Earth Day at The Gardens
April 23, 2016
Admission is free!
Earth Day at The Gardens returns on April 23, 2016 from 11 – 4 p.m. in Blount Plaza.
This year, the annual celebration will celebrate The Gardens’ Moon Tree, which grows just above Blount Plaza.. Planted in 1976 after traveling to space as a seed aboard Apollo 14 to test the effects of weightlessness on germination, the Moon Tree now stands 80-feet tall. The Gardens will have a hands-on display about the dispersal method of the sycamore seed, which floats on the wind like tiny parachutes. Beneath the Moon Tree, children will be able to make their own hand-held parachutes from coffee filters. On display will be seedlings from The Gardens’ Centennial Tree Program, grown from local seed sources of native trees for replanting Birmingham’s parks, waterways and tornado-damaged areas.
Earth Day at The Gardens takes place from 11-4 p.m., and it will include exhibitor booths, local vendors, free activities and live music from Tommy Ellison.
Live diamondback terrapins will be a featured in the Orientation Room next to Blount Plaza from noon to 2 p.m., presented by biology professor, Dr. Ken Marion. He will discuss how scientists are raising terrapins at the turtle hatchery at UAB and releasing them back into their natural habitat in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta — to keep the terrapins off the endangered species list. Children’s author and storyteller, Claire Datnow of Media Mint Publishing, will share her adventures while doing research for Operation Terrapin Rescue, book seven of her eco-mystery series, The Adventures of The Sizzling Six. Her presentations will be from 1:30 to 2 p.m. and again from 2 to 2:30 p.m.
City of Birmingham Parks & Recreation, Fresh Air Family, Jefferson County Storm Water Management, Little Red Photo booth, Winfield & Elinor Burks, GASP (clean air), Wild South, Jefferson County Master Gardeners, Media Mint Publishing and Birmingham Henna will serve as partners and vendors for the event.
The event is free to the public!
Is your organization interested in being a part of Earth Day at The Gardens?
Learn more about how to become an exhibitor or vendor and complete the application form today.
Request exhibitor information from Volunteer Coordinator Taylor Steele at email@example.com.
Volunteer at Earth Day at The Gardens!
Interested in being a part of Earth Day at The Gardens? While it's free and open to the public, Earth Day is made possible due to hours of behind the scenes work from staff and volunteers. We have many positions ranging from set-up to hospitality to assisting exhibitors. To learn more about the opportunities, contact Taylor Steele, volunteer coordinator, at 205.414.3962 or firstname.lastname@example.org.