Atlantic City Electric and a variety of other sponsors are partnering with the Atlantic County Utilities Authority for an Earth Day celebration not to be missed! This year's 23rd annual celebration has many exciting events in addition to traditional favorites. The fun begins at 10 a.m. and goes until 4 p.m., Sunday, April 21 at 6700 Delilah Road in Egg Harbor Township. The event is rain or shine and all ages are encouraged to attend this fun and educational event.
"ACUA is pleased to partner once again with Atlantic City Electric and others to put together a day-long event focused on the environment, said ACUA President Rick Dovey. "There are exciting sustainable environmental initiatives happening right here in Atlantic County, and Earth Day is a great day to visit the ACUA and learn how you can get involved, whether it's with community gardening, Clean Communities or recycling. We want to encourage everyone to think globally and act locally," Dovey added.
"Atlantic City Electric is proud to support the ACUA's Earth Day event that stresses environmental protection and education on ways we can all better care for our planet," said Charlie Wimberg, Region Vice President, Atlantic City Electric. "Working with our customers on energy conservation measures and conserving our natural resources is extremely important. Our goal is to help promote a healthy and sustainable environment."
Each year, Earth Day features many educational and fun events. This year, in addition to the traditional favorites, the ACUA is excited to present:
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 a.m., followed by the 5K run at 9:00 a.m. 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 www.acua.com or call 272-6911 for race details. All proceeds from the race benefit the American Heart Association.
Climate Change Presentation
John Englander, author of the acclaimed book, High Tide on Main Street: Rising Sea Level and the Coming Coastal Crisis, will discuss his new book on the main stage at 10 a.m. and take questions from the audience.
Free workshops will be held every hour between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the amphitheater. Workshop topics will include: Native Plants at 11 a.m. with Raven Ahmed of Earth First Nursery; Rain Barrels at 12 p.m. with Lloyd Lomelino, Americorps Watershed Ambassador; Home Composting at 1 p.m. with Atlantic County Master Composters; Edible Bugs at 2 p.m. with Alexis Demitroff; and 3 p.m. Anne Dinshah, co-author of "Apples, Bean Dip and Carrot Cake: Kids! Teach Yourselves to Cook"
Cape May Park and Zoo Shows
In their "Habitats" show, presenters from the Cape May Zoo take a closer look at what makes each environment different and how animals survive in their particular niche. Cape May Zoo shows are 12 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm in the Recycling Center.
Earth Day Wood Craft with Home Depot
Join Home Depot and make your own nature wood craft (while supplies last!)
Ride on a "Green" Jitney!
All bus service, including shuttle bus service to the Wind Farm in Atlantic City, will be provided by the Atlantic City Jitney Association in their new compressed natural gas (CNG) busses.
Tour of the Wind Farm
This is the eighth 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 beginning at 10 a.m. (last shuttle at 3:15 p.m.). In addition, tours of the ACUA Wastewater Treatment Facility ACUA's solar project and green roof will be available.
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 expert educator, Mary Lenahan, who has traveled to the Monarch's winter migration destination in Mexico how this beautiful native species can be supported right in our own yards.
ACUA is pleased to present at 1 p.m. on the main stage, "Oceans Are Talking," a musical call-to-action performed by internationally known artist, Sam Lardner. The show seeks to enlighten children and their families about the most critical issues facing the world's oceans.
Other highlights for the day include: Dave Street, entertainer and educator, will have shows at 11 a.m. and 2:00 p.m, and a "You Are What You Eat" show at 12 and 3 p.m., a fast-paced, interactive comedy that explores the unusual eating habits of some aquatic animals. Throughout the day there will also be the Franklin Institute Electricity table-top display and a touch tank with the Atlantic City Aquarium and the Wetlands Institute. Pony rides, a 4-H petting zoo, and a chance to take a picture with Supercan are also available. Live entertainment will be ongoing throughout the day and includes Valerie Vaughn who performs songs of NJ culture, history and environment. Valerie will be performing in the food court. Also, don't miss the Turtlesinger, located on the second floor of 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, the Wetlands Institute and Conserve Wildlife Foundation. Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge will also be participating and will have live raptors as part of their exhibit.
Goodwill Industries will have a donation box set-up in the parking area. Event-goers are encouraged to bring clothing and shoe donations with them to Earth Day.
The ACUA would also like to thank additional Earth Day sponsors including:.
South Jersey Gas, Energenic, Caesars Entertainment, Acacia Financial Group, Inc., AtlantiCare, Atlantic City Jitney Association, Siracusa-Kaufman Insurance Agency, Clean Energy, Golder Associates, Blank Rome LLP, Chavond-Barry Engineering, Russell Reid, County Conservation LLC, Galloway Twp. Education Foundation, Goodwill Industries of Southern NJ and Philadelphia, GranTurk Equipment Company, Inc., Home Depot, J-Dogs Catering & Amusements, Capaldi Reynolds & Pelosi, SOSH Architects and CRA Financial
For more information, visit www.acua.com/earthday