Earth Day Festival at
The California Academy of Sciences
April 20-21, 2002

SAN FRANCISCO (March 1, 2002) - Protect our home! Celebrate the 32nd annual Earth Day with eco-friendly flair - join the Academy for two fun-filled days dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of our planet. Get inspired by Stanford's award-winning solar powered car, or get started on the right track by winning a new bicycle. If you already have your own pollution-free wheels, ride them to the Academy's Earth Day Festival. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will provide complimentary, secure bike parking, and all cyclists and bus riders will receive free admission to the museum!

Non-profit environmental organizations from around the Bay Area will be on hand to share fun new ways to protect our planet. Groove to the beat of homemade, recycled percussion instruments, while reptiles, falcons, bats and a lynx liven up the Academy's halls. Use recycled materials to create an artistic masterpiece, or watch a pair of master jugglers teach environmental lessons while they toss around the Earth, Sun and Moon.

For more information, see the Earth Day weekend schedule below. All activities and programs are free with museum admission.

Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21
All Day: Interact with live animals! Meet an all-star cast of reptiles, amphibians, birds of prey, and a throng of arthropods. Naturalists will help visitors learn more about their wild neighbors all weekend long.
All Day: Race with the sun! Watch Stanford's award-winning solar powered car in action.
All Day: Win new wheels - enter our drawing for free bicycles and gift certificates to bike shops.
All Day: Explore the art of creative re-use with S.C.R.A.P., the Scroungers Center for Recycled Art Projects. Make and take home your very own eco-friendly masterpiece.

10:30 am: Family Story Time. Join Academy librarians for planet-protecting stories, and start your Earth Day right.
Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21

12:00 pm: Pacific Sticks Performance. Groove to the beat of this percussion ensemble, then make your own recycled instrument and join them for a jam session later in the afternoon.
Saturday, April 20

11:30 am: Home is Where the Herps Are. Come face to face with a horde of herps - a six-foot boa, tree frogs, iguanas, newts and turtles will liven up your Earth Day.
Sunday, April 21

1:00 pm: The True Survivors. Join environmental educator Steve Karlin for a lively presentation of some very special species, including an arctic fox, golden eagle, two-toed sloth, American alligator, and a lynx.
Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21

2:00 pm: Recycled Instrument Workshop. Make your own drum from recycled materials, then jam with the Pacific Sticks performers.
Saturday, April 20

2:00 pm: Home is Where the Herps Are. See above description.
Sunday, April 21

3:00 pm: Earthcapades Juggling Show. Using audience participation and improvisation, these master jugglers will help visitors come up with plans to create a healthier planet.
Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21

3:30 pm: Bats Alive! Bat your eyes at live bats - then learn all about bat conservation from Patricia Winters (a.k.a. Batmam).
Satuday, April 20

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