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Kickin’ It for Conservation a rain or shine event

(Left to right) Morgan Rea with sons Ricky and Daxon enjoy an insect display at the pest management tent during the Kickin’ It for Conservation energy and environmental fair Aug. 8, 2019, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Although officially celebrated in April, the event served as the base’s commemoration of Earth Day and was an opportunity for children and adults to learn how to conserve energy and protect the environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

(Left to right) Morgan Rea with sons Ricky and Daxon enjoy an insect display at the pest management tent during the Kickin’ It for Conservation energy and environmental fair Aug. 8, 2019, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Although officially celebrated in April, the event served as the base’s commemoration of Earth Day and was an opportunity for children and adults to learn how to conserve energy and protect the environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

Nicholas Brown (left), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service base liaison, explains wildlife tracking collars to Porter Lience during the Kickin’ It for Conservation energy and environmental fair Aug. 8, 2019, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Although officially celebrated in April, the event served as the base’s commemoration of Earth Day and was an opportunity for children and adults to learn how to conserve energy and protect the environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

Nicholas Brown (left), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service base liaison, explains wildlife tracking collars to Porter Lience during the Kickin’ It for Conservation energy and environmental fair Aug. 8, 2019, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Although officially celebrated in April, the event served as the base’s commemoration of Earth Day and was an opportunity for children and adults to learn how to conserve energy and protect the environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

(Left to right) Paisley and Ricky build birdhouses with their father Tech. Sgt. Ricky Rea, 388th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew chief, during the Kickin’ It for Conservation energy and environmental fair Aug. 8, 2019, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Although officially celebrated in April, the event served as the base’s commemoration of Earth Day and was an opportunity for children and adults to learn how to conserve energy and protect the environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

(Left to right) Paisley and Ricky build birdhouses with their father Tech. Sgt. Ricky Rea, 388th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron weapons load crew chief, during the Kickin’ It for Conservation energy and environmental fair Aug. 8, 2019, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Although officially celebrated in April, the event served as the base’s commemoration of Earth Day and was an opportunity for children and adults to learn how to conserve energy and protect the environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

The Energy Management booth during the Kickin’ It for Conservation energy and environmental fair Aug. 8, 2019, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Although officially celebrated in April, the event served as the base’s commemoration of Earth Day and was an opportunity for children and adults to learn how to conserve energy and protect the environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

The Energy Management booth during the Kickin’ It for Conservation energy and environmental fair Aug. 8, 2019, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Although officially celebrated in April, the event served as the base’s commemoration of Earth Day and was an opportunity for children and adults to learn how to conserve energy and protect the environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

Children enjoy an earthworm activity with Teresa Whitesell (right), base wildlife technician, during the Kickin’ It for Conservation energy and environmental fair Aug. 8, 2019, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Although officially celebrated in April, the event served as the base’s commemoration of Earth Day and was an opportunity for children and adults to learn how to conserve energy and protect the environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

Children enjoy an earthworm activity with Teresa Whitesell (right), base wildlife technician, during the Kickin’ It for Conservation energy and environmental fair Aug. 8, 2019, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Although officially celebrated in April, the event served as the base’s commemoration of Earth Day and was an opportunity for children and adults to learn how to conserve energy and protect the environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

Michelle Schmid (left), a representative for Bingham Cycles, talks with the Saunders family during the Kickin’ It for Conservation energy and environmental fair Aug. 8, 2019, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Although officially celebrated in April, the event served as the base’s commemoration of Earth Day and was an opportunity for children and adults to learn how to conserve energy and protect the environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

Michelle Schmid (left), a representative for Bingham Cycles, talks with the Saunders family during the Kickin’ It for Conservation energy and environmental fair Aug. 8, 2019, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Although officially celebrated in April, the event served as the base’s commemoration of Earth Day and was an opportunity for children and adults to learn how to conserve energy and protect the environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- In spite of the rain, families gathered at Centennial Park Aug. 8 for the fourth annual Kickin’ It for Conservation energy and environmental fair.

Although officially celebrated in April, Michelle Cottle, environmental branch chief for the 75th Civil Engineer Group, said the event served as the base’s commemoration of Earth Day and was an opportunity for children and adults to learn how to conserve energy and protect the environment.

The event kicked off with the signing of a Tree City USA proclamation by Col. Deron Frailie, 75th Air Base Wing vice commander.

The proclamation designated the day as Arbor Day at Hill Air Force Base and recognized the base as a Tree City USA community for the 26th consecutive year.

Nick King, Hill’s energy and utility manager, said that while the event focused on environmental preservation, it also highlighted the Air Force’s commitment to energy efficiency through interactive displays and educational opportunities.

Some of the displays and activities offered at the fair included wildlife observations, learning about bugs other critters, a battery powered automobile and bicycles, birdhouse building, backyard bird feeding techniques, the impacts of fire on the environment, and water resources and plants presentations.