The 47th annual Youth Environmental Day is scheduled for Saturday, May 15, 2010 at North Bend State Park in Cairo, W.Va. The event, which draws more than 1,000 young people from across the state each year, is sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.
Co-sponsors include Quad Graphics, Inc., Toyota Motor Manufacturing of West Virginia, Inc., Go Mart Corporation, the West Virginia Coal Association, Pepsi Cola and Waste Management.
On Friday evening, May 14, participants camping overnight will have a short program followed by a movie at 8 p.m. at North Bend’s Shelter No. 3. The Youth Environmental Day awards ceremony will be held Saturday, May 15, also at Shelter No. 3 and will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a parade of youth groups. Invited to attend are Randy Huffman, DEP cabinet secretary; Kathy Cosco, DEP communications director; Danny Haught, REAP chief; Pat Nestor, West Virginia University Extension Service; Steve Jones, superintendent of North Bend State Park, and others.
Appearances will be made by Smokey the Bear, Eddie Eagle, Ralph the Recycling Raccoon, Eco the Owl, and Thunder, the American Bald Eagle from the Raptor Rehabilitation Center in Morgantown.
Awards totaling more than $11,000 will be presented on Saturday. Youth group members will receive these awards for their participation in community environmental projects that include litter cleanups, recycling drives, school beautification projects, tree planting, backyard composting, wildlife management, watershed protection and much more.
“The work these young people do is inspiring,” Secretary Huffman said. “They are making contributions toward a better environment for all West Virginians through projects that enhance their communities.”
Many exhibits also will be on display. There will be a fishing derby, volleyball game, recycling crafts and a hike on the rail trail following the awards presentation at 3 p.m. A dance is scheduled at Shelter 3 Saturday night at 8. For more information about Youth Environmental Day, please call Diana Haid at 304-926-0499, Ext. 1114 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .