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monarch butterfly Alabama Extension's Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs Unit is partnering with the City of Huntsville's Operation Green Team to observe Earth Day 2014. The grand event will be held on Saturday, April 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at J. D. and Annie S. Hays Nature Preserve located on US Highway 431 east of Huntsville.

As part of the festivities, Urban Affairs will sponsor the "Butterfly Release." Monarchs, tiger and spicebush swallowtails, painted ladies, and other varieties of butterflies will be released on the Hays Preserve with the aid of public officials, Extension administrators, and the general public at 12:00 noon on April 12. In addition, attendees will have a chance to view more than 70 exhibits and participate in other hands-on activities.

"This year instead of coordinating the Green Living Expo, Urban Affairs partnered with Huntsville's Operation Green Team for Earth Day activities. With more than 5,000 people expected to attend, this partnership allows us to promote Extension programs and services to a much wider audience," said Regional Extension Specialist Robert Spencer. Spencer is chairing the Earth Day activity along with Extension specialists Dr. Karnita Garner and Dr. Roger Richardson.

Admission is free and parking is available in the VIP Field. Click here for directions to the Hays Nature Preserve. Families are encouraged to pack a picnic lunch or visit vendor selections, and to bring reusable water bottles to fill at the water stations.

For more information, or for an update on Earth Day activities, please visit www.aces.edu/urban or contact Spencer at (256) 689-0274, Garner at 256-372-8331, or Richardson at 256-372-4966.​


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