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America Recycles Day 2013
Each year the youth volunteers in the Junior Entomologist and AquaKid programs host an event at their home facilities to raise awareness of conservation and the importance of recycling.
Volunteers welcomed guests into the Insectarium with a table full of information and access for guests to "Take the Pledge" to recycle. The Junior Entomologists educated the guests on different ways to reuse plastic bags and how to stop receiving junk mail through the postal service. They were also able to speak about the program they participated in over the summer. Youth volunteers take part in the EPA's Waste Free Lunch Program. This program educates the students on how to pack a waste free lunch for school. They learn these skills during volunteer training and continue to use them throughout the school year. The rest of the Insectarium focused on the tiny recyclers of the undergrowth. Presentation areas featured beetles, millipedes, cockroaches, and other decomposers.
The AquaKids were also able to educate the guests of the Aquarium on the importance of conservation and recycling. This year the Aquarium hosted recycled art sculptures by students from Glasgow Middle School. These sculptures were made from recycled sporks and assembled to resemble the white alligator, a porcupine, and a dolphin. AquaKids also demonstrated a worm composting bin and allowed guests to take part in a marine debris activity.
Altogether the youth volunteers were able to get over 100 guests to "Take the Pledge" to recycle.
For more information on how to become a youth volunteer at any of the Audubon facilities, click here. The Junior Entomologist, Junior Naturalist, AquaKid, and Junior Keeper programs are all open for application requests for the 2014 year.