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Crystal Coast Earth Day Festival April 23

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources and N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will host the second annual Crystal Coast Earth Day Festival April 23 at Fort Macon State Park in Carteret County.

The event will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the new Coastal Education and Visitor Center, 2300 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. Admission and activities are free.

More than 15 local organizations will offer the best variety of Earth Day fun and learning. A Bag’s Life will be there with buttons and tip cards to promote recycling plastic bags and wraps.

Other sponsors will display products or programs that celebrate a clean and healthy planet. Each booth will provide hands-on activities. Fun and informative presentations will be held every 30 minutes in the auditorium of the visitor center. A scavenger hunt will motivate participants to practice their own Earth-friendly actions at home. Event sponsor Kinetco Water Systems will provide visitors with free drinking water in compostable cornstarch cups. Local band Tobacco Roses will perform at the event.

One of the festival’s founders, the N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, will display local marine invertebrates in a traveling touch tank. Visitors also can learn how to recycle oyster shells and how whales and horses adapt to survive in local environments, and about Carteret County’s excellent environmental and conservation work.

In addition to the aquarium, other agencies that founded the festival will return for its second year. Those groups include the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort, the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center on Harkers Island, N.C. Division of Coastal Management’s Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve, N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries and Fort Macon State Park.