City encourages residents to nurture nature at Earth Day Expo

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

April 19, 2012 at 5:03 p.m.
Updated April 18, 2012 at 11:19 p.m.

A good planet is hard to find.

During the annual Earth Day Expo: Jungle Jubilee, the city of Victoria is encouraging residents to take care of the planet and make a positive impact this year.

"The whole reason is to celebrate a clean earth and teach people how to take care of it," said Marie Lester, of the Victoria Environmental Services Department.

In the decades since the first Earth Day celebration, April 22, 1970, the event has spread worldwide with thousands of events in more than 190 countries.

The celebration is not just for hippies anymore, Lester noted. It is for everybody.

This is Victoria's first to be open to the public. It was previously limited to area schools.

The event is an opportunity for residents to take an active role in their environment, Lester said.

The celebration is slated for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday at the Texas Zoo, 110 Memorial Drive. Admission for zoo members is free and $1 for nonmembers.

"It's not a lecture kind of day," Lester said. "It's a day to celebrate and to enjoy, look around at nature: A party for the planet."

The expo includes activities and bounce houses for children, entertainment, exhibits by area businesses including Berry Plastics, Dow and Invista, the Master Gardeners and Texas State Aquarium, as well as booths by the area wildlife refuge and Gardenville composting facility.

Singing zoologist Lucas Miller will perform of educational entertainment at 1:30 p.m. Museum of the Coastal Bend is offering atlatl throwing.

Attendees will learn about air quality, recycling, water conservation and other environmental topics.



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