April 19, 2016 – Des Moines, IA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 19, 2016
Four Local Organizations Partner for the Annual Downtown Earth Day Tour
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Science Center of Iowa, World Food Prize and The Riverwalk Hub to host Earth Day events Saturday, April 23
DES MOINES, Iowa:Celebrate Earth Day with the fourth 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), the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, and the Riverwalk Hub.
Each location will have FREE admission and will host a variety of activities on Saturday, April 23, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The public is encouraged to start at any of the 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 four locations! Downtown Earth Day Tour guests can also participate in a scavenger hunt between the locations and turn in the completed form to be entered to win a prize package, including memberships from SCI, the Botanical Garden and merchandise from DART.
Activities at the various locations include:
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
· Interact with local organizations, including Brenton Arboretum, Living History Farms, Urban Ambassadors, Des Moines Herb Study Group, Global Greens, Metro Waste Authority, Plant Sync, Sierra Club
· Iowa Bonsai Association spring bonsai show
· Participate in a collective art project
· Good bug/bad bug demonstrations from the Botanical Garden horticultural staff
· Recycled make and take activity - Be sure to bring a clean, 11 oz. or larger, empty food can to make your own hanging garden to take home!
· Explore the outdoor gardens
Admission is FREE (Sponsored by Principal Financial Group)
Science Center of Iowa
· Free bike valet for secure parking
· Catch Earth- and space-themed programming, including Iowa Skies Tonight and Investigation: Climate Change
· Meet NASA astronaut Clayton Anderson (Keynote presentation at 11:00 am with Q&A and book signing following)
· Safely view the Sun through solar telescopes (weather permitting)
· See a variety of earth-friendly vehicles
· Explore SCI’s newest mini-exhibit, the Collectors’ Corner
· Show your bike helmet or a bus stub on Saturday, April 25, for $1 off a documentary IMAX film
Admission is FREE (Sponsored by the Iowa Space Grant Consortium)
World Food Prize Hall of Laureates
· Open 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
· 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.
Admission and tours are free
The Riverwalk HUB
· Plan a stop at The Riverwalk HUB to grab a refreshment. Any Downtown Earth Day Tour participants can get a large coffee for the price of a small on April 23.
· Learn about river conservation with Iowa Rivers Revival organization.
To arrange photo opportunities and interviews, please contact:
Eldree Baer, Director of Marketing and Guest Experience, (515) 402-4274, firstname.lastname@example.org
Emilee Richardson, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, (515) 274-6868 ext. 233, Emilee.email@example.com
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.
About The Riverwalk HUB
The Riverwalk HUB is a unique, award winning display of architecture that sits along the west bank of the Des Moines river in vibrant downtown Des Moines. The Riverwalk HUB offers food and refreshments including wine and Iowa craft beers in one of the more interesting spaces in town. Where Court Avenue meets the River!