Earth Day 2010
Office of External Affairs

Earth Day Events

  Refuge employees frequently work with school groups, like this one visiting Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Credit: John and Karen Hollingsworth / USFWS
Refuge employees frequently work with school groups, like this one visiting Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Credit: John and Karen Hollingsworth / USFWS
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Arkansas Georgia Minnesota Oregon
Alabama Idaho Nevada Puerto Rico
California Illinois New Jersey South Carolina
District of Columbia Kentucky New York Tennessee
Florida Louisiana North Carolina Texas

Arkansas
Wapanocca National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 24, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Come celebrate Earth Day by helping to pick up litter along refuge roads. This will be followed by a tour of the refuge from 3:00– 5:00 p.m. Bring weather-appropriate clothing and gloves. Meet at the refuge garage located across the street from the refuge headquarters.

Contact: Bill Peterson at bill_peterson@fws.gov or 870-343-2595
http://www.fws.gov/wapanocca/


Alabama
Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 17, 9:00 a.m.
Celebrate Earth Day by helping to clean up the Dancy Bottoms Trail, a bottomland hardwood trail along Flint Creek. Then hike the trail to discover and identify spring wildflowers.

Contact: Teresa Adams at teresa_adams@fws.gov or 256-350-6639
http://www.fws.gov/wheeler/


California
Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office
Sunday, April 18, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the 22nd annual Stockton Earth Day with the Friends of the Lower Calaveras River to expose and educate attendees about their local river. Admission to the event is free and it will be held at Victory Park. http://www.livegreensanjoaquin.org/.

Contact: 209-946-6400
http://www.fws.gov/stockton/

Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Friday, April 23, 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Join the refuge for a “Digging In” workshop, which will focus on the basics of habitat restoration and how to start volunteer based project. The workshop is based on the “how-to” many, “Digging In: A Guide to Community Based Habitat Restoration.” Strategies for coastal and community restoration projects will also be discussed. The event also includes a field tour led by refuge staff.

http://www.fws.gov/humboldtbay/

San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Sunday, April 18, 10:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Come out for San Diego’s 20th anniversary of the annual Earthfair at Balboa Park and stop by the refuge booth. The event will feature more than 350 exhibitors, special theme areas, kid’s activities, art show, plus much more. EarthFair is the largest free annual environmental fair in the world and draws about 70,000 visitors annually. http://www.earthdayweb.org/

http://www.fws.gov/sandiegorefuges/

San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Saturday, April 17, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Join for the refuge complex for its annual Earth Day cleanup and help protect the environment while enjoying great Bay views. Refuge staff and volunteers will work with up to 50 members of the public to clean a 3.5-mile trail through Ravenswood, a part of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project in Palo Alto. Wear sturdy shoes, a hat and sunscreen. The refuge will supply latex gloves and trash bags. Reservations required. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited. Reservations are required. http://www.southbayrestoration.org/events/Events-earthday.html.

Contact: Jennifer Heroux jennifer_heroux@fws.gov or 408-262-5513 ext. 106
http://www.fws.gov/sfbayrefuges/

San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Saturday, April 17
Volunteer with the refuge complex for an Earth Day Community Service day with local scout groups, high school students, church groups and home-schoolers for pruning, mulching, plant removal and other activities in the native plant garden at the Environmental Education Center at the southern end of San Francisco Bay.

Contact: Jennifer Heroux jennifer_heroux@fws.gov or 408-262-5513 ext. 106
http://www.fws.gov/sfbayrefuges/

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District of Columbia
Department of the Interior
Thursday, April 22, 2010
http://doi.gov/news/mediaadvisories/Salazar-to-Celebrate-Earth-Day-Americas-Great-Outdoors-at-Two-Events-on-Mall.cfm
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will welcome 600 students at a celebration of National Parks Week and speak at an event marking the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22. He will emphasize President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors Initiative and the importance of getting young people out into nature to continuing our nation’s conservation legacy.

The first event, the Buddy Bison Earth Day Celebration (http://www.parkrrust.org), is an experiential educational program designed to engage kids in environmental stewardship, promote outdoor activities and health and celebrate the national parks. There will be games, songs, living classroom exhibits, visits from mounted U.S. park police officers on horseback, interactive environmental station activities and special guests, including a life-size Buddy Bison. Children attending “Take a Child to Work Day” as well as from students from area schools will take part in the program.

The second event is a 40th anniversary observation of Earth Day sponsored by the Earth Day Network (http://www.earthday.org/) that will focus on the need to address urgent environmental crises such as climate change.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Family & Youth Casting Call
Saturday, April 24, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a day of fishing at Fletcher’s Cove in the C&O Canal National Historical Park. We provide the instructors and all the gear you will need to catch fish! When not fishing on the canal, children will complete a series of hands-on activities to earn their National Park Service Junior Ranger Badge. Learning stations set up around the facility will teach fly-tying, water quality testing, bug identification and much more. Partner agencies and organizations will have displays set up to learn about how they are helping fish and fishing across the country. This event is hosted by the American Fly Fishing Trade Association and National Park Service. http://www.familyandyouthcastingcall.com/

Contact: info@familyandyouthcastingcall.com

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Florida
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
Thursday, April 22, 9:00 a.m.
St. Ann’s Catholic School will be conducting a field classroom experience at the refuge by visiting the Marsh Trail while discovering birds, butterflies and invertebrate species in Management Compartment C. 

Thursday, April 22, 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Refuge staff will be earning their “I Gave Eight,” while participating in the Morikami Park Elementary School’s second annual Earth Day Social. Refuge staff will present Project Wild to students and their families while they rotate through four different stations. 

Contact: Serena Rinker at serena_rinker@fws.gov or 561-735-6029
http://www.fws.gov/loxahatchee/

South Florida Ecological Services Office
Saturday, April 17, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for an Earth Day 40 Open House where staff biologists will speak with visitors about their conservation efforts in south Florida. There will be posters, displays and various video presentations with Earth Day themes, as well as interactive events for children.

Contact: Sandy Cardenas at sandy_cardenas@fws.gov or 772-562-3909 ext. 276
http://www.fws.gov/verobeach/

St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
Thursday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will join with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Office of Environmental Education at Waller Park for Earth Day at the Capitol. The theme for 2010 is “Easy as One” and will focus on easy green practices each person can implement in their daily lives. Collectively, our ordinary actions bring extraordinary results. At least 30 other partners will be exhibiting, including Get Outdoors Florida! the coalition for connecting families back to nature in Florida. http://www.dep.state.fl.us/secretary/ed/earthday/default.htm

Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work® also falls on April 22 this year. Capitol area workers will have the opportunity to encourage children to be environmentally responsible as well as to think imaginatively about their family, work and community lives.

Contact: Robin Will at robin_will@fws.gov or
http://www.fws.gov/saintmarks/

St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 24, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Celebrate the Earth Day with Families in Nature program. Come check out all the beautiful spring flowers blooming at the refuge. Families can enjoy a scavenger hunt, fun activities and giveaways. Free with refuge entrance fee.

Contact: 850-925-6121 to register
http://www.fws.gov/saintmarks/

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Georgia
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 17, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Suwannee Canal Recreation Area, 12 miles Southwest of Folkston, GA off Hwy 121/23
Join refuge staff and volunteers for a fun, family-friendly celebration of the environment! Begin the day by participating in a Refuge Litter Pick-Up then stick around to enjoy nature-inspired festivities. Visit exhibitor booths to learn how this community is doing their part to save the planet; make your own recycled crafts; attend live animal demonstrations; and don’t miss out on an outdoor theatrical performance of Dr. Seuss’s “The Lorax.” Come on along a guided nature walk down one of our most popular trails, meet refuge biologists and firefighters and observe the first annual Solar Car Sprint, a race between model cars powered entirely by the sun’s energy!

Contact: Jamie Lanier at jamie_lanier@fws.gov or 912-496-7836
http://www.fws.gov/okefenokee/

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Idaho
Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 24, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 (noon) p.m.
Help celebrate Earth Day by improving wildlife habitat while spending time outside, listening to the birds sing and enjoying beautiful Lake Lowell. Projects will include picking up litter, removing noxious weeds and tending the wildlife-friendly landscaping at the Visitor Center. Wear sturdy shoes, a hat and sunscreen. The refuge will supply gloves and trash bags. Must pre-register. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited.

Contact: deerflat@fws.gov or 208-467-9278 to register
http://www.fws.gov/deerflat/

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Illinois
Meredosia National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 17, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Visit the refuge booth during the city of Meredosia’s Earth Day event in Meredosia Park. Participants will be able to pick up refuge brochures, posters and coloring books, as well as information about the refuge. Other activities include free trees courtesy of Meredosia Midwest Seedling Supply and Morath Tree Service, earth bags designed by local students, electronic recycling collection courtesy of Meredosia Computer Repair and other events.

Contact: IllinoisRiver@fws.gov or 309-535-2290
http://www.fws.gov/Midwest/IllinoisRiver/

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Kentucky
Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery
Saturday, April 24, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day with the entire family by touring the hatchery and learning more about how you can do your part to protect our wonderful outdoors! There will be a limited number of free tree seedlings to give away, and there will also be different agency booths on hand for participants to learn more about the many organizations that go into protecting our natural resources. There will be guided hikes and a variety of speakers presenting on several topics.

Contact: Amanda Patrick at amanda_patrick@fws.gov or 270-343-3797
http://www.fws.gov/wolfcreek/

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Louisiana
Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 16-18
Come out for the Seventh Annual Bayou Teche Bear Festival, and learn about the state threatened Louisiana black bear. Enjoy the Bear-y Patch educational pavilion with 15 exhibitors and loads of hands-on action for the whole family. The festival will feature music, food, field trips, educational exhibits and children’s activities relating to bears and the many other natural resources found in south Louisiana. Pontoon boat tours of Bayou Teche will be offered by the Friends Group, and guided canoe tours and nature walks will take place on both April 17-18. http://www.bayoutechebearfest.org/

Contact: Byron Fortier at byron_fortier@fws.gov or 985-882-2025
http://www.fws.gov/bayouteche/

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Minnesota
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Thursday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 (noon) p.m.
Join refuge staff and volunteers for a refuge clean-up.

Contact: Kristin Raveling at kristin_raveling@fws.gov or 952-858-0715
http://www.fws.gov/midwest/minnesotavalley/

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Nevada
Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office
Thursday, April 22
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will co-host an environmental education event at McCarran Ranch that will highlight a multi-partner wetland/river restoration project and provide an opportunity for approximately 400 fourth grade students to participate in hands-on environmental education activities. This event will provide opportunities for students to learn about wetlands including leopard frogs and invertebrates; the importance of river meanders; invasive and native species; participate in restoration; and view stocking of Lahontan cutthroat trout in the Truckee River. The event is co-hosted by the Nevada Department of Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Contact: 775-861-6300
http://www.fws.gov/nevada/

Nevada Fish and Wildlife Office
Sunday, April 25
Celebrate Reno’s 21st annual Earth Day at Idlewild Park. More than 200 vendors will be present and live entertainment from local bands will be featured throughout the day. This event attracts over 40,000 people and hosts displays from over 100 nonprofit organizations and businesses. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff will be on hand to discuss and educate participants about the agency’s activities and Nevada’s species and provide educational activities for children. http://www.nevadaeconet.org/events/earthday

Contact: 775-861-6300
http://www.fws.gov/nevada/

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New Jersey
Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
Cleanup: Saturday, April 24, 8:30 – 11:00 a.m. (Rain date: Sunday, April 25)
Festival: Saturday, April 24, 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Rain date: Sunday, April 25)
Join scout groups, community groups, families and individuals for a cleanup along the refuge’s Wildlife Drive. Then enjoy a festival including a youth archery program and highlighting the refuge’s new environmentally friendly visitor center.

Contact: 609-652-1665
http://www.fws.gov/northeast/forsythe/

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New York
Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 24, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
The Annual “Spring into Nature” celebration offers more than 20 nature-related exhibits, activities, and games for the entire family. Programs will include a bald eagle watch, live kestrel cam, guest speakers, nature walks, musical entertainment and Refuge System mascot – the Blue Goose. Free admission and parking for visitors.

Contact: Dorothy Gerhart at dorothy_gerhart@fws.gov or 585-948-5445
http://www.fws.gov/northeast/iroquois/

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North Carolina
Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 24, 7:00 p.m.
Refuge staff and volunteers, in partnership with the Red Wolf Coalition, offer you the experience of a lifetime! Learn about endangered red wolves, found only in the wilds of northeastern North Carolina, and get the chance of a lifetime to hear their harmonious howls. Cost: $7 per person with children under five years-old admitted free of charge. A complete list of more dates is available online. Registration is required. Visit http://redwolves.com/web/index.html or call 252-796-5600.

Contact: 252-473-1668
http://www.fws.gov/alligatorriver/

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge Wildlife Drive
Saturday, April 24, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 (noon) p.m.
Brand new! Climb aboard the open-air tram for a FREE guided tour of the refuge. Ride along hands-free and use your camera or binoculars while a refuge staff or volunteer talks about wildlife habitat protection at the refuge.

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Oregon
Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 24, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife welcomes visitors to the Bandon Marsh overlook for a day of shorebird observation and activities. Volunteers and staff will provide binoculars, scopes and field guides to help visitors spot and identify the wide variety of shorebirds that will be migrating along the Oregon Coast this spring. In addition to watching shorebirds, visitors will have an opportunity to explore the mudflats for invertebrate prey using shrimp guns, shovels and I.D. guides. If getting muddy doesn't sound appealing, adults and children can enjoy the hands-on displays and activities available for investigation.

Contact: Kelly Balcarczyk at kelly_balcarczyk@fws.gov or 541-961-2212
http://www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/bandonmarsh/

Klamath Falls Fish and Wildlife Office
Saturday, April 17
In celebration of Earth Day, join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a day of reseeding a controlled burn area with native warm season bunchgrasses at Moore Park in partnership with City Parks and Eagle Ridge High School. Moore Park is one of the largest city parks in Oregon, with over 400 acres of wildlife habitat as protected open space.

Contact: 541-885-8481
http://www.fws.gov/klamathfallsfwo/

Willamette Valley National Wildlife Complex
Saturday, April 17, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Refuge staff and volunteers will be joining over 30 educational exhibitors with interactive displays, activities and music at the Oregon Gardens. http://www.oregongarden.org/Earth-Day.htm

Contact: Sallie Gentry at sallie_gentry@fws.gov or 541-757-7236
http://www.fws.gov/WillametteValley/complex/

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Puerto Rico
Vieques National Wildlife Refuge
Wednesday, April 14, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Culebra National Wildlife Refuge
Wednesday, April 28, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Vieques and Culebra elementary school children K-6 will have the opportunity to learn about some of the agencies and organizations responsible for the conservation and protection of local natural treasures through an Environmental Education Fair organized by refuge staff. Among the participating organizations are the University of Puerto Rico Sea Grant College Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Coast Guard, Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Contact: Gisella Burgos at gisella_burgos@fws.gov or 787-946-6230
http://www.fws.gov/caribbean/refuges/Culebra/default.htm
http://www.fws.gov/caribbean/Refuges/Vieques/

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South Carolina
Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge
Earth Day Recycling Adventure for Kids
Saturday, April 17, 11:00 a.m.
Want to learn of ways to save the planet for Earth Day? Learn about the 3 R’s – Reduce-Reuse-Recycle at the Sewee Visitor & Environmental Education Center. Make art out of what you think of as TRASH! Registration is required by Thursday, April 14. The program is free.

Contact: Julie Binz at juliebinz@earthlink.net or 843-928-3368 to register.
http://www.fws.gov/seweecenter/

Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 24, 12:30 p.m.
Join a Coastal Expeditions naturalist walking tour on Cape Romain’s Bulls Island. The half-hour ride to the island will take you through the pristine salt marsh estuary of the refuge with opportunities to view dolphin and numerous birds. Once on Bulls, you will learn about the natural and cultural history of this magnificent undeveloped barrier island. Registration is required. There is a fee for the tour.

Contact: 843-884-7684 to register or http://www.coastalexpeditions.com/
http://www.fws.gov/caperomain/

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Tennessee
Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 17, 12:00 (noon) – 5:00 p.m. - Visit the refuge booth at the 2nd Annual West Tennessee Earth Day Festival at Pringles Park where kids and adults can view various animals, take home brochures and posters and learn more about the refuge. The event is sponsored by the Girl Scouts Heart of the South and the Tennessee Department of Transportation. There will be earth-friendly events, vendors, free prizes for the entire family, and more. There will also be Earth Day patch programs available for earning that day. http://www.girlscoutshs.org/Programs.html

Contact: Mike Chouinard at mike_chouinard@fws.gov or 731-780-8189
http://www.fws.gov/hatchie/

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Texas
Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 24, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
In commemoration of Earth Day, the refuge’s Champion Lake Public Use Area will offer free canoeing, kayaking and boating tours, bird and butterfly viewing and dip netting and fishing lessons in the lake for the kids. Visitors can also walk the levee trail. Bring a lawn chair.

Contact: Stuart Marcus at stuart_marcus@fws.gov or 936-336-9786
http://southwest.fws.gov/refuges/texas/trinityriver/

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Last updated: April 20, 2010
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