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Wonder Works To Make Earth Day A Weekend Celebration

Outdoor and indoor activities will help children learn about the environment, plant a terrarium, meet organic farmers and farm animals and much more

Oak Park, IL - April 13, 2004 - Wonder Works, a Childrens Museum in Oak Park, will host its first Earth Day celebration on Saturday and Sunday, April 24 and 25. All weekend, Wonder Works will hold special activities outdoors and inside the museum.

The event, which is co-sponsored by Seven Generations Ahead, an Oak Park-based organization that promotes sustainable communities, will give children and families a chance to learn about how to make the Earth a better place. Kids can:

  • Make endangered animal masks in North Avenue Art Works.
  • Learn how to separate pretend garbage from recyclables.
  • Find endangered animals "hidden" around the museum.
  • Learn about composting and how it can help the Earth.
  • Make a terrarium on Saturday from noon to 2pm.
  • Meet organic farmers, who will sell their products from 2 to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Enjoy a vegetarian barbecue, which will have food available for purchase, on Sunday from noon to 2pm.
  • On Sunday, learn how to make recycled paper from noon to 2pm.
  • On Saturday and Sunday, kids can meet chickens and baby chicks.

Admission is $5 per person. Members and children under age one are free. The terrarium workshop is an additional $5 per person, and the vegetarian barbecue will have food available for purchase.

In addition to these activities, outdoors authority Eric Gyllenhaal will help kids learn about the natural world on Saturday from 10am to noon.

On Thursday, April 22, Wonder Works will be at the River Forest Whole Foods, located at 7245 Lake Street, for its Earth Day celebration.

About Seven Generations Ahead

The mission of Seven Generations Ahead (SGA) is to build communities that care for the environment, meet the basic human needs of all, and provide safe and healthy lives for our children and future generations.

Seven Generations Ahead believes that communities can provide quality living for all within earths capacity. Seven Generations Ahead sees a future filled with communities poweredby clean, renewable energy,fedby local farmers producing healthy and tasty sustainably-raised food,servedby earth and human friendly products and services,nurturedby consumption rooted in respect for people and the environment, andsustainedby development that meets community needs, provides jobs for those who need them, and protects earths natural systems.

Seven Generations Ahead is based in Oak Park and can be reached on the web at www.sevengenerationsahead.org.