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Contact: Jamie Kritzer
RALEIGH –People are invited to join staff members with the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources to celebrate the planet at a number of Earth Day events in April.
DENR staff members plan to participate in events on and around April 22, which is Earth Day. Earth Day was founded in 1970 toinspire awareness and appreciation for the environment. The following includes a list of Earth Day events in North Carolina:
· April 20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Bring the whole family to learn about the Earth at the Planet Earth Celebration in Raleigh. You can plant a seed, take home a sapling, learn about composting, play in our outdoor fun Kid Zone or learn about new green technology. DENR plans to have exhibits on air and water quality, marine fisheries, water resources, coastal estuaries and state parks. The event will be held inside and outside the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 West Jones St. Most events are free. Find out more at http://bit.ly/14eIRaD.
· April 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: The N.C. Division of Air Quality will participate in the Matthews Earth Day event. The event will feature compost bins, recycling exhibits and plenty of food. Learn more at http://bit.ly/14eJ65w.
· April 20-21:Come to a "Party for the Planet" at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro and discover what you can do to take care of the Earth. The state zoo will include educational exhibits throughout the park, including tree seedling giveaways and can and bottle exchanges. More information is at:http://nczoo.org/events/earthday.html.
· April 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.:The Division of Air Quality will participate in the Piedmont Earth Day Fair in Winston-Salem. The fair, which is held at the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds, will feature more than 100 exhibitors demonstrating sustainable products and services, local initiatives to protect the environment and a host of children’s activities and hands-on demonstrations. The event is free. For more information, check out http://peanc.org/earth-day-fair.
· April 20, noon-6 p.m.: Wilmington again celebrates Earth Day at Hugh MacRae Park. Attendance is free. Residents and visitors enjoy food, beverage, live entertainment, and a children's zone. The celebration enables everyone to learn about local environmental issues and volunteer opportunities. The divisions of Coastal Management and Marine Fisheries will participate. More information is at: http://www.wilmingtonearthday.com/.
· April 20, 1-4 p.m.: Looking for family fun? Make plans to attend Earth Fair OBX II at Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. The event features arts and crafts, exhibitors with information on “green” initiatives and protection of marine life as well as ocean research and sustainable energy. Jennette’s Pier is operated by the N.C. Aquariums Division. Learn more about the event at our website, http://www.jennettespier.net/.
·April 27,10 a.m. - 2 p.m.: Join more than 20 environmental educators at the Crystal Coast Earth Day Festival at Fort Macon State Park in Atlantic Beach. Visitors will be able to get close to whelks and sea stars in a touch tank, meet rescued wildlife and discover ways to protect the environment. Officials with state parks, marine fisheries and the aquariums plan to participate. The event is free. Want more information? Go to: http://1.usa.gov/14eJCQY.
· April 20,10 a.m.-3 p.m.: The Division of Air Quality will have an Air Awareness exhibit for an Earth Day event at the Catawba County Science Center in Hickory.
· April 20:Join park rangers and help fix sections of the trails in Grandfather Mountain State Park. No experience or tools are needed as the park will supply these things. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Bring work gloves, comfortable work clothes, bug spray, sunscreen, snacks and water. Work can include digging up roots and moving rocks. Questions? Please call the park office at 828-963-9522.
· April 22,1 p.m.:Staff at Lake James State Park will observe Earth Day with two very special hikes at the Paddy’s Creek Area. Park visitors will have their choice of participating in the grand opening of the newest section of the Overmountain Victory Trail or getting a tour and update on the progress being made on the Holly Discovery Trail. The hikes will begin at 1 p.m. from the Paddy’s Creek bridge parking lot. The staff asks that folks carpool whenever possible to allow for the limited parking spaces at the trailhead. For more information, call the park office at 828-584-7728.
To learn more about Earth Day events happening in your area, DENR compiles a calendar of events hosted by organizations statewide. People can view environmental education activities going on in the state at http://bit.ly/14eGVyT.
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