April 17, 2013 – Des Moines, IA
THREE LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS PARTNER FOR DOWNTOWN EARTH DAY TOUR
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, Science Center of Iowa and World Food Prize to host Earth Day events Saturday, April 20
DES MOINES, IA: Celebrate Earth Day with the 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.
Each location will host a variety of activities on Saturday, April 20, from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The public is encouraged to start at any of the three locations, then use the trails and The Principal Riverwalk to walk or bike to the others - it's less than 1.5 miles!
The Downtown Earth Day Tour is sponsored by DuPont Pioneer. Activities at the various locations include:
Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines, dmbotanicalgarden.com
Plant a flower to take home and grow, locate and learn about the parts of a flower, identify parts of a flower and experience unique plant fragrances! Enjoy the plant petting area, a lawn-sized game of tic-tac-toe made from recycled materials and more! Polk County Master Gardeners will be available to answer questions and the Iowa Herpetological Society will exhibit lizards, turtles and other reptiles. The Iowa Bonsai Association will have displays and demonstrations the entire weekend.
Admission: FREE (Sponsored by Principal Financial Group)
Science Center of Iowa
401 W. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parkway, Des Moines, sciowa.org
Interact with local organizations and get hands-on with unique activities at SCI's Earth Day Fair! Participating organizations include:
SCI Earth Day Admission Deal: Show your bike helmet or a bus stub on Saturday, April 20, for $1 off SCI admission!
World Food Prize Hall of Laureates
100 Locust Street, Des Moines, worldfoodprize.org
"Global Footprints: Sharing Our World's Resources"
Take a walk in someone else's footsteps to learn more about how people in different parts of the world use the earth's natural resources, from water and solar energy to plants and seeds. Visitors will be assigned a life story from around the globe, and you will participate in experiment stations related to your character as you tour the World Food Prize Hall of Laureates and learn more about what you can do to help conserve and sustain our environment. Docents also will be available for building tours.
In addition, attendees will be able to register for prizes at each location. Learn more about the day's activities at sciowa.org/earthday.
On January 1, 2013 the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden launched a new beginning. After years of planning, a bold vision, generous community support and a new staff, the Botanical Garden assumed operatorship of a 34-year old conservatory and 14 acres of land bordering the Des Moines River. Armed with a mission of exploring, explaining and celebrating the world of plants, we are a garden now. The Botanical Garden is a 501(c)(3) privately governed, not-for-profit institution with ten years of operating support at $645,000 per year from the City of Des Moines, Des Moines Water Works and Bravo Greater Des Moines. In addition, the Phase II Endowment goal will grow the total endowment to $3.6 million.