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For Immediate Release: August 14, 2013

HUNTSVILLE BOTANICAL HOSTS GREEN U - A HOME AND HEALTH INITIATIVE

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HUNTSVILLE BOTANICAL GARDEN                                          August 14, 2013
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Carol Casey
Director of Communications
(256) 830-4447 ext. 290
ccasey@hsvbg.org

For immediate release

HUNTSVILLE BOTANICAL HOSTS GREEN U: A HOME AND HEALTH INITIATIVE
A Fun Filled Day Focusing On Green Living


August 24, 2013 (Huntsville, AL) - Green U: A Home and Health Initiative
Huntsville Botanical Garden invites you to celebrate our environment at the 5th annual Green U: A Home and Health Initiative to be held on Saturday, August 24th from 9 am to 3 pm at the Garden. This festival, sponsored by Toyota Manufacturing and Co-Sponsored by The Boeing Company, will highlight the benefits and ease of living a “greener” lifestyle!

In addition to educational classes and demonstrations for children and adults, there will be food vendors, cooking demonstrations, live music and activities for the whole family! The children’s activity tent will feature hands-on activities from Sci-Quest, Burritt Museum, the US Space and Rocket Center, and Huntsville Botanical Garden. Bring the kids to see Steve Trash, Rockin’ Eco Hero and Kid Comedian. Trash is an award winning performer, EEAA - 2011 - Environmental Educator of the Year Award Winner, and founding board member of Keep The Shoals Beautiful and is a lifetime member of the Alabama Association for Environmental Education. Since 1984, Trash has entertained over 20 million kids with live ecological illusions, magic tricks, and family-friendly fun, appearing in live venues all over the world including Japan, Australia, Canada, Portugal, and Spain. He’s even performed his magic tricks above the Arctic Circle.

Also providing educational entertainment for the kids will be author Heather Montgomery, sponsored by the Land Trust of North Alabama. Montgomery will lecture on Wacky New Animals. She has a B.S. in Biology and M.S. in Environmental Education. She helped to develop and has directed McDowell Environmental Center. One of her favorite things is to stand knee-deep in a clear-running stream and teach about bugs. Heather's books include: Wild Discoveries: Wacky New Animals, The Case of the Missing Arctic Fox, Rattlesnakes, Kingsnakes, Garter Snakes, Mummies: Truths and Rumors, How is Soil Made?, Why do My Teeth Fall Out?, What's in a Rattlesnake's Rattle? and How to Survive an Earthquake. She has written for children's magazines such as Science World, Highlights for Children, and KNOW: the Science Magazine for Curious Kids. Professional magazines such as GreenTeacher, Heartbeat and Above and Beyond, have also published her articles. 

Local businesses and a farmers' market will also be on site that day to share their environmentally friendly products and services with the community. Admission is just 5 recyclable items (plastic water bottles with lids separated, computer electronic components including any part of the computer or any devices that plug into the wall such as lap top computers, wiring and accessories, and new or gently used cloth diapers) or only $5.

So many different organizations - besides Toyota and Boeing, TVA, the City of Madison, and Tech Stars - have partnered with The Garden to make this event a success. It will be a day of education and fun for the whole family!

For more information, visit www.greenualabama.com or contact Carol Casey at 256-830-4447, ext. 290.


HUNTSVILLE BOTANICAL GARDEN
Huntsville Botanical Garden is open year-round and features the nation’s largest open-air butterfly house, a picture-perfect aquatic garden, spectacular nature trails, numerous specialty gardens – including an interactive children’s garden - and a variety of plant collections. This beautiful 120-acre Garden is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization run by only 35 employees and over 2600 active volunteers.  With five distinct festivals each year: Dog Days of Winter, Spring Festival of Flowers, Summer Butterfly House, Fall Scarecrow Trail and Holiday Galaxy of Lights, you’ll soon see why we say There’s Always Something Growing On at Huntsville Botanical Garden!