Earth Daybegan in 1970 and is a day celebrated across the world to increase awareness and appreciation of the Earth's natural environment.
Mobilize the Earth is the theme for Earth Day 2012
INNOV8 Lafayette is holding it’s first Earth Day Celebration at University of Louisiana Research Park. The National Wetlands Research Center is celebrating 20 Years of Worldwide Wetlands Science.
What:The whole family can enjoy learning about science in our own backyard at this community event. Here are just a few of the highlights:
- See how the cool scientists get around! We’ll have the NWRC Science Response Vehicle, which was used to help respond to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans; the NWRC Mobile Avian Radar Lab that tracks birds; and a variety of air and motor boats on display.
- Get behind the scenes on one of the lab tours.
- Check out how invasive species like nutria, island apple snails, and feral swine are studied.
- Experience how scientists study Louisiana animals through the examination of furbearer pelts, bones, and bird carvings.
- Be a detective! See how fast you can find your home via remote sensing imagery.
- Learn more about Louisiana’s coastal wetlands, why we’re losing them, and what’s being done to save this precious North American resource!
When: Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Special Event Times:
- Behind the scenes lab tours start at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00
- Presentation on “Louisiana’s Coastal Wetlands: A Primer,” starts at 2:30
- University Research Park,
USGS National Research Center
700 Cajundome Boulevard, Lafayette LA 70506
The USGS is just one agency participating in this exciting and educational Earth Day celebration. Kids can climb a rock wall or play in the bounce house at the Evangeline Area Council of Boy Scouts of America exhibit. Learn about coastal restoration by visiting the NOAA Estuarine Habitat and Coastal Fisheries Center next door. Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority will present information about creating a sustainable coast.
Learn more about the USGS NWRC by visiting
More information about INNOV8’s Earth Day Celebration is available at
**Contents reprinted from the INNOV8 Lafayette Press Release found on INNOV8lafayette.com/news