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April 22, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

** Due to the threat of rain, all Earth Day Festival activities will take place inside the museum.  ""

The Virginia Museum of Natural History and Martinsville City Parks and Recreation, along with community partners, are ready to host the annual Earth Day festival on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum.

The free festival encourages residents to get outside and celebrate our planet with games, crafts, live animals, guided trail hikes, wildlife identification, environmentally friendly balloon animals, face painting, and temporary tattoos.  The festival also includes live music by Kim and Jimbo Cary, who perform using all-natural instruments that children can use to play alongside them.  Food will be available for purchase.

This year, the museum is a proud partner of the global March for Science movement, which aims to bring attention and support to the vital role science plays in health, safety, economies, and governments.  At 2 p.m., the museum will host a march of its own in and around the museum to show its support for the sciences on a global scale.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join the march and show their support for the movement!  A free registration formcan be completed at the official March for Science website, but registration is not required to participate.

"Martinsville is one of 8 localities in Virginia that are hosting satellite marches in support of science," said Christy Deatherage, education manager at the Virginia Museum of Natural History.  "We feel it's not only important for the museum to show its support for the movement, but also to give the public the opportunity to participate in such a great cause."

The Earth Day festival is a product of the museum’s Martinsville and Henry County Community Nature Network, which works with community partners to help residents reconnect with the outdoors.

“Providing outdoor programming and events is a priority of the museum’s educational initiative,” said Deatherage.  “Studies have consistently shown a disconnect with nature, especially in young children, and events like the Earth Day Festival have been designed to help change that.  We're hoping for great weather and that everyone will join us for a great day outdoors."

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