Earth Fest powered by BP happensSaturday, March 20, and Sunday, March 21, 2010, at Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine Street in New Orleans. Earth Fest is a New Orleans family tradition and a fun way for Zoo visitors to learn about saving the environment.
Exhibitors include groups from non-profit, government, and private businesses, all of them involved in a wide range of environmental issues. Zoo visitors are encouraged to spend time with the exhibitors, engaging in dialogue and exploring issues at the forefront of conservation efforts.
Local restaurants and caterers will sell taste-tempting fare such as shrimp and cheddar/bacon grits, BBQ ribs, eggplant with crawfish sauce, onion mums, crawfish and spinach boat, hand-dipped Louisiana strawberries, and hot dogs and hamburgers for the kids.
Artisans showcase unique handmade items such as semi-precious stone pendants, jewelry from recycled materials, hand beaded jewelry, New Orleans themed coasters, magnets, fleur de lis designs on purses and other items, wood-carved baskets and cutting boards.
EARTH FEST 2010 ENTERTAINMENT LINE UP (CAPITAL ONE STAGE)
Saturday, March 20
Christian Serpas & Ghost Town 1:00pm – 2:30pm
The Vieux Carre’ Band Featuring Rachel Fleetwood 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Sunday, March 21
Winners of the 2009 Ronald McDonald
House Crescent City Talent Showcase 10:00am – 12:00pm
John Mooney & Bluesiana 1:00pm – 2:30pm
The Blue Meanies 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Audubon Zoo’s Education Department combines coffee with conservation by serving shade grown, fair trade hot and cold coffee at Earth Fest. All revenue from Education Department coffee sales will benefit Audubon Zoo’s Conservation Education programs, which include teaching materials, small grants and partnerships in South America and Africa.
LA Fete, a gathering of 50 professional face painters from around the country, will offer free face painting during Earth Fest at the Audubon Zoo on Sunday, March 21, 2010, from 2pm - 4pm. Although the face painting is free, the group will graciously accept donations on behalf of earthquake relief in both Haiti and Chile.
BP America will host an information booth highlighting their conservation programming, Home Depot presents hands-on crafting fun for kids and grown-ups alike, and everyone can play the Earth Quest game by finding out important environmental facts to win prizes.
Earth Fest is powered by BP America, Inc. Other sponsors include Home Depot.
BP is the largest producer of oil and natural gas in the United States. An important and growing part of that production comes from the Gulf of Mexico, where BP has been a leading operator for more than 15 years. In Louisiana, BP is a major onshore oil and gas producer; with a redevelopment focus in the southern areas of the Tuscaloosa gas trend in Point Coupee and Lafayette parishes. The company’s operations in Louisiana also include a logistics center in Houma for the deepwater offshore assets, as well as gasoline marketing, pipeline operations, and a lubricant oils manufacturing plant in Port Allen.
BP, through heritage companies Amoco, Arco and BP, has a combined history in Louisiana that extends more than 100 years. BP’s partnerships in the area of environmental stewardship and conservation have included the Rigs to Reef program; the Louisiana chapter of The Nature Conservancy; and donation of the 70,000-acre White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana.
Admission to Earth Fest is included in regular admission to Audubon Zoo, which is $13.50 for adults, $8.50 for children ages 2-12 and $10.50 for seniors 65 years of age and over. Audubon Zoo members are admitted free of charge. Festival hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. No outside food or beverage is allowed at zoo special events and festivals.
Audubon Nature Institute operates parks and museums in New Orleans dedicated to Celebrating the Wonders of Nature, including Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Entergy IMAX® Theatre, Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species, Freeport-McMoRan Audubon Species Survival Center, Wilderness Park, Woldenberg Riverfront Park, Audubon Park, and its newest attraction, Audubon Insectarium.
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