Fun For All: EarthFest 2010 at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - On Sunday, April 18 at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Earth Day Coalition will present their 21st annual EarthFest celebration and Walk or Bike for the Earth.

The event is confirmed as the longest running Earth Day festival in the nation and Ohio's largest environmental education event. This year, EarthFest also coincides with the 40th anniversary of the very first Earth Day event in 1970.

Cleveland will join London, Mumbai, Sydney, Rio, Tokyo, and a host of other cities around the world in showcasing climate change solutions and making a clear call to action.

Earth Day Coalition's EarthFest 2010 will feature over 175 exhibitors working to create sustainable environmental solutions in areas like Clean Transportation, Renewable Energy, Green Home Improvement, Health and Wellness and Local and Organic Foods. Other exhibit and activity areas will feature innovations in the non-profit sector, environmental science, and family-focused fun and education.

What's Up at EarthFest 2010:

• Unveiling of the new permanent Rain Garden Exhibit in partnership between North East Ohio Regional Sewer District, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, and Earth Day Coalition.

• Grab a free, reusable Walmart shopping bag.

• Family Fun Area with dozens of hands-on, eco-friendly arts, crafts, and activities for the whole family, including afternoon performances by Radio Disney.

• A dozen alternative fuel vehicles and clean transportation technologies.

• Participate in the Eco Safari and get stamps in the Passport to a Cleaner Environment. Exchange your completed passport for a free energy saving light bulb.

• The latest in Green Home Improvement and Alternative Energy.

• Innovators in the Local and Organic Food movement.

• Live entertainment featuring local, award winning artists: Ecliptic, The Speedbumps, Waterband, and Winslow.

• Join Earth Day Coalition and enter to win a Trek 7000 Hybrid Bike.

• Zoo will be effectively wind-powered for EarthFest 2010.

Admission: Regular zoo admission. $10.00 for adults. $7.00 for kids 2-11. Under 2 free.

 Free Admission for those who:

1. Ride the free-fare, RTA Clean-Air bus between Public Square and the zoo, or

2. Register for the educational fundraiser, "Walk or Bike for the Earth."

Walk or Bike for the Earth: takes place in the morning of Sunday, April 18, prior to the opening of EarthFest. Registered participants receive free admission to EarthFest 2010 as well as refreshments and light breakfast at the Walk or Bike Reception Tent in the zoo amphitheater.

For those who Walk for the Earth, registration and sign-in begins at 7:00 am at the tram stop behind the Zoo's Rainforest Building. From there, participants will embark on a 5-mile nature hike through the Brookside Reservation that will loop back to the zoo. Along the way, participants will learn about the zoo's composting and recycling projects, as well as nature preservation, water testing, and more.

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