Join Virginia State Parks this Earth Week to Help Save the Pale Blue Dot
Look again at that dot.
… To me, it underscores
to deal more kindly with one another,
and to preserve and cherish
the pale blue dot,
the only home we've ever known.
Pale Blue Dot:
A Vision of the Human Future in Space
Earth from Voyager I, NASA
Our Virginia State Parks represent 70,000 acres, most of those acres preserved in their natural state, owned by and managed for the citizens of Virginia. In addition to conserving this land for our children and our children's children, we also offer the opportunity for visitors to learn the value of keeping these special places for future generations. When you love something you value it and protect it. That is so much what Earth Week is about.
One of the greatest success stories of the environmental movement is the American Bald Eagle. Come out to Mason Neck State Park on April 25 for their annual Eagle Festival.
All 36 of our Virginia State Parks will be offering special programming or volunteer projects related to preserving the environment, recycling, upcycling, developing natural habitats, and beautifying our parks and our planet, Carl Sagan's "tiny blue dot."Click here for a complete listing of our programs and volunteer opportunities for Earth Week, April 17 to 25, 2015.
Virginia State Parks will offer many opportunities for tree planting projects for Earth Week.
From First Landing's Tree Army designed to plant trees to protect sensitive areas,
to a plant one, get one tree planting at James River State Park.
False Cape will be giving seedlings to park visitors to take home. Claytor Lake will be planting mulberry trees and Powhatan and Sailor's Creek will also be planting trees.
Many of the volunteer opportunities are part of the Spring Stewardship Virginia Campaign and participants will receive a certificate from the Governor for participating. Look for the programs marked "Stewardship Virginia."
Caledon State Park will feature its annual
"One Man's Trash is Another Man's Art Contest"
on April 18
Help with our gardens by weeding and planting native flowers and plants at Bear Creek, Douthat, Holliday Lake, Hungry Mother, Shenandoah River and Staunton River state parks.