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For Release: Monday, April 23, 2012

Commemoration Of Earth Day In Watertown On April 30

Information for All Ages at the Dulles State Office Building Lobby, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

An Earth Day celebration is scheduled for Monday, April 30 in Watertown at the Dulles State Office Building, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Regional Director Judy Drabicki announced today. This commemoration of Earth Day's 42nd Anniversary will be from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the lobby with exhibits, activities, presentations and information for all ages.

"There will be 20 exhibits, including giveaway items, activities for students, educational lessons and Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl will be greeting young people," Director Drabicki said. "One theme for the day is 'Partners Working to Protect Our Environment'. DEC employees will explain how our agency is protecting the environment. Other agencies and organizations will explain the important work they do in fun and interactive ways."

Highlights of activities and exhibits include:

  • Forestry Division -- giving away free tree seedlings, information on invasive species
  • Woodsy Owl and Smokey Bear -- will be on hand
  • Air Quality Division -- information on improving the air, burning barrel demonstration and light bulb energy use
  • Fisheries Unit -- live fish, demonstration of fish netting
  • Wildlife Unit -- live and mounted animals
  • Solid Waste - Button making and information on recycling
  • Spills Unit - Exhibit on how gasoline and oil spills get cleaned up
  • Hands on activity by NYS Parks Minna Anthony Common Nature Center
  • Development Authority of the North Country - Importance of the 3 "R"s
  • New York State Department of Transportation will have information about its environmental and landscape initiatives in road construction
  • The Thompson Park, New York State Zoo, will be on hand with live animals.
  • Environmental Conservation Police Officers, Mining, Surveying, Fort Drum Office of Natural Resources, Save the River, Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust, Tug Hill Commission and The Nature Conservancy will all be there with important information.

The Earth Day celebration is free and open to the public. Schools and students are welcome to visit and girl and boy scout leaders are encouraged to line up a field trip to visit the displays and speak with staff who are involved with protecting the environment. For more information, contact Stephen Litwhiler at 315-785-2252.

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