Cherry, White, & Green at EarthFest

April 24, 2009 3:51:39 PM PDT
Temple Ambler hosted EarthFest.

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Temple Ambler's campus was packed for their seventh annual EarthFest. About 15,000 people learned about the importance of protecting our planet and the creatures that call earth home.

"There's a lot of activities that people want to know how to do and there are exhibitors showing you how to do it," the Director of Center for Sustainable Communities, Dr. Jeff Featherstone, said.

Games and activities kept kids entertained all over campus.

Everything here is educational, like the exhibit that turns table scraps into compost.

"It's very easy. The worms just do it for you and you don't need to do a lot of stuff. It's like they're your workers and they work for you," Maya Wyss-Flamm of the Worm Breeders of Mount Airy said.

The Franklin made electricity out of thin air.

"It was pretty impressive," Alexandria Cox of Maple Glen Elementary said.

Of course, the biggest stars at EarthFest are the live animals.

The Philadelphia Zoo showed off some of their biggest birds of prey at the "beaks and bills" exhibit.

The Elmwood Park Zoo introduced everyone to endangered species, such as the terrapin that lives locally.

"We're giving away extruders that you can put in your crab traps, so they don't get into the crab traps and drown and we're showing ways scientists are putting little fences up so they don't cross the road," the volunteer coordinator of the Elmwood Park Zoo, Cindy Geiger-Jenkins, said.

Nearly 90 exhibitors had one goal in mind to teach young people to be kind to the earth.

"We're training eco-monsters, so they can go home and bug their parents," Featherstone said.

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