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Plenty of indoor activities mean the 22nd Annual Earth Day will go on rain or shine!

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Mother Nature may be sending a dose of desperately needed rain to Atlantic County, but the forecast shouldn’t dampen anyone’s enthusiasm for attending tomorrow’s 22nd annual Earth Day at the Atlantic County Utilities Authority’s Environmental Park. The fun begins at 10 am and goes until 4 pm, tomorrow, April 22nd at 6700 Delilah Road in Egg Harbor Township. Thanks to the generosity of Atlantic City Electric, and other sponsors, many exciting programs are planned.

The 5K race and one mile fun run will also go on as scheduled with all proceeds benefitting the American Heart Association.

“Rain is natural and good for the environment,” said ACUA President Richard Dovey. “Despite the weather predictions, there are plenty of indoor and sheltered activities and events that visitors can enjoy. Parking shuttles to all of the attractions will make it easy to take advantage of the terrific programs planned throughout the day,” Dovey added.

Tours of the wind farm on CNG-powered jitneys will be ongoing during the event and are not affected by inclement weather. Live entertainment inside the Recycling Center is scheduled from 10 am – 4pm.

“Many of the attractions are covered and can be experienced regardless of weather,” said Dovey. Inside the Big Tent, for example, more than 40 environmental exhibitors will be manning displays and sharing information on some of the wonderful programs underway here in Atlantic County. For anyone interested in sustainability and the environment, it shouldn’t be missed,” Dovey noted.

The five workshops have been moved inside to the Recycling Center (2nd floor) and will proceed as scheduled:

Free Workshops (all workshops will held inside the Recycling Center, 2nd floor)
11 am Native Plants with Raven Ahmed of Earth First Nursery;
12 pm  Rain Barrels at with Cara Muscio, Marine  Extension Agent;
  1 pm  Home Composting with Sue Scarlett , Certified Master Gardener;
  2 pm Community Supported Agriculture with Missie Aprill of Leaming’s Run Gardens;
  3 pm  EDIBL (Environmental Discourse on the Ingestion of Bugs League) with Benjamin Pratt.

Other event highlights:
Cape May Park & Zoo Shows at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 (inside the Recycling Center, 2nd floor)
Ever wonder why an animal is called a mammal?  Why isn’t a dog a reptile, or a bird. All animals are unique in their own way.  Come discover what it takes to be called “a Mammal.” 

Earth Day Wood Craft with Home Depot (Under a tent)
Join Home Depot and make your own nature wood craft between 10 am to 2 pm (while supplies last!)

Ride on a “Green” Jitney!
All shuttle service, including shuttles to the Wind Farm in Atlantic City, will be provided by the Atlantic City Jitney Association in their new compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles.

Tour of the Wind Farm
This is the seventh year that the public is welcome to take tours of New Jersey’s first commercial wind farm. The CNG Jitneys will shuttle participants to and from the wind farm from the Environmental Park in Egg Harbor Township. In addition, tours of the ACUA Wastewater Treatment Facility ACUA’s solar project and green roof will be available.

Eco Hayrides
In addition to new events and programs, everyone’s favorites are still here to enjoy. Eco Hayride tours, a perennial favorite, take visitors to the very top of the landfill for panoramic views of the area, including Atlantic City and the Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm.

Leeds Ave. School Butterfly Project
Learn from an expert educator who has traveled to the Monarch’s winter migration destination in Mexico about this beautiful native species and how we can support them right in our own yards. Students are packaging free milkweed seeds so you can grow your own plants which attract Monarch butterflies.

Live Entertainment (all stage shows will go on rain or shine and a covered tent with seating for the audience)
Event highlights for the day include: The 4H Cloggers at 10:30 am, Dave Street, entertainer and educator, will have shows at 11 am and 2:00 pm, and a “Rock the Boat” show at 12 and 3 pm, in which the musicians from Little Fish Theatre Collaborative explore the world of life beneath the seas. Valerie Vaughn at 1 pm who performs songs of NJ culture, history and environment.

Throughout the day there will also be the Franklin Institute Electricity Show (inside the Recycling Center)  and a touch tank with the Atlantic City Aquarium (inside the Big Tent). Pony rides are on rain or shine, a 4-H petting zoo, and a chance to take a picture with Supercan are also available. Bluegrass music in the food court by the ‘Chasing Blue’ band.  Also, don’t miss the Turtlesinger, located throughout the day in the Recycling Center. Visit this interactive program and learn about, touch and feed live turtles.

Part of the celebration includes exhibits by many community and environmental groups including: the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, St. Francis Avian Rehab Center, the Atlantic City Aquarium, Cape Atlantic Soil Conservation District, Great Egg Harbor Watershed Association, the Forsythe Wildlife Refuge, Defenders of Wildlife, and Conserve Wildlife Foundation, all located inside the Big Tent.

Inside the Atlantic City Electric Tent:
CFL demonstrations, energy efficiency tips, Clean Ocean Action, and lots of other energy related information.

Earth Day Race Opportunities
For runners of all ages and levels, two races are being held; a one-mile fun run begins at 8:30 am, followed by the 5K run at 9:00 am. The registration fee is $15 per person and $25 for a family entry (limit six entries). Race registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with the awarding of prizes following the finish of the 5K run. Please visit or call 272-6911 for race details. All proceeds from the race benefit the American Heart Association.

The ACUA would also like to thank additional Earth Day sponsors including:.

South Jersey Gas, Energenic, Acacia Financial Group, Inc., AtlantiCare, Atlantic City Jitney Association, Siracusa-Kaufman Insurance Agency, Clean Energy, Energy Plus, County Conservation, Hazen and Sawyer PC, Blank Rome LLP, Greeley and Hansen LLC, and Russell Reid.

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