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posted: 4/20/2012 2:05 PM

Celebrate Earth Day at Bartlett Nature Center

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  • Nikki Greco, from left, Lindsey David and Kayla Greco get up close and personal with an alligator from Jim Nesci's Cold Blooded Creatures show.

      Nikki Greco, from left, Lindsey David and Kayla Greco get up close and personal with an alligator from Jim Nesci's Cold Blooded Creatures show.
    Courtesy of Bartlett Park District

 
Submitted by Bartlett Park District

Join in the free Earth Day Celebration presented by the Bartlett Nature Center and Bartlett Parks Foundation from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Bartlett Nature Center, 2054 W. Stearns Road in the James "Pate" Philip State Park.

The event includes a variety of hands-on exhibits, educational shows and environmental groups and recycling services.

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From 2-4 p.m., Jim Nesci and a variety of animals, including an alligator, will be on-site for his Cold Blooded Creatures show. Entertaining and educational, you will have the opportunity to experience his hands-on approach with reptiles and learn about the conservation of animals. Cold Blooded Creatures is sponsored by Bartlett Parks Foundation.

Urimusic Pottery will have a mobile pottery studio on-site and will give pottery demonstrations. Bring out the artist in yourself and come watch Curt Buetuhe work.

Other educational performers include Husky Forge, which will demonstrate blacksmithing. The DuPage Valley Settlers, the Boy and Girl Scouts, as well as community groups with hands on activities will be present. There will also be music and games from 101.9 THE MIX.

As of Jan. 1, 2012, all electronic items were banned from the garbage. The new recycling law means that computers, old tube televisions, VCRS and DVD players, video games and nearly all other electronics will carry a fine if disposed of in your garbage.

Vintage Tech Recycling will be accepting your old electronics for recycling. For full listing of acceptable items visit, www.bartlettparks.org/Nature-center/pdfs/AcceptedItemsList2012.pdf.

Zeus Battery Products will also be on location accepting any type of battery under one pound for recycling.

This Earth Day Celebration is free; however, donations to the nature center are always appreciated. For details, call Dan Mitchell at (847) 608-3100.

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