Fredericksburg’s 13th annual Earth Day celebration takes place Saturday, April 23, from 11am to 4 p.m. and you don’t want to miss it! This free event is held at Old Mill Park in Fredericksburg and will feature many attractions and activities that will not disappoint.

Last year’s FOR Earth Day booth was a thrill, showcasing our national symbol, the bald eagle, as well as another majestic bird, the red-tailed hawk. Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation Nature Education Coordinator Linda Bailey said, “We will have many exciting activities for young and old alike,” including a barrel train and pony rides, numerous animals, dozens of interactive exhibits put on by participating environmental groups, and various wildlife shows. That’s just naming a few of the many attractions! There will also be a variety of tasty food for sale and live music all day long.

Bailey is excited about two other huge new aspects of this year’s event, the website and the shuttle service, which will make having a good time that much easier! Among various other parking options in the area, a free shuttle service allows people to park at James Monroe High School and catch a a school bus to Old Mill Park. A new website,, will allow interested individuals quick access to more information about the event. So come out, have fun, and celebrate our earth while learning more about how to protect our planet and the incredible wildlife that inhabit it!

By Amanda Patterson, FOR Volunteer
Amanda Patterson is a senior majoring in psychology at UMW.

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