April 22: Kids Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Earth Day
Kids’ Virtual Field Trip Web Site MeetMeAtTheCorner.org Observes with a Field Trip, Interviews and Activities
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (April 13, 2010) – April 22, 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, a day designed to inspire awareness and appreciation for the earth’s environment. Meet Me At The Corner (MeetMeAtTheCorner.org), a kids’ virtual field trip Web site, is celebrating with a pod cast about hiking and bird watching in Colorado Springs’ Aiken Canyon Preserve. The episode also includes a variety of activities and interviews intended to promote environmental interest among kids all year long. MeetMeAtTheCorner.org combines the content that educators and parents trust with the delivery method that today’s kids embrace.
Led by 10-year-old reporter Benjy, the on-line video “field trip” introduces children to the 100+ species that inhabit the preserve, its unique ecosystem, and the history of ornithologist Charles Aiken. Rounding out the episode is an interview with Phil Kendall, the past chairman of the Nature Conservancy in Colorado, who shares how kids can get involved in hiking.
To help localize the content, MeetMeAtTheCorner.org’s “Learning Corner” provides parents and teachers with a variety of episode-specific resources, activities and guided questions that meet national- and state-based educational standards.
Meet Me At The Corner also suggests the following five ways kids can actively participate in Earth Day...on April 22 and all year long:
“We hope that the Aiken Canyon Preserve pod cast inspires kids to get out and explore the natural treasures in their community...on Earth Day and throughout the year,” says Donna Guthrie, award-winning children’s author and founder of Meet Me At The Corner.
- Use less water. Take showers instead of baths and turn off the tap when brushing your teeth.
- No-pollute commute. Walk or bike to school to reduce air pollution and save on fuel costs.
- Save electricity. Turn off all lights and appliances when not in use.
- Reduce, reuse, recycle. Buy/eat fresh snacks that use less packaging. Take a reusable bag on shopping trips.
- E-Cycle. Keep old computers and electronics out of the landfill by taking them to a recycling center.
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About MeetMeAtTheCorner.Org: Meet Me At The Corner takes children on virtual field trips to meet fascinating people and visit inspirational places throughout the world. New educational, kid-friendly episodes are uploaded every two weeks. Each episode includes links to fun and educational Web sites, video book reviews for kids by kids, and a Learning Corner that provides follow-up questions for on- and off-line study.