April 20, 2015 – Des Moines, IA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2015
Three Local Organizations Partner for the Downtown Earth Day Tour
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Science Center of Iowa and World Food Prize to host Earth Day events Saturday, April 25
DES MOINES, Iowa: Celebrate Earth Day with the third annual Downtown Earth Day Tour, a joint collaboration between the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, The Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater (SCI) and the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates.
Each location will host a variety of activities on Saturday, April 25, from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The public is encouraged to start at any of the three locations and then use the trail system and Principal Riverwalk to walk or bike to the other locations. It is less than 1.5 miles between all three locations!
Support for this event comes from DuPont Pioneer. Activities at the various locations include:
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
Family activities will include making recycled, compostable pots and planting your own vegetable seedling to take home. Learn more
Participating organizations include:
Des Moines Herb Study Group, Blank Park Zoo: Plant Grow Fly, Living History Farms, Central Iowa Sierra Club, Urban Ambassadors, Metro Waste Authority, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach: Polk County 4-H, Plant Sync, Greater Des Moines Volkssport Association
The Volkssport Association will be leading three walks starting at the Botanical Garden and visiting the other venues. The walks begin at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 p.m.
Admission: FREE (Sponsored by Principal Financial Group)
Science Center of Iowa
Earth Day activities at the Science Center of Iowa include hands-on activities from local organizations and nature-themed science programs.
Outside, visitors will be able to safely view the Sun through solar telescopes, interact with storm chasers from the Iowa Storm Chasing Network and see a variety of earth-friendly vehicles from BMW of Des Moines, Toyota of Des Moines and Electric Dream Machines.
SCI will have a free bike valet for secure parking, and visitors can receive $1 off SCI admission by showing a bike helmet or bus stub. Learn more
World Food Prize Hall of Laureates
Open 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Admission and tours: FREE
Tour the LEED-certified Hall of Laureates, one of only a handful of buildings in the entire country that both is on the National Register of Historic Places and has earned the distinction of LEED Platinum certification. To reach LEED Platinum, the building must meet standards in six different categories: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation in Design. Learn more
About the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
The Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden is a vibrant, 14-acre public garden in the heart of downtown Des Moines. Guided by a mission of exploring, explaining and celebrating the world of plants, the Botanical Garden cultivates a signature guest experience through progressive garden design and innovative programming. The Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) privately governed, not-for-profit institution.
About the Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater
The Science Center of Iowa engages and inspires Iowans along their journey of lifelong science learning. The 110,000-sq. ft facility located in Downtown Des Moines features dynamic experience platforms, large format theaters and daily interactive science demonstrations. Through daily visitors, a statewide educational outreach programs and the NAEYC-accredited SCI Preschool, the Science Center of Iowa serves more than 300,000 people annually.
About The World Food Prize
The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. The Prize was founded in 1986 by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize. The World Food Prize also annually hosts the Borlaug Dialogue international symposium and several youth programs aimed at inspiring the next generation of agricultural and humanitarian leaders. The World Food Prize Foundation is based in Des Moines, Iowa, in a century-old building it renovated to achieve LEED Platinum certification for energy efficiency.
The Hall of Laureates, formerly the Des Moines Public Library, underwent a $30 million renovation and reopened in 2011 as the World Food Prize’s global headquarters. It was designed as a special tribute to Dr. Norman Borlaug and all the programs he created, in addition to honoring the World Food Prize laureates. It serves as a world-class public museum and educational facility celebrating Iowa’s great humanitarian heritage as well as our collective achievements in agriculture and fighting hunger. On the National Register of Historic Places, this century-old building has been designed to achieve LEED Platinum certification, the highest possible level of energy efficiency.
To arrange photo opportunities and interviews, please contact:
Ms. Eldree Baer, Marketing and Guest Experience, (515) 402-4274, email@example.com
Ms. Emilee Richardson, SCI Marketing and Communications Manager, (515) 274-6868 ext.233, Emilee.firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Nicole Barreca, Communications and Events Coordinator, (515) 245-3735, email@example.com