Friday, April 9, 2010

No Child Left Inside Upcoming Events

Two Great Opportunities to Get Kids Outside in Honor of Earth Day:
National Coalition Earth Day Tools to Ensure No Child is Left Inside
April 24th Garrett’s Light Earth Day Family Music & Kite Festival Promoting No Child Left Inside

National No Child Left Inside Coalition Call to Action
The National No Child Left Inside Coalition has partnered with Earth Day Network to call on parents, teachers, and schools across the country to take kids outside to learn on the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, 2010. Please help us spread the word, in the hope that every student across the country will have the opportunity to learn outside on Earth Day:

1. Click here to post this video on your web site to promote the call to learn outside on Earth Day! (
2. Spread the word: Tell your members, schools, teachers, and parents in your community to remind them to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day by taking students outside to learn on April 22, 2010.
3. Register your own Earth Day event! Visit to register your Earth Day event as part of the No Child Left Inside/Earth Day Network national campaign to promote environmental and outdoor learning -- an easy way to gain local support and increase awareness of NCLI legislation. You can also email to be registered.
4. Use our easy toolkit! An online toolkit of resources for Earth Day events, including a media advisory, outdoor activities, and other materials can be found online at:

Garrett’s Light Earth Day Family, Music & Kite Festival Promoting No Child Left Inside
Saturday April 24th, 2010 10:00-5:30
Quiet Waters Park Annapolis, MD 21403

Enjoy a day in nature with family and friends to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day and promote No Child Left Inside! This festival is being presented by Garrett’s Light, a non-profit organization founded in honor of the short life of a small boy who loved playing and exploring outside and whose memory is lighting the way for future generations to love, enjoy and preserve our environment. Supported by a partnership between Garrett’s Light, Anne Arundel County Parks and Recreation, Friends of Quiet Waters Park and 103.1 FM WRNR, the event will feature many state and local organizations and activities including: live music on two stages; kite flying; hot air balloon rides; the Sierra Club 5K race; interactive nature activities; scales and tales, horseshoe crab and native critter displays; presentations of environmental projects by public and private schools, and more! Garrett’s Light kites (10a-4p), hot air balloon rides (11a-4p) and food and beverages will be available for purchase to continue to raise funds to support environmental education within the park and a new park attraction, the Reading and Butterfly Garden. Admission is free and park entrance fees will be waived. For a full list of activities including an event schedule and times, go to or where you can also pre-order an Arlington Echo Rain Barrel and pick it up that day if you order it by April 10. The rain barrels are being sold at a discount, plus $20 for each barrel will be donated back to Garrett's Light.

We hope to see you all outside to celebrate Earth Day 2010 and to encourage teachers, families and communities to make sure that No Child is Left Inside on Earth Day…or any day.

1 comment:

NOBIAH said...

– 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 (, 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. combines the content that educators and parents trust with the delivery method that today’s kids embrace.

Led by ten 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 Kendal, the past chairman of the Nature Conservancy in Colorado, who shares how kids can get involved in hiking.

To help localize the content,’s “Learning Corner” provides parents and teachers 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:

1. Use less water. Take showers instead of baths and turn off the tap when brushing your teeth.
2. No-pollute commute. Walk or bike to school to reduce air pollution and save on fuel costs.
3. Save electricity. Turn off all lights and appliances when not in use.
4. Reduce, reuse, recycle. Buy/eat fresh snacks that use less packaging. Take a reusable bag on shopping trips.
5. E-Cycle. Keep old computers and electronics out of the landfill by taking them to a recycling center.