / News-Register##Carmen Beard laughs as a rough-skinned newt climbs up her cousin Rayvin Macabe's arm at Miller Woods.
Marcus Larson / News-Register##Earth Day at Miller Woods volunteer Jaden Firestone takes a break on a giant tree while Carly Martin plays with other children in its hollow base.
Marcus Larson / News-Register##Earth Day at Miller Woods volunteer Jaden Firestone takes a break on a giant tree while Carly Martin plays with other children in its hollow base.
Marcus Larson / News-Register##After constructing a planter box and decorating it with dinosaurs, Dean Prusso places a flower inside, along with a little too much dirt.
Marcus Larson / News-Register##After constructing a planter box and decorating it with dinosaurs, Dean Prusso places a flower inside, along with a little too much dirt.

Earth Day brought people out into nature and kept them in touch with other creatures.

At Miller Woods, the educational site in the hills west of McMinnville, volunteers helped visitors learn about trees, grasses and wildlife.Children saw and touched forest creatures, hiked with their parents, made paper and bird boxes.

Buchanan-Cellers hosted its 10th annual Baby Animal Day Saturday, also to coincide with Earth Day. Children rode ponies, petted calves and other animals, built planter boxes and met the Oregon dairy princess.

Earth Day was first celebrated April 22, 1970, as a way of drawing attention to the importance of preserving our environment.

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