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A daylong event focused on alternative transportation will take place on Saturday, April 26

BAR HARBOR, ME – College of the Atlantic (COA) will host its annual Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10 am to 4 pm. The student-organized event will include a Junior Ranger Day with Acadia National Park (ANP), nature excursions, children’s activities, booths, electric car test drives, lectures, yoga, food, and more. Centered on the theme of “Alternative Transportation,” the day will be filled with activities both fun and educational.

Throughout the day there will be story times for children, face painting, hula hooping, massages, a book sale, and a student market. Acadia National Park’s Junior Ranger Day will take place on the COA campus and in ANP. Look for activities in and around the college’s George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History, venture out on some nature walks, and check out booths from Mt. Desert Ice Cream, Milk and Honey, Matsumoto Joe Café, The Bar Harbor Bicycle Shop, 350 Maine, Little Sister’s Youth Art Studio, Earth in Brackets, and the Compost club.

Lectures revolving around climate friendly transportation and alternative energy will take place in the McCormick Lecture Hall. Speakers include Mary Booher with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, Solar Energy System Designer Hans Albee from ReVision Energy, Kristina Egan of Envision Maine, and American Solartechnics President Tom Gocze.

Additionally, COA community members will also offer their individual expertise. Throughout the day, resident alternative energy guru Alex Pine ’14 will provide an electric car demonstration alongside Darling’s of Bangor, and President Darron Collins ‘92 will lead a bike ride around Park Loop Road from 12-2 pm (anyone interested should bring their own bike). There will be a Plant Walk with COA faculty member Nishanta Rajakaruna from 10 am-12:30 pm that will include walking, talking, and eating plants, and faculty member Sarah Hall will lead a Beach Rock Walk from 2:30 pm-3:30 pm.

Said Lilyanna Sollberger, COA’s Earth Day coordinator, “Every day is Earth Day, so let’s get together and celebrate our mother!”

All activities at College of the Atlantic’s Earth Day celebration are free. Events will take place in and around Gates Community Center, with signs posted on campus for rain locales.

For a complete Earth Day Press Kit, visit http://news.coa.edu/media-resources/earth-day-press-kit. For more information about any of the day’s activities, contact Lilyanna Sollberg at lsollberger@coa.edu.

About College of the Atlantic
College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969 on the premise that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is, to enabling students to actively shape its future. A leader in experiential education and environmental stewardship, COA has pioneered a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to learning—human ecology—that develops the kinds of creative thinkers and doers needed by all sectors of society in addressing the compelling and growing needs of our world. For more information, visit www.coa.edu.