The 24th annual Earth Day will provide a bounty of ways to celebrate nature and conservation.

*The Atlantic City Alliance and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority will unveil a digitally-created mural on the façade of Boardwalk Hall’s West Hall at 11 a.m.

The 27 panel mural, each one 25-feet by 35-feet, wraps around West Hall toward Florida and Pacific avenues and stretches nearly 700 feet.

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A combination of hand-drawn and digital sketches make up the celebration of the city’s natural beauty.

* At 12:30 p.m. there will be a protest at Beesley’s Point Beach, Harbor Road, Marmora to support the Pinelands Commission’s rejection of the South Jersey Gas pipeline and call for the closing of the BL England Plant.

The protest will include officials from a number of environmental organizations and will highlight the water pollution and fish kills that result of the plant’s once through cooling system.

*The Atlantic County Utilities Authority, along with Atlantic City Electric and South Jersey Gas, will host a festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday April 27 at the Environmental Park on Delilah Road in Egg Harbor Township.

The celebration will be held rain or shine.

The event includes live demonstrations, environmental-themed entertainment, 16 different environmental organizations, workshops and more than 150 exhibitors.

This year will also feature a 5k color run, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Runners will travel through bursts of colored cornstarch. Registration is $20 per person and children under 5 are free.

To register visit or call 272-6911. All proceeds from the race benefit South Jersey Field of Dreams.

Other entertainment includes:

Free Workshops

11:00 a.m. - Entomophagy Alexis Demitroff, Environmental Discourse on the Ingestion of Bugs League (EDIBL)

12:00 p.m. - Why go native? Jesse Connor of the Southeastern Chapter of the Native Plant Society

1:00 p.m. - Earth-friendly Eating: A Delicious Discussion Anne Dinshah coauthor of “Apples, Bean Dip, and Carrot Cake: Kids! Teach Yourself to Cook.”

2:00 p.m. - Worm Composting: Learn how to raise worms and create compost.

3:00 p.m. - Rain Barrel Construction with Morgyn Ellis, NJ Americorps Watershed Ambassador. Learn how easy it is to make your own rain barrel.

*Cape May County Park and Zoo Shows

Presenters will show off cold-blooded creatures. Zoo shows are 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. in the Recycling Center.

*Earth Day Wood Craft with Home Depot

Join Home Depot and make your own nature wood craft (while supplies last.)

*Ride on a “Green” Jitney and tour the Wind Farm

The Atlantic City Jitney Association will provide shuttles to the Wind Farm in Atlantic City for tours in their compressed natural gas vehicles from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. In addition, tours of the Wastewater Treatment Facility and solar project will be available.

*Eco Hayrides

Eco Hayride tours will take visitors to the top of the landfill for panoramic views of the area, including Atlantic City.

*Other activities and demonstrations include:

- Play “Are You Greener Than A 6th Grader?” with the Catawba Project;

- Be part of a life-size board game that teaches children about natural disasters with the Mental Health Association in Atlantic County;

- Play earth friendly games with Oakcrest High School’s Student Environmental Association;

- Meet animals from the 4-H Livestock Club, Oak Hill Alpacas, Woodford Cedar Run, Angels in the Pines Goat Farm and turtles with the Turtlesinger;

- Make a craft with The Jersey Shore Children’s Museum and Absegami High School’s Earth Shepherd’s;

- Try your hand at carding wool or weaving fabric on a loom with Historic Cold Spring Village; and

- Learn how to make a broom with the Jersey Jerry Broomsquire

*Live Entertainment

Stage 1 – Food Court

11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. – Valerie Vaughn  – Tuckerton’s talented environmental singer

Noon – Woodford Cedar Run – raptors and reptiles presentation

12:30 p.m. – Recycle-Bowl Awards – honoring the 2013 Recycle-Bowl school participants

2:00 p.m. – Bash the Trash – making music from instruments made from recycled materials

Stage 2 – Playground

10:30 a.m. and 2:30 pm - Karen Kamenetsky – songs with focus on the environment

11:00 a.m. and 1:30 pm - Bill Kerwood’s Magic of Recycling – combines comedy and magic to entertain and motivate people to recycle

12:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – “At the Refuge” Puppet Show – starring Tommy the bald eagle & Bunny the deer

12:30 p.m.– Bash the Trash

Recycling Center

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – The Turtlesinger – live turtle presentations on the second floor.

12:00 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. – Cape May Park and Zoo Shows

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Recycling Center Tours - see single-stream recycling in action

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Wetlands Institute touch tank


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