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Top 5 Things for Teens and High Schoolers at Earth Day Texas 2017

Earth Day Texas 2016, at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas.

Did you know the largest Earth Day celebration in the world happens right here in Dallas? That’s right, everything really IS bigger in Texas. We’ve got a long list of awesome activities for teens and high schoolers to enjoy at Earth Day Texas, and we got together to compile the top 5 must-see exhibits for every environmentally conscious teen attending this eco-friendly event.

 Aerial Photo:

Did you know that more than 1/3 of the food we eat in the US requires the help of pollinators to grow? But, pollinators are declining in population and need our help! That’s why one of the many important initiatives we are focusing on this year is pollinator protection. Help us bring awareness to this pollinator crisis and grab a few friends to join our Monarch Butterfly aerial photo at the Cotton Bowl on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22 at 4 pm.

While you’re enjoying your day with us, don’t forget to also take the Citizens’ Pollinator Pledge at The Hive at the Pollinator Accelerator! Sign your name and receive your native nectar seed packet. Help these pollinator’s habitats grow by planting their food so they can help our food grow!

Doppler on Wheels

See what it’s like to be a real storm chaser! Hop on the Doppler on Wheels (DOWs), a mobile Doppler Screen Shot 2017-04-17 at 4.20.03 PMweather radar that is mounted on a truck that can get as close to a severe thunderstorm or tornado as possible in order to deliver storm information to scientists. The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) will also be releasing weather balloons during the event! Don’t miss this opportunity to get on board this mobile extremely high tech vehicle at Earth Day Texas! 

Mobile Dairy Classroom

Most of us won’t come across the opportunity to see the dairy production process from start to finish because most of us live on neighborhoods blocks instead of acres of farmland. At Earth Day Texas, we give you the utterly amazing experience of learning how to milk a cow! The Southwest Dairy Farmers exhibit is bringing the classroom to you with the Mobile Dairy Classroom, a traveling milking parlor, that features a live cow!

Texas Discovery Gardens

 Did you know Fair Park has it’s very own 7.5-acre botanical oasis, and the first public garden to open Screen Shot 2017-04-17 at 4.17.24 PMin the state of Texas? Head to the Texas Discovery Gardens and explore the many native and non-native plant species that reside in these diverse gardens. Spot the hundreds of wildlife species including butterflies, bugs and birds. The gardens will be open to the public free of charge all weekend

Music Series

 Discover the next big thing in music right in your backyard! Head to the EDTx17 music stage and listen to a talented group of local Texas artists. This one-of-a-kind music series will play throughout the three-day Earth Day Texas event. Whether you’re a passionate follower of Texas musicians or a newcomer to the Lone Star state music scene, we’ve got something for everyone. Head to the music stage presented by KXT Radio and 13th Floor Music for a diverse blend of artists spanning genres including soul, hip-hop, country and blues. Check out the full day lineup of artists here.

Earth Day Texas is this weekend! Grab your friends and head to Fair Park April 21-23. FREE Admission.

 About the author:

 Screen Shot 2017-02-16 at 5.55.30 PMAbbie Lockwood is a social media and content manager at a Dallas-based branding agency. She specializes in social media, content and community management. A Bostonian at heart, and deeply in love with her Kentucky Wildcats.

Author: Abbie Lockwood