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Palomar Mountain State Park celebrates Earth Day


April 09, 2014
The official date of Earth Day 2014 is Tuesday, April 22nd, but like many parks around the country, Palomar Mountain State Park is celebrating Earth Day, Sunday, April 27th from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. This year, Earth Day for Palomar Mountain has been established as a Service Day to beautify the park. The special event will be a work day for grooming and maintaining the park's historic apple orchard. Volunteers will help mulch and weed the orchard and work to combat invasive plant species in the park such as mullein and bull-thistle.

A special Litter Getter program is being offered for kids ten-years-old and under with parental supervision. The program is a self-guided activity for families with young children. Registration is not required. Admission to the park is free for the first 25 kids who say Litter Getter when signing in. Parents must sign a waiver. Those interested in participating may arrive any time after 8:00 a.m. The Earth Day schedule is: 8:30 a.m. Sign-in is

8:45 a.m. The safety talk is from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Afterwards and for the remainder of the day, is for enjoying the park. There is free day use for those who volunteer to work at the park.

Suggested clothing for the work day includes long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and gloves. Leather gloves work best for thistle removal. Closed-toe shoes or boots are recommended. Also bring a hat, water, and sun block. Check the weather report and dress appropriately. If there is inclement weather, this event will be canceled.

For the work day, volunteers must register for this event and registration is limited to 20 people.

Each year, Earth Day on April 22 marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement, which began in 1970. Capitalizing on the emerging consciousness, Earth Day 1970 channeled the energy of the Vietnam War Protest Movement and put environmental concerns at the forefront.

Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day, created this, after witnessing the devastation of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, Nelson infused that energy with a public consciousness about water and air pollution, putting environmental protection into the national political agenda. As a result, on April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans demonstrated in parks, streets, and auditoriums for a healthy sustainable environment. The First Earth Day led to the passage of the Endangered Species Act, passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water Act, and the formation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Earth Day 2014 is celebrated at Palomar Mountain State Park located at 19952 State Park Road, Palomar Mountain. For more information, contact Friends of Palomar Mountain State Park at (951) 265-6385.

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Michael Robledo