Salazar to Celebrate Earth Day, America’s Great Outdoors at Two Events on Mall



04/20/2010


Contact: Hugh Vickery (202) 501-4633


WASHINGTON -- 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, 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 that will focus on the need to address urgent environmental crises such as climate change.

Who: Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar
                  
What: Events marking National Parks Week and the 40th Earth Day.

When: Thursday, April 22, 2010

Event 1: Buddy Bison Earth Day Celebration
       10 a.m. EDT
       15th and Constitution Ave. NW

Event 2: Earth Day 40th Anniversary
       2 p.m. EDT
       12th and Madison Drive, NW