Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day 2013

Where did Earth Day start?

Earth Day Flag
NASA image of Earth
The April 22 Earth Day, founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson, was first organized in 1970 to promote ecology and respect for life on the planet as well as to encourage awareness of the growing problems of air, water and soil pollution.

Some people prefer to observe Earth Day around the time of the March equinox. In 1978, American anthropologist Margaret Mead added her support for the equinox Earth Day, founded by John McConnell. She stated that the selection of the March Equinox for Earth Day made planetary observance of a shared event possible

What can you do to show your appreciation for Earth?

You can honor Earth Day by showing your awareness of environmental issues and by letting others know what they can do to make a difference. Some suggestions:
  1. Pick up litter and roadside trash
  2. Reduce, Reuse & Recycle all day long
  3. Recycle, conducting various programs for recycling and conservation, using recyclable containers for snacks and lunches.
  4. Turn off the water when you brush your teeth, turn off lights when leaving rooms
  5. Switch to online bill payments
  6. Use public transportation, Car pool or Ride a bike to work 
  7. Turn down your water heater,
  8. Install energy efficient light bulbs 
  9. Plant a tree or serveral trees 
  10. Sign petitions to governments, calling for stronger or immediate action to stop global warming and to reverse environmental destruction
  11. Use energy efficient light bulbs
  12. Use earth friendly cleaning products
  13. Walk, Hike, Ride a bike
  14. Crack open a window, reduce the use of airconditioners running all day
  15. Go outside and Play, instead of watching tv and on computer

If you stop to think about it, there are dozens of ways you can lighten your load on the environment and promote a healthy ecosystem. Every day is Earth Day!! Anything to help our environment is a perfect thing to do on Earth Day and every day. Don't restrict yourself to just one day a year; learn about how you can make a difference to environmental protection all the time. And put it into practice - every day!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Spring Break & April School Vacation Week Events

April School Vacation – Shark Arts and Science

Monday, April 15 2013 12:30 PM- 02:00 PM
From Monday, April 15 through Friday, April 19 from 12:30-2:00 pm the Cape Cod of Natural History will present the April School Vacation program – Shark Arts and Science. Shark Science will be at 12:30 pm and Shark Arts at 1 pm.

Join the scientists to learn real shark facts and information. Then create your own shark with local artists Leslie Kramer, Laura Abbady and Sally Tucker Levy, using a different medium each day.

The April School Vacation program is free with Museum admission.

Bayside Resort Kids Vacation Fun Week
April School Vacation - (April 12 - 20, 2013)
  • Admission to all scheduled shows and parties (see below)
  • Breakfast with "Elmo", Sponge Bob", and "Tigger"
  • Ice Cream Socials - Build Your Own Sundae!
  • Campfire & Marshmallows at Sunset
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Wii Competitions
  • Cookie Decorating - Arts & Crafts
  • Kids All Day Movie Madness
  • Kid's Karaoke Party
  • Magic Shows & Face Painting
  • Kid's Pizza Parties (Parents Welcome!)
  • Mad Scientist Discovery Shows
  • Family BINGO with Prizes
  • Pool Games and Prizes
  • PJ Movie Party
  • Parents Happy Hour - Moby Dick Poolside Pub

    Friday, April 12, 2013

    Patriot's Day 2013

    In Massachusetts, 236 years after the famous “Shot heard ‘round the world,” residents and visitors alike are still celebrating the momentous Battles of Lexington and Concord. Patriots Day, a state holiday established in 1969 to commemorate the opening battles of the American Revolutionary War, is observed on the third Monday in April to coincide with the public school system’s April Vacation. Festivities stretch over an entire weekend with parades, reenactments and commemorative ceremonies in Boston, Lexington, Concord and surrounding towns. We invite you to explore this page, Mass Vacation to find out how you can experience it!


    Patriots' Day commemorates the Battle of Lexington on April 19, 1775. Since 1969 this day has been observed on the third Monday in April. In 2013, Patriots' Day will be observed on Monday April 15, 2013. The re-enactment of the Battle of Lexington will be held on the Lexington Green starting at 5:30am, the time of the original battle. This year, because this is Lexington's 300th Anniversary, the Patriot's Day Parade will be held on Sunday, April 14th starting at 2pm. For more info visit The Lexington Minutemen
    Lexington Battle Re-Enactment

    "Listen my children and you shall hear
    Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
    On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
    Hardly a man is now alive
    Who remembers that famous day and year
     (continue reading this famouds poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)