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Contact: Blanca Alvarez Stransky, 419-285-2184
Celebrate the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day on Saturday, April 21, at Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial by getting up close and personal with native snakes, attending a Junior Ranger Jamboree, creating a watershed model and invasive species art, or taking part in the ranger's field games. All activities are free to the public.
Events begin at 10 a.m. with a "Garlic Mustard Pull" at the Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center, which is sponsored by the Lake Erie Islands Chapter of the Black Swamp Conservancy, said Superintendent Stransky."This service learning opportunity provides an opportunity for people of all ages to get involved, make a difference on the island, and learn skills that can help protect their own local ecosystems", added Stransky.
Throughout the day programs will focus on the importance of Lake Erie, its health, and recent efforts with the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to help keep the Great Lakes great. Since 2010 park staff have partnered with parks throughout the Great Lakes to increase environmental awareness, tell tales of Great Lakes successes, and to provide information on upcoming challenges.
At 1 p.m., the National Park Service will host a Junior Ranger Jamboree in the Visitor Center auditorium. Children ages 5-12 will dress up as Park Rangers and learn about the jobs Rangers do in the National Park Service. Afterwards, all Jamboree participants will take the Junior Ranger Oath and be given Junior Ranger badges.
To wrap up the day, visitors will be encouraged to get fit with Park Rangers by participating in field games from sack races to invasive species-themed bean-bag tosses. These field games start at 2 p.m. and continue until 4 p.m.
For more information, please call Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial at 419-285-2184 or visit www.nps.gov/pevi.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
10 a.m. Visitor Center and Hands-On Booths Open
10 a.m.Garlic Mustard Pull at Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center
(Garlic Mustard Pull participants meet at the Nature and Wildlife Center)
11 a.m. Visitor Center Craft Activities open (Crafts remain open until 4 p.m.)
Noon Interpretive Program on "Lake Fever & the Battle of Lake Erie" in the Visitor Center auditorium
1 p.m. Junior Ranger Jamboree in the Visitor Center auditorium
2 p.m. Ranger Field Games Open
4 p.m. All Events Close