Wednesday, April 22 is Earth Day, an international celebration of Mother Nature in order to raise awareness about the environmental issues facing our planet. Marking the movement’s forty-fifth anniversary, the push for conservation and preservation has never been greater, or more receptive. On the local front, Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve will open the reserve to earth warriors with buy one, get one admission, giving guests a chance to explore the watery expanse with a pal.
But that’s not all…Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center has a full day of programing on tap to give guests an educational and entertaining visit. Beginning at 9 a.m., Rookery Bay will host a “Planet Earth Film Festival,” screening more than six hours of the stellar documentary. Drop in the theater for a glimpse at your favorite habitat, including “From Pole to Pole,” 9-10 a.m.; Mountains, 10-11 a.m.; Fresh Water, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.; Seasonal Forests, 1:30-2:30 p.m.; and Ocean Deep, 2:30-3:30 p.m.; as well as the Academy Award-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, from 12-1:30 p.m.
Concurrently, guests can take a guided walk along the Snail Trail from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.; join reserve naturalists for touch tank exploration from 12:30-1:30 p.m.; and catch a presentation on sharks from 2-3 p.m.
- Admission is buy one, get one – $5. For more information, visit rookerybay.org.