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Thank you to everyone who made our 26th Annual Earth Day Festival a great success!
Save the date for next year: Sunday, April 23, 2017


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A wide variety of items will be for sale during the festival such as handmade jewelry, energy efficient lighting, vegetable and native plants, bird houses and feeders, baked goods, alpaca products, books, handmade glass items, local honey, health/nutritional products, rain barrels, repurposed/upcycled items and art, and fair trade products. See "Vendors" tab for list of registered vendors.

Interactive Activities and Exhibits

Wind, Solar and Wastewater Facility Tours - First tour leaves at 10 a.m. Last shuttle at 3:15 p.m.  (Shuttle Near Big Tent)
Take a tour of New Jersey’s first commercial wind farm. Jitneys powered by compressed natural gas will shuttle participants from the Environmental Park in Egg Harbor Township to the wind farm and back. This tour also includes the ACUA Wastewater Treatment Plant, solar project and green roof located at the Atlantic City facility.  

Jungle John - 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (Recycling Center)
Meet “Wally Gator” the American alligator, “Larry” the boa constrictor and other “friends” at Jungle John’s Reptile Show! Jungle John presents an educational and fun show, including the animals mentioned above and about 10-12 others from the reptile and insect world (nothing dangerous or poisonous). During the show, the audience will have an opportunity to be “hands on” with the alligator or the snake.

Woodford Cedar Run - 2:15 p.m. (Recycling Center) 
See the Raptors and Reptiles Show. Observe each species' unique characteristics and learn about their habitats and adaptations for survival.

Middle Earth Studios - 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. (Grass Area)
Middle Earth Studios presents:  King Dayvon and the giant Pumpkin, This tale features knights armed with swords and shields, beautiful princesses (who also happen to be the kingdom’s finest gardeners), the dwarves and animals of the Lonely Mountain, and some wicked goblins from the Black Caves.  Come join this quest to recover a prized organic pumpkin stolen by the goblins.  Bring cameras because the most important people in the show - your children & friends - will want to re-live this experience.

Recycling Center Tours - all day (Recycling Center)
This sophisticated system of conveyors, magnets, eddy currents, optical sorting and manual quality control sorting is incredible! Come see how mixed recycling collected from Atlantic County residents, schools and businesses is processed and separated into valuable commodities to market. 

The Turtlesinger - all day (Recycling Center) 
An interactive program and where you will learn about, touch and feed live turtles.

Meet Supercan - all day  (Various Locations)
Meet and take photos with our favorite Mascot Supercan. 

Atlantic City Aquarium Touch Tank - all day (Outside Recycling Center)
Touch marine animals from the Atlantic City Aquarium

Free Seedlings Giveaway - all day (Around the Pond)
The ACUA will be giving out a mixed variety of free tree seedlings, as well as free seed packets.   

Wetlands Institute - all day (Recycling Center)   
A touch tank will be available. 

Touch a Truck - all day (Outside Recycling Center)
Get up close to one of ACUA's recycling trucks and learn how they work from one of our collection professionals. 

Bass Pro Shop  Fishing and Archery Challenge - all day (Grass Area)   

Atlantic County Livestock and Poultry Club Petting Zoo - all day (Garden) 
This club will showcase various farm animals for a petting zoo. 

Live Compost Demonstration - all day (Garden) 
Join the Atlantic County Master Composters for information on how easy it is to turn your food scrapes, leaves and grass into valuable soil.

Litter Hunt - all day
Download the app SeeClickFix on your phone. Find the “litter” we've hidden at the festival marked with a red x. Snap a photo of the litter and upload to SeeClickFix (Leave “litter” in its place; don’t worry we’ll clean it up later!) Report at least 5 pieces and be entered to win a prize!

William Clark's Recycled Art Sculptures - all day (Garden)
See impressive works of art made entirely from recycled scrap metal

Recycled Art Contest Artwork - all day (Recycling Center)
See the artwork submitted by area students and artists for our second annual Recycled Art Contest. Winners will be announced at 12 p.m.

Free Workshops 

A variety of workshops will take place throughout the day in our amphitheater located off the large pond. 

Native Plants for Pollinators - 11 a.m.
Speaker: Raven Ahmed, Earth First Natives
Pollinators need your help! Learn about some of the simple ways you can create food and habitat for butterflies, bees and other creatures who are actually some of our greatest allies. Native plants benefit not only these important 'pollinators'but also provide beautiful, low maintenance landscaping that can you time, water and money.

Permaculture - 12 p.m. 
Speaker: Jen Jennings, Certified Permaculture Designer, Remedi Earth
Looking for a way to improve your health, finances, and the environment? Join us as we cover the basics of permaculture and what it can do for you and your family, community and the planet.

The Life Cycle of Honeybees - 1 p.m.
Speaker: Gary Schempp, Busy Bees, NJ
Learn about the life cycle of honeybees: importance, identification, pollination, facts and fun. View an observation hive, learn about mankind's beneficial insect and enjoy a free tasting of pure, raw, wildflower honey!

How to Make a Rain Barrel - 2 p.m.
Speaker: Brigid Kane Miller, AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador
Stormwater in NJ causes flooding and pollutes our precious waterways. Minimize the amount of stormwater running off your property by installing a rain barrel. At this workshop, you'll learn how to conserve water and recycle the rain with a rain barrel. 

Music & Entertainment

Live Music with Steve Kuzma and Bunco - 10 a.m. to 11:15 p.m. (Food Court Stage)

Magic of Energy -  12 and 2 p.m. (Food Court Stage)
An exciting, skillful, comical exploration of renewable energy resources: Solar, Hydroelectric, Biomass, Geothermal and Wind Power. What about our trash? Garbage can not only be recycled, it can be converted to energy! The show use a series of comedy magic & circus tricks to explode everyone’s understanding of plasma generators, composting and conservation!

Valerie Vaughn - 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. (Food Court Stage)   
Also known as New Jersey's Troubadour, Valerie has a vast collection of original songs about the legends and lore of New Jersey. Her songs celebrate the spirit of people and places of the state. 

Awards Ceremonies

Recycle-Bowl Awards - 12 p.m. (Recycling Center)
Participants and winners of the 2015 Recycle-Bowl competition will be celebrated.

Recycle Art Contest Awards - 12:30 p.m. (Recycling Center)
Winners from our Recycled Art contest will be announced. 

Download the Earth Day Brochure


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Vendor Rules & Guidelines:
Set up begins at 7:00 am and must be complete by 9:00 am. 
• You will be directed to your space upon arrival. 
• Festival takes place RAIN or SHINE 
• NO VEHICLES in the festival area after 9:00 am. 
• If you require electric, please bring your own extension cord(s). 
• Breakdown is not permitted prior to 4 pm. 
• Space must be staffed at all times. 
• Vendors cannot sell or give away live animals. 
• Helium filled balloons are not permitted.  
• No flea market items. 
• No styrofoam products. 
• No smoking at your location. 
• Tents are allowed, however they must be weighted down. 
• Prices must be clearly marked on items being sold. 
• You will be asked to stop the sale or distribution of any items that do not meet ACUA Earth Day vendor criteria. 
• Exhibitors in violation of festival rules will be asked to leave the festival.  
• No refunds.

New for 2016:
• No plastic bags.

Confirmed Vendors for 2016:

3 Elephants
Absecon Green Team
Air Plant Artistry
All Season Solar
Alliance for a Living Ocean
American Littoral Society
Americorps Watershed Ambassador
Angels in the Pines Goat Farm
Animal Rights Activists of NJ, Inc.
Arc AnGels
Ash's Henna Tattoo s
Atlantic Audubon Society
Atlantic Cape Community College
Atlantic Cape Family Support
Atlantic City Aquarium
Atlantic City Electric
Atlantic Co. Emergency Mgmt.
Atlantic Co. Board of Chosen Freeholders
Atlantic County Historical Society
Atlantic Co. Intergenerational Svs
Atlantic County Library System
Atlantic Co. Livestock & Poultry Club 
Atlantic County/Rutgers Master Gardeners
Atlantic County Mosquito Control
Atlantic County Parks
Atlantic County Public Health
Atlantic Co. Superintendent of Elections
Atlantic Co. Surrogate’s Court
Atlantic County Veteran’s Museum
Bass Pro Shop
Bath Saver
Boy Scout Troop 94
BSA Troop 389
Busy Bees NJ
Calls Him Native American Crafts
Candles for St. Christopher
Cape Atlantic Soil Conservation Dist.
CASA of Atlantic/Cape May Counties
Center for Family Services
Citizens Climate Lobby
Coalition for Peace and Justice
Comfort Now, LLC
Community Food Bank of NJ
Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ
Created by Tricia
Division of Child Protection/Permanency
Earth First
Eastern Service Workers
Edwin B. Forsythe Wildlife Refuge
Edye’s Naturals
Egg Harbor Township PAL
Face Painting by Donna
Farmington Volunteer Fire Company
Flower Child Accessories
Food and Water Watch
Garden State Academy Preschool of  the Arts & Kindergarten
Gateway Head Start
Geoscape Solar
Girl Scout Troop 10526
Girl Scout Troop 10527
Granite Transformations
Great Egg Harbor Watershed Assoc.
Green Bean Bags
Green Life Energy Solutions
Green Planet Plants
Greyhound Friends of NJ
Hammonton Arts Center
Hoffman’s Exterminating
Home Depot
Humane Society of Atlantic County
I.M. Walrus Soaps
Int’l Academy of AC Charter School
Island Dog, Inc.
Jacques Cousteau Nat’l Estuarine Reserve
Jalma Farms
Jersey Shore Children’s Museum
Jersey Shore Family
Jersey Shore Gymnastics Academy
Kitchen Magic
Last Minute Entertainment
Lee, John
Leeds Ave. School Environmental Club
Marine Mammal Stranding Center
Mister Energy
Mother’s Club of Absecon & Galloway
New Day Family Success Center
NJ Department of Agriculture
NJ Electric Auto Association
NJ Forest Fire Service
Nora’s Art World
Northern Suds
Oceanside Family Success Center
Optimal Health Chiropractic
Organics Live
Pacific Soul
Perfect Air Concepts
Photos by Karina
Pinelands Preservation Alliance
Pisano Enterprise
Planet Earth Store
PNC Bank
Rae’s Bands
Ridgewood Gardens
Rosenberg, Darlene
RuthieLee Candle Co.
Sandy Shapes
Santora, Daniel
Sea Turtle Recovery
Shipwreck Iron
Shore Physician’s Group
Shriners Hospital
SJ Animal Advocates
SJ Coastal Fly Anglers
SJ Fair Trade Alliance
SJ Family Medical Centers, Inc.
SJ Federal Credit Union
SJ Land & Water Trust
Skyehawk Farms
Solar City
South Jersey Gas
South Shore Stitchers – Quilts of Valor Southern Counties Amateur Radio Association
Spruce Family Success Center
St. Francis Avian
Studio 2Sixty7
Sun Run
Sun Up Zero Down
Sungevity Inc.
Surfrider Foundation
Sustainable Downbeach
Sustainable Jersey
Tawes Creek Soap Co.
The Great Full Garden
The Humane League
The Insulation Group
The Jersey Jerry Broomsquire
The Network
The Vintage Vail
The Wetlands Institute
Trinity Solar
Village Super Markets - Shoprite
Vivint Solar
Walkers Natural
Water Pros/SJ Water
Weaver, Deedie
Woof Woof Meow Meow
Your Chiropractor

3 Guys Rolling Pies
AC&C Dogs
Brother Bear’s BBQ
Denny’s Dogs
Double Eagle Saloon
Grandma’s Cookies Company
Granny’s Kettle Korn
Jay’s Crabshack
JR Hot Dogs
Juli’s Pink Ice Cream
Kona Ice
Magilla Gorilla Sweet Treats
On the Go Café
Paige’s Italian Water Ice
Smokey’s World
The Empanada Guy
The Running Chef
We Scream for Ice Cream
Zizi's Vegan 2 Go

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Thank you to our 2016 sponsors! 

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Bronze Sponsors

Chavond-Barry Engineering
Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
Galloway Township Education Association
Mathis Construction
McCullough's Emerald Golf Links
Nehmad Perillo & Davis, P.C. 
Russell Reid
T&M Associates

Friends and Supporters

Amy S. Greene Environmental Consultants
Bayview Bearing & Supply, LLC
Busy Bees NJ
Caron Compactor Company
Cornerstone Environmental Group LLC
Edmunds & Associates, Inc.
Gabel Associates, Inc.
GWP Enterprises, Inc.
Industrial Furnace Co.
Insurance Buyer's Council
Lawson Products Co. 
LGL Limited
Lockwood’s Electric Motor Service Inc.
Louis P. Canuso, Inc.
M.A. Goloff & Company
Marks Environmental
National Vision Administrators 
NW Financial Group
PFM Asset Management, LLC
Polistina & Associates
Quad Construction Company
T.M. Fitzgerald
Village Supermarket - English Creek ShopRite
VOIP Networks

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