Earth Day Challenge in State Parks and Forests
(05/46) TRENTON -- The New Jersey Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) is sponsoring the Earth Day Challenge this Saturday,
April 23, calling for volunteers and organizations to take part
in environmental enhancement projects in New Jersey's state parks
"This week marks the 35th anniversary of Earth Day which
is celebrated nationally," said Commissioner Campbell. "You
can get involved locally. Whether you clear a trail, plant a tree,
or clean up a beach, your involvement on Saturday can make a difference
in protecting New Jersey's precious natural resources."
New Jersey's legacy in identifying environmental problems and
developing creative solutions is well documented. The DEP began
managing natural resources and addressing pollution and contamination
issues throughout the state since its inception. The annual celebration
of Earth Day began 35 years ago on April 22, 1970, when nearly
20 million people nationwide participated in Earth Day festivities.
Earth Day marks the largest grassroots environmental movement
in U.S. history. Citizen involvement on Earth Day has been the
impetus for social change ranging from key federal environmental
legislation to recycling in homes.
Participants in the DEP Earth Day Challenge are encouraged to
wear appropriate clothing for working outdoors. Volunteers should
pre-register by calling the local park office.
The Earth Day Challenge is a good opportunity to earn service
hours for organizations and scouting groups.
The rain date is Sunday, April 24.
For more information or to participate in the Earth Day Challenge,
or contact the following parks:
|Allaire State Park, Farmingdale
| Bass River State Forest, New Gretna
| Cape May Point State Park, Cape May Point
| Cheesequake State Park, Matawan
|| (732) 566-2161
| Island Beach State Park, Seaside Park
|| (732) 793-0506
| Liberty State Park, Jersey City
| Parvin State Park, Pittsgrove
|| (856) 358-8616
| Ringwood State Park, Ringwood
| Round Valley Recreation Area, Lebanon
|Spruce Run Recreation Area, Clinton
| Swartswood State Park, Swartswood
| Voorhees State Park, Glen Gardener
| Washington Crossing State Park, Titusville
| Wharton State Forest, Hammonton
or (609) 268-0444