Fairfax County Celebrates Earth Day/Arbor Day


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010

April 21, 2006

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Fairfax County Celebrates Earth Day/Arbor Day

Animals, recycling and tree planting will all be part of Fairfax County’s annual celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day.

Earth Day Celebration – Saturday, April 29
The highlight of this year’s event at the Annandale Campus of Northern Virginia Community College is an appearance by Jack Hanna, director emeritus of the Columbus, Ohio, zoo and host of the nationally syndicated “Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures.” The author of seven books, including “Wild About Babies,” Hanna is a frequent guest on the “Late Show with David Letterman” and “Good Morning America.” Hanna and his animals are scheduled for a one-hour presentation at 11:30 a.m., followed by a question-and-answer session. He will sign autographs before his program.

This event, which will be held at the Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. is sponsored by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors along with the Clean Fairfax Council and Northern Virginia Community College. This free event marks the 35th anniversary of the Earth Day celebration and the annual observance of Arbor Day.

The Fairfax County Division of Solid Waste Collection and Recycling also will offer computer and rechargeable battery recycling at the event. An awards ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. on the main stage to present the Fairfax County Business Recycling Awards and the Friends of Trees Awards.

The family-friendly celebration also will feature a mobile aquarium, petting zoo, climbing wall, scavenger hunts, and performances by BackPack Puppets, Billy B, Glee Mania, Learning Safari and Tanka Tales. In addition, children can build a ladybug house, enjoy face painting and get a close look at reptiles and amphibians commonly found in the back yard.

For more information, contact Rosemary Byrne at 703-324-5471, TTY 711, or visit the county’s Web site at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/recycling/announce.htm#earthday.

Earth Day Tree Planting Event – Sunday, April 23
Residents, businesses and organizations are invited to help keep Fairfax County green by planting 400 native trees and shrubs in celebration of Earth Day. This planting event is part of the Riparian Restoration Program coordinated in partnership with the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, the Fairfax County Park Authority and Earth Sangha to restore degraded streambanks and floodplain forests. Information about the restoration program is available at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/stormwater/riparianbuffer/.

The event will be held Sunday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Roundtree Park, 3411 Casilear Road, Falls Church. To register for the event, contact Krystal Kearns at 703-324-5821, TTY 711 or at krystal.kearns@fairfaxcounty.gov or Lisa Bright at 703-764-4830, TTY 711 or at lbright@earthsangha.org. Directions to Roundtree Park are available at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/maps/roundtreeparkmap.htm and will be e-mailed upon registration.

These Earth Day and Arbor Day celebrations support the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors’ environmental goals, which were adopted by the board to foster a sustainable and vibrant living environment both now and in the future. They also reflect the county’s focus on practicing environmental stewardship, one of the county’s seven vision elements.

 

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