[NMSEA-news] Special Announcement - Earth Day events this weekend!

News from New Mexico Solar Energy Association nmsea-news at nmsea.org
Thu Apr 17 15:28:10 MDT 2008


In concert with zoos and aquariums across the nation, the Albuquerque
Biological Park will celebrate Earth Day in a BIG way with a Party for
the Planet on Saturday, April 19, from 10:00am-2:00pm.  Visitors to each
of the BioPark's facilities - Zoo, Aquarium, Botanic Garden and Tingley
Beach - will learn how to lessen their impact on the Earth and protect
animals, plants and habitats. 

At each facility, Celebra la Ciencia stations will feature
family-focused, hands-on science activities taught by bilingual
instructors.  All Earth Day activities are included with regular

At the Zoo, visitors will learn about endangered animals from around the
world and how to protect them.  Children can celebrate the "Year of the
Frog" as they learn to identify frog calls and study tadpoles.  *The New
Mexico Solar Energy Association will install a photovoltaic panel on the
Zoo's gift shop during the event and will provide information about
solar energy. *

At the Aquarium, visitors will follow a drop of water from the Rio
Grande to the sea as they learn about amazing aquatic animals and how to
protect marine ecosystems.  Children will be able to make their own
"mini-aquarium" to take home (while supplies last).

At the Botanic Garden, visitors will learn about plants for water-wise
gardens and will be able to plant seeds to take home for their own
garden.  Local landscape architects will compete in a chalk art
competition in the Aquarium/Botanic Garden plaza and will install
temporary xeric landscapes near the parking lot.  

At Tingley Beach, the BioVan will showcase plants and animals found
along the Rio Grande.  Guided wildlife-watching hikes through the nearby
bosque will take place at 11:00am, 12:00pm and 1:00pm.  Fishing lessons
and pond life studies will take place at the Tingley Beach fishing

Celebra la Ciencia is a coalition of local science education
institutions dedicated to engaging families in informal, hands-on
science programs and increasing awareness about science career


For more information, call BioPark education at 505-764-6247 or 311
(Relay NM or 711). The BioPark is a division of the City of
Albuquerque's Cultural Services Department. Visit the BioPark website at
www.cabq.gov/biopark for more information about our facilities and

Same day combo admission to the BioPark's Rio Grande Zoo, Albuquerque
Aquarium and Rio Grande Botanic Garden is $12 for adults; $5 for seniors
65 and older and for children 3-12. New Mexico BioPark Society
membership confers FREE general admission to all BioPark facilities and
discounts to many special events, including summer concerts.  Find out
more about becoming a BioPark Society member at nmbioparksociety.org
<http://www.nmbioparksociety.org/> .
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