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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Celebrate Earth Day And National Park Week

The annual Earth Day celebration will be held this weekend. Activities will be spread over several days but many will fall on the official day, which is Sunday, April 22.

Earth Day overlaps with National Parks Week, which runs April 21-29. During National Park Week there will be no fees to gain entrance to Utah National Parks and National Sites, along with other parks around the country.. Camping fees will still be accessed.

Many National Parks will offer special events this weekend in celebration of Earth Day. Other events will be held in communities and popular destinations all around the country. See the Earth Day website for more information.

Zion Park always sponsors several Earth Day events. This year the park will offer ranger-led hikes, demonstrations, live music from local bands performed on a solar-powered stage, a farmer’s market, food booths, giveaways and information and solar/wind energy, alternative building materials and living green.

Dixie National Forest and Southern Utah University are partnering for several Earth Day events including a special art event. StGeorgeUtah.com offers this this article on the events. Here's a quote:

The Dixie National Forest is a landscape of contrast in color, climate and culture through its geology, world class recreation, scenery and natural and heritage resources. The spectacular landscape of the Dixie National Forest will be presented in a special art exhibition entitled, “Into the Woods: A Painted Diary of the Dixie National Forest by Arlene Braithwaite.” Southern Utah University’s Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery offers a chance to see over 20 works depicting the landscapes within the Forest, by the well-known regional artist Arlene Braithwaite, including work commissioned by the Dixie National Forest.

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