Earth Stroll 2011: An Earth Day Celebration

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April 14, 2011

Earth Stroll 2011: An Earth Day Celebration

Bring the whole family to Earth Stroll on Saturday, April 23 as we celebrate Earth Day and the 10th anniversary of Crissy Field’s historic transformation from former military airfield to beloved national park. Earth Stroll is an official event of National Park Week and engaging, entertaining journey that highlights simple steps you can take to make a healthier planet—and a healthy you!

Meet rescue animals from Wildcare and some of Tree Frog Trek’s traveling reptiles, before wiggling your way over to check out the worm compost bins. Play parachute games, bounce a giant beach ball, build sandcastles, and test your urban riding skills in a bike rodeo—complete with a range helmets and bikes to borrow. The day offers an abundance of family-friendly outdoor activities all centered around the spectacular Crissy Field Center located on East Beach in the Presidio.

Express your creative side by using natural materials to build enviro-art sculptures and follow the shorebird maze along the Crissy Field Marsh. Then, you can learn about ethnobotany while making traditional tortillas with “Juana Briones,” and try your hand at traditional Ohlone hoop and stick games. Plus there will be a special guest appearance by “Chipper” the enthusiastic eco-conscious city squirrel who will share his outdoor adventures from the book,  Let’s Stroll Crissy Field.

Who:  Crissy Field Center in partnership of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, National Park Service, and Presidio Trust, and the Presidio Community YMCA.

Other participating organizations: Create with Nature, Garden for the Environment, Girls On The Run, Growing Up for Good/Let’s Go Chipper, Golden Gate Audubon Society, KQED/Quest, Literacy for Environmental Justice, Pacific Leadership Institute, Purusha Yoga, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Tree Frog Treks, and Wildcare.

Promotional & in-kind support provided by: Red Tricycle and Whole Foods Market

What:  A fun day of family-friendly educational eco-activities and games designed to engage families, celebrate Earth Day and ten years since Crissy Field’s historic transformation.

Where:  Activities take place in front of the Crissy Field Center located at 1199 East Beach Drive, in the Presidio of San Francisco, near the Marina Boulevard entrance to the park. 

Please note: event parking will be limited so walking, biking and public transport is strongly encouraged. Crissy Field Center is accessible via MUNI #28, 30 & 43 lines and you can visit  www.crissyfield.org  for transportation details. Overflow parking will be available along Gorgas Avenue from Halleck Street toward and behind the Presidio Community YMCA Letterman Gym and pool.

When:  Saturday, April 23, 2011; 10 AM to 3 PM

How:  The event is free and open to all ages. A special Crissy Field 10th Anniversary Commemorative Passport is available for a $5 donation. For more information, visit  www.crissyfield.org  or call (415) 561-7765.

Media Contact:
David Shaw, director of communications
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
(415) 561-3064

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Since 2001 the Crissy Field Center has offered relevant, multicultural environmental education that inspires young people to lead positive changes in the national parks, their communities, and their lives. After 10 years of operation, the Center’s success is the result of visionary individual donors, generous foundations, and energetic interns, volunteers, and staff members. Their collective work benefits the Center’s young students—who bring diversity and vitality to our programs—and make the Golden Gate National Parks a more fully realized “Parks For All Forever.”

About the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
The Parks Conservancy is the nonprofit membership organization created to preserve the Golden Gate National Parks, enhance the experiences of park visitors, and build a community dedicated to conserving the parks for the future. The Parks Conservancy is an authorized “cooperating association” of the National Park Service, and is one of more than 70 such nonprofit organizations working with national parks around the country. To learn more, please  visitwww.parksconservancy.org  or call (415) 561-3000.

About the National Park Service
The National Park Service (NPS) is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior charged with managing the preservation and public use of America’s most significant natural, scenic, historic, and cultural treasures. The NPS manages the Golden Gate National Parks, as well as 393 other park sites across the U.S. For more information, visit  www.nps.gov/goga  or call (415) 561-4700.

About the Presidio Trust
Responsible for the transformation of the Presidio from an historic Army post into a premier national park that is financially self sustaining, the Presidio Trust is leading the nation’s largest historic preservation project, restoring the park’s buildings and landscapes, and creating innovative programs. For more information, visit  www.presidio.gov  or call (415) 561-5300.

About the Presidio Community YMCA
Since 1898, the Presidio Y has served the changing needs of the Presidio Community. In a remarkable and utterly unique park setting, we inspire people to be healthy though recreation, play, and social connection.  We are for Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility. For more information, visit  www.ymcasf.org/presidio  or call (415) 447-9622.

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