The National Aquarium, SCRAPDC, River & Trail Outfitters and Others Combine to offer Unique Activities for Kids
Washington, D.C. (September 6, 2013) – The Ninth Annual Green Festival returns to the nation’s capital this month (September 21-22, 2013, WashingtonConvention Center) featuring an ever-widening variety of special programming for kids.
“Environmental education for younger folks needs to be both fun and enlightening to really work,” says Green Festival Regional Director Danielle Tergis. “We’ve tried to showcase activities that do both well.”
The Green Kids Zone (http://www.greenfestivals.org/exhibitors/browse-by-city/washington-d.c.-2013/washington-d.c.-2013-categories/green-kids/) is the center of the action. Activities are ongoing for both days of the event, and consistently stress hands-on, learning by doing. SCRAPDC teaches kids about recycling and repurposing by having them make things out of discarded everyday materials like magnets, paper and straws. The National Aquarium, one of the Kids Zone’s major partners, teaches kids about caring for local wildlife habitats, and making their homes greener in their “Eco-House” exhibit. River & Trail Outfitters teaches about experiencing the Chesapeake Bay and other local areas while trying out canoes, rafts and their climbing wall. Kids will also celebrate International Day of Peace with activities sponsored by Charlottesville, VA company Tender Sapling, including origami and yoga.
Author Chenniah Patrick (I Won’t Eat That) teaches about eating natural and health foods by playing her “Yummy or Yucky” Game, and for Moms (and Dads) who might be too busy to prepare healthier meals in the kitchen, Chef Kristen Bocanegra prepares food especially targeted and new Moms and Moms-to-be (www.mommemeals.com). Innovative DC non-profit FRESHFARM Markets (http://www.freshfarmmarkets.org/programs/foodprints.php) will present special sessions on “Eating Healthy on a Budget” (Good Food stage on September 22 at 2:00 PM) and “Kids Love Kale” (Good Food Stage, September 21 at 2:00 PM).
“We’ve seen a surge in interest in organic food and cooking all over the country,” says Green Festival President Georgia Malki. “It’s only natural that this would increase interest in improving the quality of the foods available to kids, and in educating the public about how to source it and how to serve it.”
Green Festival is the largest marketplace of eco-friendly, organic and Fair Trade businesses with products and services for home, school and work. The event is a project of two nationally recognized not-for-profits, Green America (www.greenamerica.org) and Global Exchange (www.globalexchange.org).
Key partners and sponsors include: Ford Motor Company, Ford Community Green Grants, New York Times, O’Organics, Bright Green, MIX 107.3, Washington City Paper, MOM’s Organic Market, Clif Bar and Yelp DC.
The 2013 DC Green Festival will be held at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place N.W. in Exhibit Hall A, Washington, DC 20001. Hours are Saturday, September 21st 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday, September 22nd 11 am-5 pm.
Tickets are $10 for a one day pass and $20 for a full weekend pass when purchased online at www.greenfestivals.org, or $15 and $25 at the door. (All tickets provide access to exhibit floor, all workshops/yoga classes, speakers and films.) Free admission for anyone who rides a bike to the event and parks with the Clif Bar bike valet, youth under eighteen, union members, volunteers and Green America and Global Exchange members.
For more information, please visit www.GreenFestivals.org. To exhibit, please call: 828-333-9403 x 300.
For partnership information, visit www.greenfestivals.org/become-a-partner.
About Green America
Green America is a national nonprofit organization founded in 1982, providing the economic strategies, organizing power and practicing tools for businesses and individuals to address today’s social and environmental problems. Its Green Business Network is the largest national network of businesses screened for their social and environmental responsibility.
About Global Exchange
Global Exchange is a membership-based international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social, economic and environmental justice around the world. Since its founding in 1988, Global Exchange has successfully increased public awareness of root causes of injustice while building international partnerships and mobilizing for change.
KIDS ZONE SCHEDULE & EXHIBIT HIGHLIGHTS
Get crafty with SCRAPDC (http://www.scrapdc.org)
Contact: Heather Bouley
Make a bookmark out of discontinued architecture and design samples. Instead of throwing away these colorful bits of materials, transform them in to a useful everyday tool.
Flip through old magazines to find an image, color, or pattern that you want to feature. We’ll cut it out of the magazine, glue the image in to a bottle cap, and attach a magnet for a classy piece of art to take home!
Get inspired to make beads out of everyday materials like straws or pieces of paper! Using homemade or recycled beads, design your own bracelet to show off at the Green Festival.
Wildlife and Climate Change With The National Aquarium (http://www.nationalaquarium.org)
Join the National Aquarium to learn about run-off and how it impacts the Chesapeake Bay and the animals that live there. Play our “Recycle” game — see how much you know about recycling. Explore our “eco-house” to see what we can do to make our homes greener and protect the environment. Make a bookmark to take home. See our display about our newest exhibit “Blacktip Reef” and the community of animals that call this coral reef environment home, including Calypso the aquarium’s lovable green sea turtle.
Celebrate Peace Day in the Green Kids Zone!
Saturday 12:00 PM
Kids and the young at heart are invited to join in a worldwide Moment of Peace at the start of this fun program by Tender Sapling that includes a little yoga, a little storytelling, a little origami, and a lot of fun! Kids and adults will engage their minds, hearts, and bodies in reflecting on peace and creating a symbol of peace to take with them as they go out into the Green Festival and beyond. What better way to celebrate the International Day of Peace?
River & Trail Outfitters
Contact: John Gonano
Saturday & Sunday 2:00 PM
Adventure is Out There!
River & Trail Outfitters presents an interactive, kid-friendly workshop about the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Come sit in a canoe, hold a paddle and learn from master naturalists about the wonders in our own backyard. The health of the Chesapeake Bay is dependent upon the actions of every citizen in the watershed. Join us in our efforts to educate the generations through this enlightening Chesapeake Bay watershed experience.
Author Chenniah Patrick
Saturday and Sunday 3:30 pm
Join Chenniah Patrick, author of I Won’t Eat That, along a nutritional journey. Young readers will have fun stomping and clapping as part of the Yummy or Yucky game. The audience will get involved by guessing food described by the character’s vivid imagination. Participants will take the Healthiest Me pledge and receive certificate at the end of the reading.