By the end of this week, school children in the area will probably be in a froth of environmental conscientiousness, thanks to all the Earth Day activities and lessons they’ll be getting in the classroom. One of my nine-year-olds is eagerly anticipating “No Trash Lunch Day” at school, planning out with great care how she will make her own lunch that day, sans baggies, paper bags, napkins, etc. (Clearly I need to institute “No Trash Lunch” more often, if only to get her to take on the lunch-making chore herself.) The other one keeps providing me with environmental trivia and info, and, I’m sorry to say, he seems to be finding his mother scandalously wanting in the knowledge department.
Why not take all that positive energy and excitement, and do something they won’t forget for Earth Day — join the EPA down on the National Mall for their Earth Day celebration. Your kids will enjoy interactive, family-friendly games and exhibits, such as “The Carbon Wheel of Fortune” (spin the wheel to find ways to reduce your carbon footprint), “Thirstin” (which teaches about the importance of protecting drinking water), and science experiments using baking soda and rock salt.
A major feature of the celebration is the National Sustainable Design Expo, which brings together students, teachers, scientists, and business leaders to showcase innovative green technologies and alternative energy designs.
The EPA’s Earth Day celebration will be held Saturday, April 24, 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday, April 25, 10 am – 5 pm, between 4th and 7th Streets NW on the National Mall.