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Earth Day 2014: Philadelphia area activities

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How will you celebrate Earth Day 2014? April 22nd marks the 44th anniversary of recognition and respect for the environment. Earth Day was first held in 1970 as an environmental teach-in by Senator Gaylord Nelson who was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award in recognition of his work. Philadelphia was in tune on that first day in Fairmount Park with Senator Edmund Muskie, and certainly offers plenty of activities this year to encourage your participation.

Appreciating Earth Day, Philly-style

The largest Earth Day event in Philadelphia is the Earthfest Celebration on Saturday April 19th. Sponsored by CBS Radio Philadelphia in partnership with the Clean Air Council, it includes a 5K run and more at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Earthfest offers activities for all ages including a 3K walk for those who prefer to stroll, a Kids Fun Run, a half mile run and 250 yard dash, and, a 60 & Over Walk or Run. Day-of registration opens at 7:30a.m. The Clark Park Cleanup event, also on Saturday, runs from noon until 2:30 with an after-party sponsored by Great Lakes Brewing Company. Earth Day volunteer help is greatly appreciated for a variety of outdoor green tasks such as leaf raking, flower and tree planting, as well as, debris removal. The first 30 volunteers will receive gifts, which for those 21 and older include tokens good for 3 pints at the after-party.

Everything is green at the Constitutional Hall on Earth Day, as confirmed by name: “Everything’s Gone Green: The Story of Earth Day”. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., the main lobby includes a video series for visitors to learn the history of Earth Day, as well as, community partner stations, craft activity stations, recycled paper-making demonstrations, green quiz games and carbon footprints of our Founders Fathers Show. The Philadelphia Zoo’s, “Spring Fling, Party with your Planet”, begins celebrating the planet on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. with music and games, and all sorts of fun as the zoo staff and local environmental organizations show how you can save the environment that we share with animals around the world. Appreciate our earth, in all of its wonder, this Earth Day, and by your respectful actions, every day.