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Public Invited to Celebrate Earth Day at Death Valley NP

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Date: April 9, 2012

On Thursday, April 19, 2012, Death Valley National Park will celebrate Earth Day with a variety of earth-friendly events and projects.Through partnerships with local companies and public agencies, Death Valley National Park will host the first annual Earth Day Fair at the newly remodeled Furnace Creek Visitor Center from 1:00-4:00pm.Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about what Death Valley and its surrounding neighbors are doing to help the environment through activities, interpretive programs and displays sponsored by local companies and park partners. Highlights will include an appearance by Smokey Bear from the US Forest Service, and a film produced by the Death Valley Academy will debut.

Also on April 19th, park employees will participate in several Earth Day restoration projects throughout Death Valley National Park. At Scotty's Castle, employees will work to remove non-native and invasive palm trees to encourage growth of native plants and support habitat for local wildlife.Along Badwater road, employees will focus on removing tire tracks where vehicles have driven off road into the Wilderness causing environmental degradation.

On Friday, April 20th, park partner Xanterra Parks and Resorts will host an Earth Day Celebration at the Furnace Creek Ranch from 4:00-9:00pm.Visitors can enjoy sustainable food, activities for children, face painting, and live music from the Ragtime Rebels Marimba Band from University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

For more information, call 760-786-3207.

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