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St. Louis Earth Day Festival
April 27, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
25th Annual Celebration
St. Louis Earth Day organizes what now ranks as the 2nd largest Earth Day celebration in the nation according to Earth Day Network, the international organization that catalogs and supports community Earth Day events around the world. Funds raised from the St. Louis Earth Day Festival support the year-round programming of the St. Louis Earth Day organization, ensuring everyday sustainability.
ST. LOUIS EARTH DAY FESTIVAL
Join in this community tradition to learn about sustainable products and services offered by local businesses and organizations, meet area non-profits that share the mission of Earth Day, catch local musical acts and performance art, participate in a number of hands-on educational activities, and enjoy diverse cuisine featuring local, organic, vegetarian, and vegan options.
Pre-Festival Activities – Crafts, Face-Painting & Henna
10am to 11am | East side of The Muny covered walkway, by entrance to Community Stage
Get your recycled props and costume accessories ready for the All Species Parade with the St. Louis Teachers’ Recycle Center, Inc. Impish Grin Face Art will also be on site providing free face-painting and Henna Creation will be offering free henna design until 11am to get you ready for the Parade. (see map for location)
Educational Activity Booths
All Day | Throughout the Festival grounds
Hands-on learning and engagement is a key component of the Festival. Educational activity booths are scattered throughout the event’s themed neighborhood areas. Visitors can engage with ecosystem models, role-playing games, or create something beautiful with ‘trash.’ Click here to read descriptions for all the activities offered and booth numbers.
Explore the following topics in interactive ways:
- Act: Make a Difference
- Build: DIY & Homesteading
- Create: Arts & Crafts
- Discover: Animals, Nature & Science
Click on the activities below for more details.
ALL SPECIES PARADE
12pm – Join in a St. Louis Earth Day tradition by representing your favorite species (or combination of species!) in this parade around the Muny grounds of Forest Park as we kick off the Festival. Meet at the Main Stage.
CAR SHOW, TRANSPORTATION & FUELS NEIGHBORHOOD
All Day – Fuel-efficient vehicles, big and small, perfect for any kid who likes to pretend “Vroom Vroom”.
12:30pm, 2:45pm – What kid doesn’t dream of joining the circus? Enjoy the uproarious antics of St. Louis-based clown, Josh Routh, on the Community Stage pavilion.
DOG WASHING DEMONSTRATIONS
12pm, 2pm, 4pm – A sure way to catch the giggles – stop by the Laclede Gas booth on Sponsor Row to watch some “lucky” dogs get pampered with Better Life pet products.
All Day – “Play Your Art Out” all day with the St. Louis Teachers’ Recycle Center at the Eco-Art area (see map), explore the VanGO Traveling Reuse Center and receive a reusable water bottle. Sponsored by Great Rivers Greenway.
GREEN STRUM PROJECT DEMONSTRATIONS
Hourly Demonstrations All Day – If your kid loves music – they’ll be captivated by how music can be made from the most unassuming instruments, and how easy it is to create one’s own – at the KDHX booth on Sponsor Row.
JUNIOR RECYCLING AMBASSADOR WORKSHOP
11am – All kids (big and small) are invited to learn more about recycling and composting from the experts of St. Louis Earth Day’s Recycling on the Go program. Earn your Junior Recycling Ambassador badge through games and then share your knowledge with others at Earth Day! Workshop under the Community Stage pavilion.
All Day – Stop by the Arts & Crafts Neighborhood near the Community Stage pavilion entrance to see local artists create eco-themed art right before your eyes.
Hourly Programming All Day – Bang on a drum, dance around the peace poll or chill out on the haybales – all humans are invited to enjoy this space and connect with the Earth. See map for location.
12:00, 2:00, 4:00 – Come relax with your little ones at the Kitchen Club Kids booth. They will be reading preschool books about cooking with natural foods. They will also have a coloring page with recipes from their books.
WHOLE FOODS KIDS’ CLUB
All Day – Join the Whole Foods Market Kids Club Coordinator to make bird feeders using pine cones, peanut butter and 365 Organic Morning O’s. Sunflower butter will be available for those with peanut allergies! Find the Whole Foods booth under the covered walkway near The Muny box office.
WORLD BIRD SANCTUARY’S WINGS OVER WATER
11:45am, 2pm – Get up close and personal with birds of prey like falcons, hawks, owls and vultures under the Community Stage pavilion.
10am, 3:30pm – All bodies are welcome to grab their mat or blanket and connect with the Earth through yoga with 200hr-RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) Rebekah Jarchow of LotusEaterYoga under the Community Stage pavilion.
Family Amenities & Important Information
- ATMs – located throughout the event. Look for the $ Icon on the Map
- Diaper Changing Stations – Available at the portable restrooms near the Shuttle Stop in the Transportation Neighborhood and by the Eco-Art activity near the Community Stage.
- Event program – be sure to grab an event program on your way into the event, on the shuttle, or at the Info booth, for a complete guide to the event!
- First Aid – Center of the event, near the Info Booth. Look for the red tent.
- Food – Most food and beverage vendors are located in the Earth Day Cafe, but we have several food trucks and snack vendors in the Farmers’ Market Neighborhood. Review a full listing of menus online, also printed in the program. Note that bottled water, beverages with high fructose corn syrup, deep fried and highly processed foods have been banned from our Festival!
- Lost Children – Volunteers will take lost children to the Info Booth until guardians are located.
- Lost & Found – Come to the Info Booth to inquire about lost/found items. Call 314.282.7533 after the Festival to inquire about lost items.
- Nursing Station – Located in between the Wellness and Home/Family Neighborhoods, providing a private place for nursing mothers.
- Water Refill Stations – See water drop icon on the program map – bring your own water bottles!
Park & Ride – Beat the traffic!
10:30am to 6:30pm | St. Louis Community College, Forest Park campus off Oakland Avenue
Even if you aren’t donating materials at the Recycling Extravaganza, park at STLCC and catch a ride to the Festival via a FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE, provided by Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Shuttles leave STLCC every 15 minutes on the hour.
MetroLink Shuttle Service – Travel green!
10:30am to 6:30pm | Forest Park/DeBaliviere Metrolink Station
It’s a short walk or bike from the Forest Park/DeBaliviere Metrolink Station, but you can also hop on a FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE running every 15 minutes, also provided by Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
Don’t forget to take the Earth Day Challenge!
- Bring a refillable water bottle.
- Bring a reusable bag.
- Use low impact transport to get to the Festival (bike, take the MetroBus or MetroLink, walk, carpool).
Visitors who accomplish two of the three challenges will receive an eco-friendly prize at the Earth Day Booth. Prizes & more info (coming soon for 2014)…