People across the country will be celebrating Mother Earth this month. Many communities will be observing Earth Week – a week-long celebration to inspire awareness and appreciation of the environment – and having some fun at the same time. And others will be commemorating the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22nd.
I’ll be celebrating by helping hundreds of kids learn to cast and fish at the Family and Youth Casting Call in Washington, DC on April 24th. This annual fishing event – timed with the annual shad run in the Potomac each April – is held at Fletcher’s Cove on the C&O Canal National Historical Park. More than 200 feet of the Canal is stocked with 1,200 pumpkinseed sunfish before the event; so everyone has a chance to catch fish. Kids get to explore hands-on education stations to earn their National Park Service Junior Ranger Badge. There will also be more than 40 displays and activities on site. The idea? Help kids and families make a connection between having fun outdoors and caring for our environment.
Many people don’t realize that participation in boating and fishing plays a vital in protecting our waterways. When you purchase a fishing license, fishing tackle, or even motorboat supplies, that money directly supports your state fish and wildlife projects. We like to call it “Conservation through Participation.”
And if Earth Week isn’t a good enough excuse to spend some time outside, all 392 national parks will be offering free admission in celebration of National Park Week (from April 17-April 25). Many national park concessionaires are offering special promotions to help make the experience a memorable one.
So what will you be doing to celebrate Earth Week?