Foster’s Daily Democrat ran the following story on Friday. Remember, if you have kids, the Children’s Museum Earth Day event is this Thursday, April 22, 2010!
Children’s Museum in Dover to celebrate Earth Day on April 22
DOVER — The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire invites families to celebrate Earth Day at the museum on Thursday, April 22, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Children can learn to be “Earth Heroes” by finding out simple things they can do to reduce, reuse and recycle.
At noon, children are invited to help plant a clump of Heritage River Birch trees in front of the museum. These trees are being provided by the City of Dover to replace a large maple removed over the winter. Landscape designer Norm Fracassa of Fracassa DesignWorks will oversee the planting process and invite children to help water and fertilize the new trees, as he shares information about best practices for planting. He will also talk about the important role trees play in our environment.
A variety of hands-on activities are also planned inside the museum with special guests from the local business community.
Wentworth Gardens of Rollinsford will have a planting station where children can plant marigolds to take home and grow.
Red Worms for a Green Earth will educate children about how worms help the earth by speeding the decomposition process.
Seacoast Eat Local will have information about how families can support local farmers and enjoy healthy, locally grown foods.
The University of New Hampshire’s Kids Can Grow program will have a representative available to share information about programs specifically designed to teach children how to garden.
Cabot Creamery will offer samples of four types of cheese made from milk from their cooperative of 1,200 family dairy farms throughout New England and New York.
Families can also learn about how the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire was designed and built to be environmentally friendly, achieving the honor of Silver LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. From installing a highly efficient HVAC system and water-saving fixtures to repurposing building materials and using low VOC paints, the Children’s Museum provides an excellent example of sustainable building practices. Regular museum admission applies for all Earth Day festivities: $8 for children and adults, $7 for adults age 65 and over, and there is no charge for museum members or children under 12 months old.
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