For Release: Thursday, April 11, 2013
Commemoration of Earth Day in Watertown on April 20
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 Saturday, April 20 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 43rd 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 and educational lessons. Smokey Bear and Woodsy Owl will greet young people," Director Drabicki said. "One theme for the day is 'Partners Working to Protect Our Environment.' DEC employees will explain how our agency protects 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
- 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
- Development Authority of the North Country - importance of the 3 "R"s
- Westy's Birds of Prey
- Environmental Conservation Police Officers, Great Lakes Unit, Surveying, Save the River, Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust, Master Gardeners and The Indian River Lakes Conservancy will all be there with important information.
The Earth Day celebration is free and open to the public. The parking garage is open for this event. Families are encouraged 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.