Celebrate Earth Day April 21

April 10, 2012

The Oregon Coast Aquarium will celebrate Earth Day Saturday, April 21 with a variety of earth-friendly activities and exhibitors. The event will include children’s crafts, face painting and information booths offering information on animals, invasive species and native plants. Visitors can enjoy organic snacks, green powered smoothies and free tree saplings. The event is free with the price of admission from 10 am to 4 pm.

Exhibitors for Earth Day will spotlight their best and most earth-friendly products. Rooster Plow Farms will offer their popular Goat Milk Soap as well as assorted vinegars, jams and jellies. Lincoln County Master Gardeners will present information about composting and green gardening. Calise Soapworks will be offering soaps, candles and lip balm.  There will be a variety of green snacks to enjoy, including samples of organic hummus, salsas, smoothies, vegetarian samples and homemade treats from Depoe Baykery. Thompson’s Sanitary will provide information about recycling and proper disposal of household products. The Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation District will share ideas for ocean-friendly gardening and native plants. There will also be information about smart pet choices and invasive animal species.

This year’s Earth Day theme, “Together We Can,” is about individuals coming together and collectively making the world a better place, according to Carmen Morgan, Aquarium Volunteer Services Manager and event organizer.  “We hope to emphasize our conservation message in a fun and meaningful way,” said Morgan.  “Supporting sustainable practices is one of the simplest and healthiest ways we can, as individuals, make a difference.” Morgan said the entire Aquarium staff is committed to sustainable practices and they want to share what they do and encourage others to do the same.

Some of the Aquarium’s practices include collecting rainwater when possible for use in exhibits, recycling, turning off lights when not in use, turning off computers at night, composting food waste and using it on the grounds as soil, natural landscaping, saving paper by not printing out emails or other documents when possible, utilizing reusable plates and tableware, planting trees and conducting an energy audit to improve on energy usage.