Yellowstone National Park Celebrates Earth Day 2014

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Date: April 15, 2014

National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior

Yellowstone National Park
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
   
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 15, 2014            14-022    

Al Nash or Dan Hottle
(307) 344-2015
YELL_Public_Affairs@nps.gov

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Yellowstone National Park Celebrates Earth Day 2014

Yellowstone National Park, the Yellowstone Environmental Coordinating Committee (YECC) and community partners in and around Gardiner, Montana, will celebrate the 44th anniversary of Earth Day starting April 19, with community cleanups, waste collection and recycling events, demonstrations, games, information on local and national environmental initiatives and much more.

Gardiner, Montana, events:

Saturday, April 19 at Arch Park and the Yellowstone Association:

• 9am-4pm: “Trash Amnesty Day” at the Gardiner Green Boxes. (Call 406-223-2135 for details.)
• 9am-Noon: Drop donations at Community Closet truck located at the Yellowstone Association.
• 10am-noon: Community Clean-up Opportunities and E-waste collection at Arch Park.
• Noon: FREE community BBQ at Arch Park.
• 1-2:30pm: Eco-themed educational opportunities at the Yellowstone Association, including recycled crafts, puppet show, story time and face painting, Master Gardener information and demonstration, compost giveaway (bring your own bucket or bag!) and a bear-proof trash can giveaway.

Saturday, April 26

• 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.: In collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Medcor and the National Park Service will host a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in the Yellowstone Association Building.

All Earth Day activities are free of charge and take place in several of Yellowstone’s gateway communities over the course of the weekends surrounding Earth Day. For questions or volunteer opportunities, please call Dylan Hoffman at (307) 344-5204.

The YECC is a collaborative environmental committee consisting of National Park Service, Xanterra Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies, Medcor, Yellowstone Park Service Stations, Yellowstone Association, and Yellowstone Park Foundation representatives that focuses on sustainability issues in and around Yellowstone National Park.

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Did You Know?

Fire in Yellowstone Pineland in 1988

The 1988 fires affected 793,880 acres or 36 percent of the park. Five fires burned into the park that year from adjacent public lands. The largest, the North Fork Fire, started from a discarded cigarette. It burned more than 410,000 acres.

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