The Mississippi Welcome Center celebrated Earth Day with the public Thursday.
It invited local garden clubs, Keep Meridian-Lauderdale County Beautiful, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from Lake Okatibbee to share their knowledge with visitors.
Marketing students from Ross Collins also pitched in to help plant flowers.
"It teaches them about the value of taking care of mother earth and of nurturing and planting and growing and recycling, and just keeping the earth clean and taken care of," said Sandra Chambers, welcome center supervisor. "They need to be involved in taking care of the earth and the community, the city, the state, the whole country."
Earth Day began in the United States in 1970. It's celebrated in the spring in the northern hemisphere and autumn in the southern hemisphere.