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Travel the World at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center

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Join your friends and neighbors in celebrating “Earth Day Around the World” at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center (GEHC) on April 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Earth Day originated as a way to bring awareness and appreciation to the natural environment,” said Jason West, director of development at the GEHC. “I can”t think of a better way to celebrate than by spending time exploring, playing, and learning at the GEHC.”

Visitors will enjoy a wide range of activities, including games, guided nature hikes, crafts, solar t-shirt screening, face painting and much more.

In addition, special programming will allow you to dissect an owl pellet, meet a real life Great Horned Owl and discover the types of wildlife you can find in your own backyard. Whole Foods Market from Duluth/John”s Creek will provide organic food cooking demonstrations. The Mill Creek High School Orchestra will also perform as it celebrates the beauty of music in the environment.

The date also marks the last day of Your House, My House, which is an interactive, hands-on exhibit exploring houses around the world. Special activities and crafts will showcase the exhibit as well as provide information about how other cultures recognize the importance of protecting the Earth. Your House, My House was created by the Children”s Museum of Memphis and is sponsored locally by Holtkamp Heating and Air Conditioning.

In recognition of the day, there will be a $2.00 discount on regular admission for all ages.# Boy and Girls Scouts and their leaders can attend for a $1.00 and a non-perishable food item if they are dressed in full uniform.# Teachers can also attend for $1.00 and a non-perishable food item with school ID.# (The non-perishable food items will be donated to the Holtkamp Can Challenge for local food banks.) As always, GEHC members are admitted free. There will be an additional $1.00 fee for special activities, including the owl pellet dissection and the Great Horned Owl presentation.

For more details, visit www.gwinnettEHC.org.