Earth Day activities

April 19, 1996

Monday is Earth Day, the annual observance of the planet's natural bounty and of the need to safeguard it.

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, grew from public fear that pollution was choking the nation's air and streams. Millions of Americans turned out for teach-ins and demonstrations, and the environmental movement got its start.

Earth Day has since become more diverse and, well, down-to-earth. No nationwide single observance is held. Hundreds of groups organize stream cleanups, tree plantings, environmental exhibits and other events. Here is a sampling of activities and numbers to call for information:

FRIDAY-MONDAY

March for Parks: Thirty-five marches are planned statewide to raise money for local, state and national parks. Proceeds will be spent on tree plantings, property acquisition, trail maintenance and educational materials. Information: 1 (800) 628-7275 ext. 236.

TOMORROW

Annapolis: Greenscape 1996, a community beautification program run by the Annapolis Recreation and Parks Department. Volunteers from 24 neighborhoods and civic groups clean up and plant vegetation. Information: 410-263-7958.

Gwynns Falls: Corporate volunteers with United Way of Maryland and Tree-Mendous Maryland, a state tree-planting program, will clean the Gwynns Falls and plant trees and shrubs. Information: 974-3776.

Gunpowder: Gunpowder Falls State Park cleanup, co-sponsored by the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy and Maryland Save Our Streams. Information: Call 410-592-2897.

Havre de Grace: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Environmental exhibits and skipjack races are planned for an Earth Day festival along the promenade, sponsored by Harford County Office of Tourism. Information: 410-638-3339.

SUNDAY

Owings Mills: Tours of the Wild Acres trail at Gwynnbrook Wildlife Management Area and advice on backyard wildlife habitat will be offered from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Information: 410-879-4500 ext. 4557. Essex: Walnut Grove Neighborhood Association and Save Our Streams will join to clean a stream near Deep Creek Middle School at 10 a.m. Information: 410-969-0141.

MONDAY

Annapolis: An open house is planned at the Environmental Protection Agency's Chesapeake research laboratory, featuring tours, demonstrations and a poster contest. Information: 410-573-2619.

Fort Meade: A recycling demonstration, environmental exhibits and a pine tree seedling giveaway are planned at the post exchange. Information: 301-677-9648.

TUESDAY

Sun Day, a national observance to support renewable energy, is planned. Information: 301-270-2258.

APRIL 27

Baltimore: Urban Earth Day, with speeches, and workshops on environmental issues affecting city residents, will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Walbrook Senior High School. Information: 377-1219.

APRIL 28

Takoma Park: Earth Alive Expo, from 10 am to 6 pm, will feature crafts, artists, environmentally conscious businesses, and environmental group exhibits, in Oldtown. Information: 301-270-4821.

Pub Date: 4/19/96

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