About Us

Get your Groove on at the Third Annual Planet Earth Celebration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 6, 2010      
Environment, Education, Travel Editors. Images Available
Contact: emelia.cowans@naturalsciences.org; 919.733.7450, ext. 305

RALEIGH — Come rain or come shine, celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with a 1970s-themed green festival dedicated to sustainable living. The third annual Planet Earth Celebration takes place inside and outside the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh on Saturday, April 17 from 11 am to 5 pm. Free.

This event, sponsored by and developed in collaboration with Burt’s Bees, offers a perfect way for the local community to have fun while they learn about the many opportunities for living lightly on the planet. Visit the Green Home educational tent to get expert construction, remodeling and landscaping advice; pick up a free tree sapling from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources tent; or shop for eco-smart products and food at the Green Bazaar. Additionally, Burt’s Bees will hold its Annual Tent Sale, featuring Burt’s Bees essentials at special Earth Day prices.

Attendees are encouraged to enter the Groovy Get-ups contest (and win prizes for best retro or recycled outfit), try your hand at Behemoth Bowling with the largest urban tumbleweed this side of the local landfill, place your right hand on green while playing Twister Yoga, or fall in line with your own musical accompaniment in one of two afternoon Trash Marches. Between activities, rump shake to live music from Countdown Quartet, Big Fat Gap and ‘70s cover band The Wusses on the Jones Street stage. Get a sneak peek at Redress Raleigh, a local fashion show that helps spread the word about eco-friendly designers and students, or check out the winning models from this year’s Sustainable Design Competition, which pushes college and university students statewide to learn and apply the lessons of sustainable design and construction.

The Museum also encourages event attendees to employ fuel-efficient methods of transportation by walking, riding a bike, or taking the bus to and from the event. To help, Capital Area Transit (CAT) is providing free downtown Raleigh bus rides all day Saturday. You can also bring your own water bottle to fill on site and a reusable tote. Additional support and planning for this event were provided by the City of Raleigh and NC State University.

For more information, visit www.naturalsciences.org or www.planetearthcelebration.com .

Media Contacts: Jon Pishney, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, 919.733.7450 x304, or Gabrielle Prohn, Burt’s Bees, 919.433.4579. 

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 West Jones St., Raleigh, documents and interprets the natural history of the state of through exhibits, research, collections, publications and educational programming. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 am–5 pm and Sunday, Noon–5 pm. General admission is free. The Museum is an agency of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Dee Freeman, Secretary.

Burt’s Bees (Durham, NC) has been offering distinctive earth-friendly, natural personal care products for 25 years. From a beekeeper’s backyard in Maine to the leading edge of natural, Burt’s Bees knows natural body care solutions from head to toe.  Burt’s Bees has approximately 400 employees with products available in the United States and nearly 20 markets worldwide as well as on its website www.burtsbees.com.