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ACUA's Earth Day now monthlong, virtual event

ACUA's Earth Day now monthlong, virtual event

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Earth Day at ACUA

The ACUA's Earth Day Festival was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and will be a monthlong online event in 2021. In this file photo, crowds flock to the 2019 Earth Day Festival hosted by the Atlantic County Utilities Authority in Egg Harbor Township.

Fifty years ago, on April 22, 1970, millions of Americans united across the country to try to bring attention to preserving our environment. The desire to save the earth has not changed, but amid COVID-19 concerns celebrating Earth Day has gone digital.

The Atlantic County Utilities Authority is holding its Earth Day Festival online this year, making it a monthlong, free educational and entertainment event.

“While we certainly miss being able to bring everyone together for what has come to be South Jersey’s largest Earth Day event, we’re very pleased to be able to offer entertainment, workshops and great environmental information during the month of April,” ACUA President Rick Dovey said.

The ACUA Earth Day festival has attracted thousands of people for decades. It was canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic, and was not possible under current outdoor gathering maximums of 200 people.

There is still one in-person feature, however: Community Cleanup Week from April 18 to 24. The ACUA’s Clean Communities program can help provide guidance or supplies to interested families and groups. Visit acua.com/earthmonth to register your Atlantic County group and see COVID-19 and safety guidelines.

Amy Menzel, ACUA communications manager, said it may not be the same as attending a large festival at ACUA’s Environmental Park, but “in many ways, we’re able to offer more, with virtual tours, vegan cooking demonstrations and other activities that are possible with this kind of format.”

All events are free, and new events are being added. Sign up for updates at acua.com/earthmonth.

For kids, among the offerings are a virtual tour of a salt marsh from the Wetlands Institute, a live animal show from Woodford Cedar Run and Jenkinson’s Aquarium, a tour of the Cape May County Zoo, and a presentation on frogs and toads from the Great Egg Harbor Watershed Association.

For adults, there are many programs, including information on raising backyard chickens, beekeeping, foraging, using native plants, birdwatching in Atlantic County and weekly Earth yoga and qigong classes.

Contact Michelle Brunetti Post: 609-272-7219

mpost@pressofac.com

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In my first job after college got paid to read the New York Times and summarize articles for an early online data base. First reporting job was with The Daily Record in Parsippany. I have also worked in nonprofits, and have been with The Press since 1990.

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