Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Celebrating Earth Day's 40th Birthday!

Earth Day will officially be over the hill this year! Celebrations across the country will take place in honor of caring for and respecting the earth. This year, Team East will be participating in the 5th annual Central Florida Earth Day, which takes place at Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando from 10 a.m to 6 p.m on Saturday April 24th. If you are in the area, please come by our booth.

What are your plans for Earth Day? If you are taking part in an Earth Day celebration this year, we want to hear about it! Also, did you know that one of the challenges this month for the Bigfoot Challenge is to take part in an Earth Day event and write us a story about what Earth Day means to you. Sweeten your Earth Day experience by having a chance to win some outdoor gear by taking part in the Bigfoot Challenge and an Earth Day event this month!

Happy Adventuring...Kate and Tracy


Anonymous said...

– April 22, 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the earth’s environment. Meet Me At The Corner (, a kids’ virtual field trip Web site, is celebrating with a pod cast about hiking and bird watching in Colorado Springs’ Aiken Canyon Preserve. The episode also includes a variety of activities and interviews intended to promote environmental interest among kids all year long. combines the content that educators and parents trust with the delivery method that today’s kids embrace.

Led by ten year-old reporter Benjy, the on-line video “field trip” introduces children to the 100+ species that inhabit the preserve, its unique ecosystem, and the history of ornithologist Charles Aiken. Rounding out the episode is an interview with Phil Kendal, the past chairman of the Nature Conservancy in Colorado, who shares how kids can get involved in hiking.

To help localize the content,’s “Learning Corner” provides parents and teachers a variety of episode-specific resources, activities and guided questions that meet national- and state-based educational standards.

Meet Me At The Corner also suggests the following five ways kids can actively participate in Earth Day...on April 22 and all year long:

1. Use less water. Take showers instead of baths and turn off the tap when brushing your teeth.
2. No-pollute commute. Walk or bike to school to reduce air pollution and save on fuel costs.
3. Save electricity. Turn off all lights and appliances when not in use.
4. Reduce, reuse, recycle. Buy/eat fresh snacks that use less packaging. Take a reusable bag on shopping trips.
5. E-Cycle. Keep old computers and electronics out of the landfill by taking them to a recycling center.

Kate and Tracy said...

Thanks for the comment. It is so important to teach children about the natural world. Your podcast is a great way to educate youth about areas they may not be familiar with and inspire them to get outdoors. This is a wonderful tool in building future stewards of the land. Thank-you for all your hard work and Happy Earth Day!