The Alabama Cooperative Extension System's Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs Unit recently partnered with the City of Huntsville's Operation Green Team to
observe Earth Day 2014. The event was held on Saturday, April 12 at the J. D.
and Annie S. Hays Nature Preserve in Huntsville.
With the aid of Urban Extension Specialists
and Earth Day Co-chairs Robert Spencer, Dr. Karnita Garner, and Dr. Roger
Richardson, Urban Affairs was able to market Extension programs to a much wider
As part of the festivities, Urban Extension
sponsored the "Butterfly Release." Monarchs, tiger and spicebush swallowtails,
painted ladies, and other varieties of butterflies were released at Hays
Preserve with the aid of public officials, Extension administrators, and the
general public. In addition, attendees had an opportunity to view more than 70
exhibits and participate in other hands-on activities, including a puppet show
by Fantasy Playhouse with nature-based themes, a bird watching tour, and Alabama
wildlife provided by the Coosa River Science Center.
really added to the variety and quality of the exhibits… and based on several
factors, we estimated that 10,000 attended this year," said Denise Taylor,
Operation Green Team's assistant director for public relations and marketing.
Operation Green Team was founded in 1977, and is a Keep America Beautiful affiliate, that strives to inform and motivate the community to keep Huntsville beautiful through environmental conservation efforts.
For more information about Urban Extension's environmental programs, please contact Dr. Karnita Garner at (256) 372-8331.
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