Cleaning coast lines, restoring oyster reefs, teaching green tips at environmental events, and hosting interactive educational experiences at the parks are just a few ways SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks across the U.S. are getting involved this Earth Day.
On Friday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23, SeaWorld Orlando educators will engage guests with interactive educational experiences throughout the park. Guests can pick up an Earth Day passport at the first participating exhibit they visit and receive animal cutouts at each successive location. Each area has exciting opportunities to learn about animals, ecosystems, conservation and more.
On Saturday April 23, SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa volunteers will help Tampa Bay Watch restore oyster reefs on Weedon Preserve in St. Petersburg, Fla.
SeaWorld will show San Diegans what the park’s Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Program is all about during the 21st annual EarthFair in Balboa Park, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 17. Some of the park’s animal care specialists will be on hand to talk about how SeaWorld rescues an average of 200 stranded sea lions, seals, pelicans and other marine species each year, giving a second chance to animals that would otherwise not survive. The interactive booth will include a game that illustrates how ocean animals get injured by items such as fishing hooks and plastic trash bags and kids will also get to see SeaWorld’s rescue truck. San Diego’s EarthFair in Balboa Park is the largest free annual environmental fair in the world. For more information, visit www.earthdayweb.org.
SeaWorld will join volunteers from all over the county for this year’s I Love a Clean San Diego’s Creek to Bay Cleanup, 9 a.m. to noon, April 30. As one of the site captains of the event, SeaWorld will oversee the cleaning of the Mission Bay-South Shores Boat Launch. Since its inception in 2003, the Creek to Bay Cleanup has drawn more than 17,000 volunteers, who have removed close to one million pounds of trash and recyclables, covering 679 miles of San Diego’s inland areas and coastal shorelines. SeaWorld’s participation is part of the park’s Green Week 2011 activities. For more information, or to register for the Creek to Bay Cleanup, visit www.creektobay.org.
On April 22 Busch Gardens and Water Country USA will participate in the annual Earth Day Fair in Yorktown. Participants will learn how to live green and what green initiatives are in place at local businesses like the parks. The fair also features free on-site document shredding and electronic equipment recycling.