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Celebrating Earth Day in St. Louis

Brad Choat
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Workers keep busy at the Green Strum Project booth at the 2011 St. Louis Earth Day Festival in forest Park on April 17th. (KMOX/Brad Choat)

Workers keep busy at the Green Strum Project booth at the 2011 St. Louis Earth Day Festival in forest Park on April 17th. (KMOX/Brad Choat)

Earth Day 2012

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Organizers were hoping for a St. Louis Earth Day Festival attendance of more than 25,000 — and with the beautiful weather Sunday afternoon— it’s likely they got it.

Some danced to the percussion music, others walked their dogs, and most took time to visit the dozens of displays set up on the Muny Grounds of Forest Park.

The River Kids display was staffed by youngsters like “Nick,” ready to sign-up kids in fourth grade or older for their club, “River Kids is a non-profit organization that helps clean and protect rivers. Over ten times a year we go out and help the rivers. We take trash out of the River Des Peres, Mississippi River, and Missouri River.”

Children interested in joining the group can send an e-mail to riverkids@newcityschool.org .

Another station was staffed by the Green Strum Project— a group that takes throwaway household materials and turns them into musical instruments.

“We have here today a cigar box guitar, a tin pan banjo, a speaker bass, and a four-string guitar we made out of an old silverware container,” said one of the group’s founders.

For more information on the Green Strum Project, click here.

A new offering at the Earth Day Festival was a “Recycling Extravaganza” on the parking lot of  St. Louis Community College at Forest Park.

Organizers took in lots of hard-to-recycle items like appliances, computers, and bicycles.

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