Earth Day 2014
Office of External Affairs

Earth Day Events

Earth Day is a time to give back to the environment by participating in many of the Service’s scheduled events. Check out the events below, including other upcoming celebratory activities. Find more events in the coming year at the special events calendar.

  Biologist Carey Edwards assists Iron River Elementary School 5th graders with planting flowers in the butterfly garden. Credit: USFWS
Biologist Carey Edwards assists Iron River Elementary School 5th graders with planting flowers in the butterfly garden. Credit: USFWS
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Alaska Delaware Indiana Texas
Arizona District of Columbia Idaho West Virginia
California Flordia Nevada Wisconsin

Alaska
Alaska Zoo
Saturday, April 19, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Celebrate Kids Day at the Alaska Zoo presented by Alaska USA. Join in all the fun and it’s free admission for kids ages 17 and under. There will be special animal presentations, keeper talks, games and the petting zoo will be open. Fun times are sure to be had, so make sure you get in on all the action. This is part of Anchorage’s Promise city-wide Kids Day.

Contact: Alaska Zoo at 907-346-2133
http://www.alaskazoo.org/kids-day

Anchorage’s Promise & Kids Day
Saturday, April 19, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

KidsDay is exactly that...a day to celebrate our youth and families; a day to provide kids of all ages a day of laughter and fun! More than 80 youth-serving exhibitors gather at the Dena'ina Center to provide program information & fun activities for all to enjoy!  Everything from face-painting to prize wheels, petting zoo, street fair, wild about reading program & live stage performances! There's something for everyone at KidsDay! Be sure to stop by the Anchorage's Promise booth to pick a mystery egg and win a prize. Free for the entire family.

Contact: Tanya Masley at 907 272-4100 or Promise@anchoragespromise.org
http://www.anchoragespromise.org/

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Alaska Zoo
Sunday, May 18, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Migrate to the Alaska Zoo for this bird-focused event! Gather your flock to discover the benefits of birds to humans and nature. Explore hands-on activity stations, games, kid’s craft station, winning Jr. Duck Stamp artwork and more! Celebrate migratory birds and learn about bird conservation with event partners. Live education birds will also be on display for up-close viewing by Bird Treatment and Learning Center. This event is fun and educational for visitors of all ages. To learn more visit: http://alaskazoo.org/international-migratory-bird-day-zoo.

Contact: Tamara Zeller at 907-786-3517 or tamara_zeller@fws.gov

Potter Marsh Discovery Day
Saturday, June 7, 11:00 am – 4:00pm

Discover Potter Marsh and some of Alaska’s wildlife at Anchorage’s most popular wildlife viewing area. This family-friendly event brings you nature-related games and prizes, invertebrate sampling, birding stations along the boardwalk, captive birds from the Bird Treatment and Learning Center, educational animals from the Alaska Zoo, kid-friendly archery range, fly and spin casting practice, and more. To learn more visit: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=anchoragecoastal.discoveryday.

Contact: Elizabeth Manning at 907-267-2168 or elizabeth.manning@alaska.gov

California
Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Earth Day Cleanup - Ravenswood Point
Saturday, April 19, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 (noon) p.m.

Help protect wildlife! Join the refuge and Save the Bay for the annual Earth Day Cleanup. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations required in advance through http://www.savesfbay.org.

Contact: Call 510-792-0222 ext. 141.
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/don_edwards_san_francisco_bay/

Earth Day Community Service – Environmental Education Center
Saturday, April 19, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 (noon) p.m.

Come spend Earth Day with the refuge in the great outdoors. Do you need to fulfill community service requirements? Or would you just like to come lend a hand? Come help in our native plant garden by removing non-native plants, pruning, mulching, or conducting various other jobs that help protect wildlife and clean up our gardens. It’s a great service project for groups and individuals. Bring your own gloves or borrow a pair of ours. Tools are provided. Dress in layers and bring water and sunscreen. Be prepared to get dirty! Ages 9 and up. Participants 18 and under must be accompanied by a chaperone. Please make a reservation in advance!

Contact: Julie at 408-262-5513 ext. 104
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/don_edwards_san_francisco_bay/

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Saturday, April 22, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 (noon) p.m.

Join us at the California EPA Earth Day/Take Your Child to Work Day. Come learn about how the Service is “Connecting People with Nature” through our various programs and learn what you can do to take action towards conserving our local natural resources. Learn ways to recycle, save energy and learn about alternative fuel vehicles. There will be booths from numerous partners. For more information, visit: http://cafcp.org/getinvolved/events/2014_calepa_earth_daytake_your_children_work_event.

Contact: Carolyn Kolstad at 530-889-2308 or carolyn.kolstad@fws.gov

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Delaware
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Monday, April 12, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up the roads leading to the refuge. Bring work gloves and wear shoes that can get wet. Refreshments will be served after the cleanup.

Contact: Tina Watson at 302-653-9345 or tina_watson@fws.gov
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Bombay_Hook/

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District of Columbia
Department of the Interior

Earth Day 2014: Green Cities - Let’s Reduce Carbon Footprint
Wednesday, April 23, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
(Rain date: April 24)

The Department of the Interior, General Services Administration and Office of Personnel Management invite you to the 2014 Earth Day Fair in Rawlins Park, located at the intersection of 18th and E Streets, N. W., Washington, D.C. Come on out to this year’s Earth Day Celebration and enjoy: * Educational Exhibits * Green Products * Games * Music * Alternative Fuel Vehicles * Personal Electronic Collection * Refreshments *

Contact: Robert Pos at robert_pos@fws.gov or Lajuan Randolph at Lajuan_Randolph@ios.doi.gov
http://www.doi.gov/

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Florida
J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, April 19, 10:00 - 3:00 p.m.

The refuge will celebrate the 44th anniversary of Earth Day in partnership with Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS) and Tarpon Bay Explorers (TBE). The first 200 visitors to the refuge that day will receive a free upcycled T-shirt bag, courtesy of DDWS. Throughout the day, meet and greet “trashy” refuge educator Bagzilla, costumed in a year’s worth of an average person’s disposable bag consumption. For more information, visit:
http://www.dingdarlingsociety.org/earth-day.

Contact: 239-472-1100 ext. 236 or dingdarling@fws.gov
http://www.fws.gov/dingdarling/

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Idaho
Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 19, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 (noon) p.m.

Celebrate Earth Day by removing litter or noxious weeds to improve wildlife habitat at the Lake Lowell Unit of the refuge. Meet at the Visitor Center at 9:00 a.m. for orientation. Bring gloves and water. Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty. Volunteers will remove weeds and clean up litter around the shores of Lake Lowell and carry out trail maintenance. Volunteers may also do some wildlife-friendly landscaping around the Visitor Center. At 12:00 (noon) p.m., a pizza lunch provided by the Friends of Deer Flat will be served to volunteers at the Visitors Center. Please, pre-register!

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

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Indiana
Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 26, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Join the refuge for an Earth Day cleanup! There will be work for volunteers of all ages and abilities to help improve the refuge.

Contact: 812-522-4352 or muscatatuck@fws.gov
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/muscatatuck/

Indiana
Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 26, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Celebrate Earth Day by creating recycled arts and crafts. This event is FREE and for children ages 5 - 15 years old and their families. All materials will be provided. Registration required.

Contact: Terri Jacobson at 318-742-1219812-522-4352 or terri_jacobson@fws.gov
http://www.fws.gov/northlouisiana/RedRiver/

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Nevada
Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Saturday, April 19, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Earth Day Expo
Join the refuge in partnership with Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe for their annual Earth Day Expo at Oats Park in Fallon, Nevada. There will be live music, food, activities, recycling, composting, art and crafts. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic blankets out to the park and enjoy a beautiful day of fun! For more information, visit: http://www.fpst.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/2014-Environmental-Newsletter-March-Email.pdf or contact 775-423-0590. FREE to the public!

Contact: Susan Sawyer at 775-423-5128 or stillwater@fws.gov
http://www.fws.gov/stillwater/

Tuesday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Earth Day
Join the refuge in partnership with the Naval Air Station Fallon at the community park off Drumm Lane and Pasture Road. There will be hands on learning, environmental education booths, demonstrations, food and music. FREE to the public.

Contact: Susan Sawyer at 775-423-5128 or stillwater@fws.gov
http://www.fws.gov/stillwater/

Tuesday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m..

Earth Day
Join The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy and the Bureau of Land Management in celebrating Earth Day as they hosts an environmental education event for Washoe County School District children.

This community environmental education program focuses on teaching local school children about their environment and enables them to explore the concepts of ecosystems, habitats, and the Truckee River.  In the week leading up to this McCarran Ranch visit, an activity book is distributed to all students so that they can begin to learn about these topics. On the day of the event, approximately 240 school children will be rotated through several hands-on activities to learn about concepts such as wetland habitats and wildlife, river meander/restoration, and native plant revegetation. Learn More

Contact: Dan Balduini, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (702) 515-5480
Lisa Ross, Bureau of Land Management, (775) 885-6107
Patti Bakker, The Nature Conservancy, (775) 322-4990

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New Jersey
Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 26, 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Help clean up the refuge’s 8-mile Wildlife Drive!

Contact: Sandy Perchetti at 609-652-1665 or sandy_perchetti@fws.gov
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/edwin_b_forsythe/

Pennsylvania
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
Saturday, April 26, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 (noon) p.m.

Join the refuge for the most fun you’ve had getting dirty! It’s clean up day at the refuge in honor of Earth Day in partnership with the Darby Creek Valley Association. Bring your family and friends and help us clean up the refuge. Please bring water. Friends of Heinz Refuge will provide a hot dog lunch (and veggie dogs too!) at 12:00 (noon) p.m. for all volunteers. Gloves (one size fits all) and bags will be provided, and if you have your own gloves, bring them. Meet at the stone building in the parking lot to sign up. Please call in advance if you are attending!

Contact: 215-365-3118 or johnheinznwr@fws.gov
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/John_Heinz/

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Texas
Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 26, 9:00 - 12:00 (noon) p.m.

In honor of Earth Day, the refuge invites volunteers to help restore prairie and oak savanna ecosystems. During this event, volunteers will participate in a variety of stewardship activities. Scouts or other groups are welcome. A FREE lunch will be provided by the Friends of Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. Please pre-register!

Contact: Megan Wandag 515-994-3400 or megan_wandag@fws.gov
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Neal_Smith/about.html

Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 26, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

In commemoration of Earth Day 2014, the refuge along with the Friends of Trinity River Refuge, will host an afternoon of fun outdoor activities at the Champion Lake Public Use Area. Activities will include refuge boat tours, canoeing, kayaking, bird and butterfly viewing, walking the levee trail, dip netting and fishing lessons in the lake for the kids, and a “Wildlife Experience.” Champion Lake is located at the end of CR 417, two miles east of FM 1409 in southern Liberty County. This is approximately 10 miles south of Dayton, TX from Hwy 90 or about six miles north of I-10 at the Cove exit (FM 565). You may want to bring a lawn chair as seating is limited. Admission is free.

Contact: Stuart Marcus at 936/336-9786 or stuart_marcus@fws.gov
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/trinity_river/

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Saturday April 26-2710:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

In commemoration of Earth Day 2014, the Service will participate in Earth Day Texas (EDTx) an annual, outdoor festival seeking to elevate environmental awareness. EDTx will take place at Fair Park, in the heart of Dallas, Texas. The family-friendly event is FREE to the public. The highlight of the festival is the Eco Expo where exhibitors will use their presence to promote their achievements as green leaders, and teach attendees how to take environmentally responsible action by better utilizing available resources, switching to eco-friendly products, or joining their organizations. For more information, visit: http://earthdaytx.org/about.

Contact: Lesli Gray at lesli_gray@fws.gov

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West Virginia
Conservation Connect - Earth Day Broadcast
April 22, 2014
1:00 – 1:30 pm ET

Join host Chelsea McKinney, and her student co-hosts for this Earth Day special event.

We’ll celebrate the conservation success story of the American Bald Eagle by meeting a live bald eagle brought to the NCTC studio by Maryland Department of Natural Resources “Scales and Tales” educational program. Rangers Jessica Conley and Ashlee Reinke from Tuckahoe State Park will discuss bald eagle biology and behavior and we’ll see our national symbol “up-close & personnel”. We’ll also use the latest web-cam technology to observe newly hatched bald eagle chicks at several nest locations across the country and discuss how teachers can use wildlife web-cams in the classroom. Our program is targeted for youth, ages 10-14, but all ages are welcome to join us! 

Livestream Broadcast Link:  http://nctc.fws.gov/broadcasts
Conservation Connect is a new web-based video series that aims to connect youth, ages 10-14, with the great outdoors & conservation careers. Each episode will help students learn about wildlife, careers, and new technologies utilized to study and protect wildlife and natural resources. Produced by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, National Conservation Training Center. To view our recorded episodes and learn more, please visit the links below.

Website: http://nctc.fws.gov/conservationconnect

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/USFWSConservationConnect

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Wisconsin
Horicon National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 26, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Celebrate Earth Day with lots of fun activities! At 11:00-11:45 a.m. iphoneography with professional photographer Dave Edwards; 1:00-2:00 p.m. live critters with entertainer and naturalist Dave Stokes; 2:30-3:30 p.m. make a musical instrument from recycled materials and join in a sing-a-long. The Visitor Center will be open 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Contact: Erin Railsback at 920-387-2658 ext. 124 or erin_railsback@fws.gov
http://www.fws.gov/refuge/horicon/

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Last updated: April 21, 2014
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