Virginia Beach Parks & Rec Kicks Off Virtual Earth Day 50th Anniversary Celebration

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – After canceling its annual Earth Day Celebration at Mount Trashmore amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation (VBPR) is launching a virtual Earth Day experience to commemorate this year's 50th anniversary. From the comfort of home, citizens can visit VBgov.com/EarthDay to explore virtual learning experiences, find DIY activities and helpful resource lists, and test their environmental knowledge by taking online quizzes for the chance to win prizes. VBPR will also be hosting a nature photo contest on its Facebook page from April 20-27.

The virtual Earth Day site is loaded with things for all ages to explore including a short video on Mount Trashmore Park's evolution from a landfill to the most visited park in Virginia Beach, and an "ED Talk" (educational talk) from Frank Walker, the president of the Norfolk Beekeepers. Visitors will also find links to take virtual field trips to The Virginia Aquarium, Brock Environmental Center, Stumpy Lake Natural Area, and our country's national parks.

With all of these educational activities and incredible resources available in one place, Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation and its partners from Virginia Beach Public Works - Waste Management Division and the Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission hope that citizens will take the opportunity to learn and implement new ways to make a positive impact on our planet, and particularly, our local environment.

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About Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation

Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation strives to promote healthy lifestyles and protect the City's coastal environment, as well as to ensure all residents – regardless of their physical, social and economic circumstances – can access Parks & Recreation programs. The department's vision is to be the national leader in providing enriching and memorable lifelong experiences. Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is accredited by CAPRA, the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association. For more information, visit VBgov.com/parks or call (757) 385-1100 (TTY: 757-711 Virginia Relay). Sign up for Parks & Rec email newsletters at VBgov.com/eNews. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/VBparksrec.

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