Ready to have fun and help save the planet? Come to the Children’s Museum April 22nd from 10am – 2pm for the 23rd Annual Tucson Earth Day Festival. This year, the event returns to it’s roots in downtown Tucson. “It’s been many years since we’ve had the Tucson Earth Day Festival at the Children’s Museum and Armory Park and we’re excited to be able to offer free admission to the museum all day,” says Georgia Armstrong, Committee Chair of the event. “Our Tucson Earth Day started around 1994 with the help of community and city volunteers coming together to create strong environmental education for our kids.” The festival draws between 2,000 – 5,000 visitors and includes engaging exhibits from businesses and organizations from all across Pima Country. There are fun and educational hands-on activities for kids of all ages. Be sure to check out the youth mariachi band, face painting and food trucks.
The Tucson Earth Day Festival brings together 100 exhibitors from organizations like City of Tucson’s Do More Blue program and SAEMS (Southern Arizona Environmental Management Society, Inc). Local businesses like Bookmans and organizations like Mrs. Green’s World will also be in attendance. Local First Arizona will be at the festival with partners Vantage West Credit Union. Stop by the Local First Arizona table for a reusable shopping tote stuffed with goodies and tools to use for creating more sustainable local economies. Local First Arizona is creating a movement of smart money warriors who know that keeping dollars local creates sustainable change in our community. Tucson Electric Power (TEP) will also be at the festival providing energy efficient light bulbs and giving away 150 shade trees.
The event features exhibits and information on alternate modes of transportation, renewable energy, land and water conservation, native plants, invasive species, air quality, climate resiliency, sustainability, alternative fueled vehicles, and more. April is bike month and, while there is plenty of parking nearby, the festival encourages attendees to bike to the event. 6th street, in front of the Children’s Museum, will be closed off for the day which will maximize the space, create safety for all involved and allow a nice flow of activities. This year’s festival festival features bicycle safety programming through Bikefest and the Living Street Alliance. Kids can learn bicycle safety and ride through an obstacle course made just for them. While supplies last, Kids can also get a free helmet from the Pima County Bicycle and Pedestrian Program. Spruce up your ride at the festival at the bike decoration.
The Earth Day Festival is a great opportunity to meet environmental leaders in Tucson and learn what we can all do to make a difference. According to earthday.org, “Now more than ever in recent history, people around the world are hungry to engage in public policy. It is up to all of us to use this unprecedented opportunity to build the change we need.” Armstrong agrees. “Information is power,” she says, “and citizens need as much local environment information as national and global. We need to take things as seriously at home, work, and in our schools as possible. We have to make sure we have the right information and resources to make our politicians and other representatives know that we are an informed citizenry.
For more information about the festival, or to register as an exhibitor, visit www.tucsonearthday.org