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Asbury Woods Celebrates Earth Day with Month-Long Programming to Inspire Action

Posted on March 19th, 2019 at 7:16 AM
Asbury Woods Celebrates Earth Day with Month-Long Programming to Inspire Action

Asbury Woods dedicates the month of April to celebrate Earth Day. Public programs include lectures, family-friendly activities and volunteer opportunities scheduled throughout the month of April.

On April 22, people across the globe will celebrate the 49th annual Earth Day.  Recognized as the start of the modern environmental movement, the first Earth Day was organized in 1970 by then U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin.  He was spurred to action in creating a national day to focus on the environment after witnessing the damage caused by an oil spill in Santa Barbara, CA in 1969.  An estimated 20 million Americans took part in Earth Day rallies across the nation on April 22, 1970, bringing together various groups who shared common value of a healthy, sustainable environment.  By the end of 1970, those Earth Day messages had resonated across the political spectrums and led to the formation of the Environmental Protection Agency and passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts. 

Today Earth Day is a global day of celebration and action observed by more than a billion people around the world.  It’s a day of action that changes human behavior to positively benefit the environment.

“At Asbury Woods, environmental education, awareness and sustainability is a core part of our mission.  We strive to observe Earth Day everyday through our programs, practices and organizational values,” says Jennifer Farrar, Asbury Woods Executive Director. “This year we’ve added an additional focus to bring awareness to Earth Day, conservation and sustainable living with an entire month of programs.  All throughout the month of April, you’ll find programs at Asbury Woods which help you as an individual or a family make changes that are environmentally friendly.  Sustainable living begins with each of us and Asbury Woods is pleased to offer educational and awareness programs to help us take meaningful, personal action to support environmental sustainability.”

To learn more about the programs offered during the month of April visit: http://www.asburywoods.org/news/earthday

ABOUT ASBURY WOODS

The mission of Asbury Woods is to provide all members of the community with meaningful environmental, educational and recreational experiences that inspire a greater sense of environmental awareness, sustainability and stewardship.

Asbury Woods achieves this mission through a diverse array of educational, environmental and recreational programming for schools, community groups, families and individuals of all ages.  In addition, they manage and maintain 205 acres of preserved property which includes native species, old-growth forests, landscaped gardens, wetlands, boardwalk trails and dirt trails.

The Andrew J. Conner Nature Center at Asbury Woods is the cornerstone of the educational programming, providing animal exhibits, a touch-and-learn Discovery Classroom and free public access.  The Brown’s Farm Barn located on Sterrettania Road provides additional programming space for summer camps, school visits and community programs.  The Greenway Trail at Asbury Woods consists of adjacent tracts of land which provides a network of trails connecting Browns Farm and the Nature Center.  The Greenway Trail provides ample recreational opportunities for hiking, running, biking, skiing, snowshoeing and wading in Walnut Creek.  Trail users will find peaceful spots to rest and relax to take in the serene vistas.

Asbury Woods is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is made possible by funding from program and service fees, grants, special events and generous donations from members and patrons. Annually, Asbury Woods positively impacts more than 71,000 people who use the trails, attend festivals or participate in education and community outreach programs.