2009-05-08 / Community

Rockaway Earth Day Shines Light On Environment

By Miriam Rosenberg

During the afternoon, young volunteers distributed plants. During the afternoon, young volunteers distributed plants. The environment came alive last weekend as the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and the city's Department of Parks and Recreation held the Third Annual Rockaway Earth Day on the boardwalk at Beach 28 Street.

"Where else can you find kids rescuing dolphins off the beach, testing water and planting their own seedlings?" wrote Jeanne Dupont, the executive director of the RWA, about the May 2 event. In this email she added, "More than 500 smiling faces joined forces to help green our planet."

Among those at the event were the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Sebago Canoe Club,

and the FDNY.

Photos by Miriam Rosenberg

In a hands-on mock rescue, members of the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation teach youngsters the procedures used in rescuing a dolphin. After doing medical tests, giving the dolphin oxygen and food … In a hands-on mock rescue, members of the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation teach youngsters the procedures used in rescuing a dolphin. After doing medical tests, giving the dolphin oxygen and food … … the dolphin is transferred to a tank to be transported to the hospital. … the dolphin is transferred to a tank to be transported to the hospital. Students from PS 43 painted these colorful garbage cans, which will be distributed throughout the Rockaways. Students from PS 43 painted these colorful garbage cans, which will be distributed throughout the Rockaways. Many took the time to make their own plants. Many took the time to make their own plants. City of New York Urban Park Rangers led the first of two nature walks along Rockaway's beach. City of New York Urban Park Rangers led the first of two nature walks along Rockaway's beach. The opportunity to examine and handle live sea creatures, such as the Hermit Crab, was provided by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The opportunity to examine and handle live sea creatures, such as the Hermit Crab, was provided by the US Army Corps of Engineers.

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