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Best Ways To Celebrate Earth Day 2013 In Baltimore

Earth Day, which is celebrated in April, was the brainchild of former Wisconsin Senator Gaylor Nelson. In 1970, the revolutionary voices of hippies, flower children and anti-war protesters were being heard throughout America. Nelson, who was inspired by the anti-war movement decided to try to transfer the fervor of those protests to an environmental consciousness. Senator Nelson announced his idea to the national media, stating the observance would be a "national teach-in on the environment." Nelson convinced Pete McCloskey, a Republican Congressman with an interest in conservation, to serve as co-chair; and Denis Hayes, national coordinator. Hayes put a network of national staff of 85 together to promote events around the country. Baltimore has an active conservation-minded community and there are a number of Earth Day events being held in the area.

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Baltimore Green Week

Baltimore Green Week
Baltimore Green Works

P.O. Box 66088
Baltimore, Md. 21239
410-657-2BGW (2249)

Baltimore Green Week, April 19-27, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Sponsored by Baltimore Green Works and the Whole Foods Market, the week-long event features everything from educational programs to outdoor activities. Baltimore Green Works in a nonprofit organization that provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and concerns related to the environment. Throughout the year, the organization sponsors a speaker series, educational workshops and other events. Last year, Baltimore Green Week drew about 5,000 participants. Activities scheduled this year include an April 20 canoe trip , among others. For a complete listing of events, visit the website.

Druid Hill Park

EcoFest in Druid Hill Park
3100 Swan Drive
Baltimore, Md. 21217
410-657-2BGW (2249)

From 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 27, the 10th annual Ecofest at Druid Hill Park features outdoor live music, local beer and wine sampling and about 100 area vendors who will be selling home and garden products. The event caps off Baltimore Green Week festivities. There will be free workshops at the Howard P. Rawlings Conservatory. A Ride Around the Reservoir will also be held. Children will enjoy visiting the Carrie Murray Nature Center to learn about birds and reptiles.

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Maryland Science Center Earth Day
601 Light Street
Baltimore, Md. 21230
(410) 685-2370

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 22 at the Maryland Science Center, children and adults will have a chance to learn about the Earth and how to preserve its natural beauty. There will be a recycling relay race held. Learn about wind turbines and explore the center's green roof. There will by polymer recycling programs in Terralink. All activities are free with paid admission.

Anacostia Watershed Society

Earth Day Cleanup
Anacostia Watershed Society

4302 Baltimore Avenue
Bladensburg, Md. 20710
(301) 699-6204

The annual Earth Day Cleanup at the Anacostia River Watershed is scheduled for 9 a.m., to noon, Saturday, April 20, at about 20 locations around Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland and in the Washington, D.C., area. Volunteers will be treated to free food and drink compliments of the Seafarers Yacht Club, who co-sponsors the event. A post-cleanup party will be held at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park, following the cleanup work. Registration is required.

Salisbury Zoo

Salisbury Zoo Earth Day
755 S. Park Drive
Salisbury, Md. 21802
(410) 548-3188

Earth Day at the Salisbury Zoo is free and open to all. Held from 9 a.m., to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 20, the celebration provides visitors with informative programs about wildlife's role in the environment. There will be presentations by zookeepers, demonstration, face-painting, games and environmental activities. There will be 20 exhibitors on the grounds, including Blackwater Wildlife Refuge, the National Aquarium, Ward Museum and the Delmarva Discovery Center.

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