Earth Weekend 2012
Contact: Laura Rich Acosta, (912) 786-5787
"Earth Weekend" at Fort Pulaski
Savannah, GA - For over 40 years, Earth Day has served as an opportunity to showcase our Nation's care and concern for the environment and to emphasize the importance of conserving resources. Fort Pulaski National Monument will celebrate Earth Day 2012 with two days of activities on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22.
The weekend celebration will also serve as the kick-off the park's annual National Park Week event. National Park Week will run from Saturday, April 21 through Sunday, April 29. Admission fees to all national parks are waived throughout the week. Visitors can enjoy the beauty and wonder of Savannah's National Park for nine days for free.
Saturday, April 21
8:30 AM - Kayak Clean-Up
Fort Pulaski National Monument will host a kayak clean-up of the park's marshes and waterways with Clean Coast. Individuals with a kayak should simply report to the entrance of Fort Pulaski at 8:30 AM. Those without a kayak must register in advance for a kayak at www.cleancoast.org by clicking on the 'Trip Registration' link and then inputting their information, specifying the "Fort Pulaski" event.
3:30 PM - Marsh Trek
A guided exploration of the park's salt marsh will be led by educators from Tybee Island Marine Science Center. Participants will explore the marsh to discover and observe fiddler crabs, periwinkle snails, salt grasses, and more. All participants must wear sturdy, closed toe, closed heel shoes (such as sneakers or hiking boots). The marsh is muddy, and the use of insect repellant is recommended.
Sunday, April 22
2:00 PM Animal Encounter
An animal program will be offered by an educator from Oatland Island Wildlife Center. There will be a presentation about local fauna, and visitors will have an opportunity for an up close animal encounter. Fort Pulaski National Monument is located on U.S. Highway 80, 15 miles east of Savannah. For more information, please visit the website of Fort Pulaski National Monument at www.nps.gov/fopu or call (912) 786-5787. You can also follow the park on Twitter or like the official Fort Pulaski National Monument Facebook page.
Did You Know?
By 1860 Fort Pulaski's armament was still not completed and it was not yet garrisoned. As it turned out, before United States troops could occupy the fort, they had to conquer it. Fort Pulaski National Monument, Georgia