Friday, April 18, 2008

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Family Friendly: Kids Celebrate Earth Day
Wetland Prairie Plants Seeds Of Conservation
By Becca Bacon Martin
The Morning News

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Children might not understand the greater meaning of Earth Day - how it was born in the 1960s to boost awareness of the environment and the industrial, social and political dangers attacking it or how the overwhelming response illustrated to "the political leadership of the nation that there was broad and deep support for the environmental movement," as founder Gaylord Nelson says.

But kids like animals, dirt, bugs and planting things, and they can enjoy all of that and more Sunday when the Fayetteville Town Branch Neighborhood and the Omni Center for Peace, Justice & Ecology play host to the fourth Earth Day Celebration at the World Peace Wetland Prairie in south Fayetteville.

From 1 to 5 p.m., the nature park and natural rain garden will be featured in nature walks led by local biologists and nature enthusiasts; small trees and flowering plants will be available for adoption; and there will be music, with "environmentally friendly songs and poems especially welcome," according to spokesman Aubrey Shepherd.

"Bird-watchers are encouraged to come at dawn or stay until dark (and) bring a camera or video recorder," Shepherd says. "Nice photo opportunities are likely."

The theme for 2008 is "Keep the Water Where it Falls, Maintain the Habitat."

Updated information on plans for Earth Day activities at 1121 S. Duncan Ave. in Fayetteville may be found at

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