More than 1,200 students from 14 schools in the Anacostia Watershed turned out for the "Anacostia River Earth Day Celebration" April 22 which eatured an appearance by Vice President Al Gore.
Gore met with many of the students, thanking them for their efforts in iver and neighborhood cleanups. Participants also engaged in tree planting and variety of activities and exhibits dealing with the protection of the nacostia River and the Chesapeake Bay. Woodsy Owl, Bill Nye, the television Science Guy" and others also made presentations.
"We not only wanted to teach young people about the environment and the nacostia River through hands-on, participatory activities, we wanted to provide he students with a memorable outdoor adventure," said Gilda Allen of the D.C. epartment of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, which organized the event with upport from the Bay Program and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Also participating in the event were Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and D.C. Mayor Marion Barry.