Earth Day event listing released

03 April 2014

The Guam Environmental Protection Agency (Guam EPA) today released a complete listing of Earth Day 2014 activities.

“This year we are encouraging every resident of Guam to think about our one earth, one land and one sea during April,” said Guam EPA Administrator Eric M. Palacios. “We have many service learning events, field trips. beach cleanups and other activities scheduled for the month. We are also encouraging everyone to participate in their own way on Tuesday, April 22. If everyone pitches in for one hour, we can make a huge difference together. We must all work together to protect natural resources.”

Earth Day 2014 events begin last week with Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo proclaiming April as Earth Month and a Fire Workshop in Agat coordinated by the Bureau of Statistics and Plans Guam Coastal Management Program.

Events coming up in the next two weeks include the following:

  • Be big. Give big with Clifford the Big Red Dog- Join Clifford and all of his friends from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 5 at the Nieves M. Flores Memorial Library in Agana to learn about the Guam’s environment. The event includes educational stations, crafts, a puppet show and many guest readers sharing their favorite environmental story book. The event is free and open to the public. Families are encouraged to bring a camera to take photos with Clifford the Big Red Dog. No registration required. The event is sponsored by PBS Guam, the Guam Public Library System and Guam EPA. For more information visit epa.guam.gov, call 300-4761/988-7582 or email lpereda@pbsguam.org.
  • Kids freshwater fishing derby – The Guam Nature Alliance is hosting a free kids freshwater fishing derby from 8 a.m. to noon on Sunday, April 6, at the Masso Reservoir Nature Area. The derby is free and open to ages 16 and under. Children will be fishing for local fish, tilapia and freshwater eel. Prizes will be awarded for the longest fish, free nature hikes throughout the area and educational materials. Registration is not required but more information can be found at epa.guam.gov or by emailing tammyjoanderson.taft@epa.guam.gov. The event is sponsored by the Guam Department of Agriculture and Guam EPA.
  • Coconut Rhino Beetle impacts you too – The invasive Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle is wreaking havoc on coconut trees at Asan Beach and all over the island. Join Roland Quitugua, a rhino beetle expert from the University of Guam, at 11 a.m. April 5, Saturday at Asan Beach to learn about this threat and how you can help. Meet at the restrooms.
  • Science Sunday: From Trash to Treasure – The National Park Service is hosting a Science Sunday speaker at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6 at the Visitors Center. When World War II ended, the U.S. Military disposed of tons of equipment, vehicles, and planes by dumping them into the sea. Guest speaker Kalle Palmer will share how these dumps sites are now highly valued as dive sites for their historical significance and natural features that developed around them.
  • Reforestation Site Maintenance – Join the 36th Civil Engineering Squadron Environmental Flight at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 12 at the Ritidian National Wildlife Refuge. The project ivovles clearing weeds around newly planted native limestone forest trees that are used by endangered species for foraging and nesting. Work may involve hand weeding, tree pruning, or bush cutting. Gloves, tools and water will be provided. For more information email leanne.obra.1@us.af.mil or call 366-5078.
  • Fun and easy hike – Explore the history of Asan Ridge during this fun hike at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at War in the Pacific Memorial Park in Asan. Registration not required and the hike is free and open to the public. Participants should meet at the restrooms of the park.
  • Family Field Trips – Join these fun and educational field trips starting at 8:30 Thursday, April 17 and Saturday, April 19. Families are invited to come see trees that can only be found in Guam, and visit Hamamoto Fruit World. Biologist Joni Kerr will lead this hike through the unique limestone forest and point out trees and plants of interest. Registration is required for this field trip. Busing will be provided. To register visit epa.guam.gov.

A complete listing of Earth Day 2014 is available here.

For more information about Earth Day 2014 please contact Tammy jo Anderson Taft at 988-7582, 300-4751/52/53; or e-mail tammyjoanderson.taft@epa.guam.gov.