First Lady Katie O'Malley Celebrates Earth Day with Girl Scout Troup
Participates in GreenScape Activities at Chesapeake Children’s Museum; Helps Girl Scout Troop Earn Eco-Action Merit Badges
ANNAPOLIS, MD (April 18, 2008) – In celebration of Earth Day, First Lady Katie O’Malley will join Girl Scouts from Central Maryland on Saturday as they participate in GreenScape activities at the Chesapeake Children’s Museum in Annapolis. GreenScape 2008 marks the 17th year of this annual program of beautification, clean-up and planting in public spaces throughout the City of Annapolis.
The Girl Scouts will be will be earning their Eco-Action Merit Badges by participating in educational activities, learning about environmentalist Rachel Carson, and making arts and crafts out of recycled materials. The First Lady will talk with the young women about the importance of learning about and protecting the environment, join them in planting new plants to spruce up the Spa Creek Conservancy, and discuss the Governor’s new initiative to connect children with nature.
Governor O’Malley is expected to sign an Executive Order creating the Maryland Partnership for Children and Nature to promote outdoor experiential activities and environmental education for Maryland’s young people and to build a coalition of ongoing support for these endeavors.
“Reconnecting Maryland’s youth with nature is good for their emotional and physical health, boosts academic achievement and makes them feel part of their communities,” said Judge O’Malley. “Maryland’s Partnership for Children in Nature will help ensure that our children grow up to be informed and responsible stewards of our environment.”
GreenScape is a volunteer effort, sponsored by the City of Annapolis, which encourages and supports individuals and organizations to plant and maintain native gardens in public areas throughout the city. The City provides plant materials, mulch, trash bags and gloves; and the community provides volunteers who want to make a difference in their community.