ACUA Earth Day Festival
Sunday, April 21, 2013
10 am to 4 pm
Rain or Shine!
Haneman Environmental Park
6700 Delilah Road
Egg Harbor Twp, NJ 08234
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Watch the video! Earth Day 2012
Click here for a copy of the Earth Day entertainment guide
The Atlantic County Utilities Authority is looking forward to hosting the 23rd annual Earth Day Festival on April 21st. For the past 22 years, the ACUA has set aside a special day to bring our community together and celebrate our Earth.
The festival takes place rain or shine and historically draws a crowd of nearly 4,000 people of all ages who have one common goal: to have fun and help make a positive change for the future of our environment.
Take a look at some of the great things that will be happening on Sunday:
10:00 am - John Englander, author of "High Tide on Main Street" will talk about the impact of climate change on our coastal communities (followed by booksigning)
11:00 am – Dave Street, environmental entertainer & educator - original songs, stories and audience participation
12:00 pm – “You are What You Eat” - This fast-paced, interactive comedy explores the unusual eating habits of some aquatic animals. Students will learn what they would eat if they were fish, and what would be eating them!
1:00 pm – “Oceans are Talking” is a musical call-to-action performed by Sam Lardner to enlighten children and thier families about the most critical issues facing the world’s oceans.
2:00 pm – Dave Street
3:00 pm – “You Are What You Eat”
10:00 am - 4:00 pm – The Turtlesinger...touch and feed the turtles!
10:00 am - 4:00 pm - Wetlands Institute Terrapin Project and Touch Tank
12:00 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm – Cape May Park & Zoo Shows (2nd floor)
11:00 am - 3:00 pm – Recycling Center Tours (2nd floor) - See single-stream recycling in action!
Workshops/Atlantic City Electric Amphitheater
11:00 am Native Plants
Raven Ahmed, Earth First Nursery: Learn the benefits of planting native plants in the landscape and how to choose the appropriate plants to suit your garden’s conditions.
12:00 pm Rain Barrels
Lloyd Lomelino, Americorps Watershed Ambassador: Rain Barrels can help save water in the garden, and reduce the amount of stormwater flowing off of your property into sensitive coastal waters. Learn how to make your own rain barrel.
1:00 pm Home Composting
Atlantic County Master Composters: Learn how to compost in your own backyard by turning food scraps, leaves & grass into a valuable garden ‘soil’ that looks nice, feeds your plants & saves $$$!
2:00 pm EDIBL
Alexis Demitroff, Environmental Discourse on the Ingestion of Bugs: Learn about alternative diet options, the safe preparation of insects for consumption, open-mindedness, overcoming psychological aversions to insects, critiques of Western consumption norms, open discussions of cultural eating habits, insect nutrition facts, and the environmental impact of different food consumption habits.
3:00 pm Anne Dinshah, co-author of “Apples, Bean Dip and Carrot Cake: Kids! Teach Yourselves to Cook” Join Anne for a discussion about healthy delicious eating for everyone (kids and adults).
• 8:30 am – 1-Mile Fun Run - benefits American Heart Association
• 9:00 am – 5K Race - benefits American Heart Association
• 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – “Eco” Hayrides to the top of the landfill
• Jitney shuttle tours of ACUA Wind Farm & Solar Array
• 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – Franklin Institute Electricity display
• Build a wood craft with Home Depot (while supplies last)
• Pony rides - (fee charged)
• Over 100 exhibitors and crafters
• 4H Petting Zoo in the Geo Garden
• Valerie Vaughn in the food court
• Saharah Sam's Sambulance Safety Squad
• Donate clothing and shoes to Goodwill Industries
The success of this event would not be possible without community support, in particular, support from our business community which has shown tremendous enthusiasm for this festival. Your contributions assist us in providing effective educational programs, at no cost, to those who attend.
See who is helping to make Earth Day 2013 amazing! Our sponsors are listed here.
Please click here to print the sponsorship letter and form.
Or, click here to contribute online.
We appreciate your support!
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In order to maintain the quality experience that our visitors have come to expect, all items must be either: Handcrafted, Eco-friendly, Fair Trade, Educational, Health/Fitness related or a children’s activity. If you have a product that does not meet the listed criteria and feel that it would be beneficial to display at the festival, please complete the registration form and explain how your display fits in with the earth day message of a Sustainable Future.
In the spirit of the celebration, we ask that groups provide an educational display with a hands-on, interactive activity.
Click here to print the Vendor Letter and Registration Form. Or click here to register online.
Click here for a list of vendors participating in this year's Earth Day event!
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Click hereto see a list of participating food vendors
Food vendors must also complete the
Temporary and Special Event Retail Food Vendor Application and mail or fax to:
Atlantic County Department of Human Services
201 S. Shore Road
Northfield, NJ 08225
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For runners of all ages and levels, two races are being held; a one-mile fun run at 8:30 am, followed by the 5K race at 9:00 a.m. Register by April 19th for the discounted fee of $10 per person and $20 per family (limit six entries). 5K race prizes are awarded following the finish of the run. The first 100 registrants will receive a reusable stainless steel water bottle and a coupon for $5 off an Earth Day t-shirt or hat.
All proceeds from the race benefit the American Heart Association.
Call 609-272-6911 for race details.
Click here to print the registration form.
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Live entertainment will be ongoing throughout the day at various locations and don’t miss the free educational workshops at the amphitheater. Many groups have already confirmed - click here to see which performers have been confirmed..
One highlight for this year will be a performance of Oceans are Talking by Sam Lardner. Ohter returning favorites include the Cape May County Park and Zoo, the Turtlesinger, and the 4-H Petting Zoo.
Visitors will be able to tour the Jersey-Atlantic Wind Farm, waste water treatment facility and the solar project in Atlantic City. The Eco-Hayride tour of the Environmental Park takes visitors to the top of the landfill and is always a perennial favorite. Supercan, ACUA’s mascot, will also be available for pictures.
Check back often - more information on entertainment will be added as it is scheduled!
Or follow our social media sites for updates.
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Thanks to everyone who helped make Earth Day 2012 a success!