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Student, Staff, and Faculty Volunteers Offer Outdoor Fun to Promote Appreciation of the Environment


Allentown, PA (April 09, 2008) - Students, faculty and staff invite the community to celebrate Earth Day on the Cedar Crest College campus with a variety of activities and presentations.  Activities will begin at 3:30 p.m. and will continue until 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 25, 2008 on the terrace and lawn of the Tompkins College Center.

"We are focusing on getting kids and community members to think about reusing recyclable materials, the conservation of endangered species and decreasing habitat destruction," says Dr. Amy Faivre, associate professor of biological sciences at Cedar Crest.  "It is crucial to engage and educate our children about the importance of protecting the Earth and its resources for the future.  We want kids to know that they can make a difference too," adds Dr. John Cigliano, associate professor of biological sciences at Cedar Crest and director of the Conservation Biology program.

The celebration will include interactive activities for kids of all ages about plants, endangered plant species, animal habitats, coral reef conservation, as well as Pennsylvania's endangered bird species and "Wild, Wiggly and Wonderful: River Otters of Pennsylvania."  There will also be visits from special wildlife guests.

In addition to activities like face painting, tie-dying Earth Day t-shirts and making sun prints, the celebration will also include performances by students in the Cedar Crest chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, a national theatre fraternity, and a demonstration of making paper from recycled materials.

Earth Day activities are sponsored by the following campus organizations: Alpha Phi Omega, Alpha Psi Omega, BIO 315 Cases Studies in Conservation Biology course, Conservation Club, The Lutz Center for Community Service, Sisters, Inc., Student Activities Board, and Student Affairs.

For more information please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.



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