2010 Earth Day Events: Part 1

By Brooke Drake, April 15, 2010, Charity & Community

For those of you who may not know, Earth Day is celebrating its 40th year! To be honest, I had no idea this day has been around for so long but am happy to know that people have been celebrating it for many years.

Earth Day provides an opportunity for individuals, corporations and governments to join together with a focus to create a green global economy. Just this year, more than one billion people in 190 countries are taking action for Earth Day (who knew?)!  So, if you are interested in joining the efforts, here are some events happening around town.

Houston Area
Earth Day – Jazz in the Park with Bill Evans
April 22, 6 p.m., Miller Outdoor Theater. Da Camera of Houston, Waste Management, and Whole Foods Market present Earth Day Jazz in the Park featuring the University of Houston Jazz Orchestra with special guest saxophonist Bill Evans and student jazz ensembles from around the Bayou City.

Earth Day at Houston Zoo
April 24 and 25, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Celebrate Mother Earth and learn what you can do to protect the planet at Waste Management Earth Day at the Houston Zoo.  Activities include a Recycling Relay Race, and environmental maze, and their re-usable giant coloring mural. Also be sure to check out their Naturally Wild Swap Shop (April 24-25 only) where you can bring items you have found in nature and swap them for natural items in their collection. All Earth Day activities are included in your regular Zoo admission.

Celebrate at the Arboretum – the greenest place in town!
April 17, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Crawfish, turtles and other wetland creatures will be the guests of honor at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center’s free annual Earth Day celebration. There will be activities for the whole family including a trail puzzle hike, children’s “Crawfish Crawl” and “Race to Recycle”, carnival games, face-painting, kids’ zip line, hayrides ($2 per person) and more.

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