April 17, 2014
Contact: Kipton Walton
Join in the celebration of Earth Day and National Park Week with the annual Green Gary event on Saturday, April 26, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at both the Paul H. Douglas Center and Marquette Park in Gary, Indiana. This free event features lots of family-friendly activities and is presented in a partnership between the National Park Service, the Gary Parks Department and Gary Department of Green Urbanism/MS4.
Activities at this year’s event feature the interrelationship between people and the earth, with a focus on what we can do to keep the earth and ourselves healthy. Over 20 different organizations will be on hand throughout the day between the two locations to share activities, information, and environmental awareness. The event kicks off with an inspirational presentation by Junior Ranger Aida Frey who has visited 163 national parks in three years. Other speakers include: Connie Kann of Gary on the value in protecting this beautiful planet; Dan Godston of Borderbend Arts with an interactive presentation on the extinct Passenger Pigeon; and Kathy Sipple of 219 Green Connect sharing tips on worm composting for your garden.
With two locations, there will be plenty of activities for all ages and interests. At Marquette Park, join Audrey Fischer, founder of the Dark Skies Initiative, to learn about the night sky and what you can do to combat light pollution. There will be lots of family-fun in the Lake County Solid Waste Management District’s “Enviromobile.” Learn more about the nearby parks with the South Shore Convention & Visitors Authority. You can even join in an Adopt-A-Beach clean-up with the Charter School of the Dunes.
With a focus on health, a park ranger will lead a fun, but challenging, three-mile hike along the new trail through the dunes that runs from Marquette Park to the Douglas Center. Meet the ranger at Marquette Park at 10:15 a.m. to join this hike and see one of the rarest habitats in North America, the black oak savanna.
At the Douglas Center, let the kids enjoy the Nature Play Zone, a place where they can explore the outdoors safely and on their own terms. Families will receive a free water bottle and a set of Nature Play cards when they visit the play area.
The parking and shuttle bus are free. The shuttle will run between the Douglas Center and Marquette Park every 20 minutes. The last shuttle run is at 3:15 p.m. The Douglas Center is located at 100 North Lake Street in the Miller section of Gary, Indiana. For more information on this program and others, contact Kip Walton at 219-395-1858 or by email at:Kipton_Walton@nps.gov.
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is part of the National Park System. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.