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Earth Day Go Green at Parks and Other Community Events

of visitor services at New River Gorge National River, in West Virginia. “Many haven’t been exposed to basic outdoor nature activities.” That’s why the National Park Service annually sponsors more than 57,000 local school and park programs across the country, reaching 2.9 million students each year. More than 810,000 children also are participating in its Junior Ranger program. Many programs reflect First Lady Michelle Obama’s child wellness initiative, with the ap-


ost kids don’t have a clue what wilderness means,” observes Robin Snyder, chief

propriate twist, “Let’s move outside.” This year’s National Park Week,

from April 20 to 28, centered on Earth Day, will offer free weekday admission to all 398 national parks from April 22 to 26, adding 134 more historic sites, preserves, recreation areas and other sites to the usual 264 with no entrance fee. Earth Day’s 43rd anniversary celebrations throughout America and worldwide will encourage everyone to join in the next “billion acts of green,” aligned with the theme: The Face of Climate Change.

“In the face of unprecedented occurrences of extreme weather, loss of species and pollution, it is clear that climate change is affecting our planet. We cannot afford to wait any longer to act,” advises the Earth Day Network, which posts many ideas for participat- ing at Find local park activities by state at or check a park’s website for upcoming pro- grams. Following are other leading local events that will help citizens of all ages answer the call to go green.

April Earth Day Schedule: albuquerque


Earth Day Celebration at Jemez State Monument – 10am. Rangers will lead a hike up Oak Canyon (Church Canyon). Rangers will identify the plants and animals encountered along the way. Bring water, hiking shoes, sunscreen and a sack lunch Free.


National Parks Week – April 21-29. Every year around Earth Day, the national parks suspend entry fees. In addition to the El Malpais, there is Chaco Canyon, Bandelier, and the Petroglyphs National Monument. The Petroglyphs are always free, with a nominal parking charge. New Mexico National Parks and Monuments.

Bio Park Party for the Planet – 10am-2pm.The Aquarium, Botanic Garden, Albuquerque Aquarium and Botanic Gardens, Tingley Beach and the Zoo.

City of Albuquerque Open Space Recycled Art Fair – Celebrate Earth Day at the the Open Space 4th Annual Recycled Art Fair features artists who transform used objects into works of art. Make and take craft projects, puppet shows, yoga, food and more. Open Space Visitor Center, 505- 897-8831.

Earth Day at Coronado State Monument – Gen- eral spring cleaning. Monument rangers will have hands-on demonstrations of adobe wall construc- tion and adobe plastering in partnership with the

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