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A band plays during the Earth Day Festival in Yucca Valley, Calif., April 21, 2018. The festival was held by the Hi-Desert Nature Museum to raise environmental consciousness and educate the public on wildlife conservation and resource management. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Preston L. Morris)

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Earth Day festival takes place in Yucca Valley

21 Apr 2018 | Lance Cpl. Preston Morris Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

In the Combat Center’s continuous quest to remain good stewards of the environment that we live and train in, the installation’s Environmental Affairs office participated in the annual Earth Day festival at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum on April 21, 2018.

The festivities were made possible by the Hi-Desert Nature Museum hosting several organizations within the local community and the greater Morongo Basin.“This festival has been held since the 1970s,” said Stefanie Ritter, Museum Program Supervisor, Hi-Desert Nature Museum. “It’s an event we hold to celebrate our planet and learn about respecting the environment.”

During the event, live bands played on a stage while booths provided information and resources about environmental consciousness. Representatives from the Environmental Affairs office and the Hazardous Waste Management Branch, were present to provide information about the installation’s efforts toward conservation and resource management. Other institutions, such as the Twentynine Palms Astronomy Club, the National Parks Service and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office, were also in attendance.

Over the month of April, Environmental Affairs held several events relating to Earth Day to spread educational awareness about the environment and the agency’s efforts for conservation. The festival in Yucca Valley was one of the many that have taken place this month.

“We’re here to help people feel a connection to the base,” said Mary Lane Poe, biologist, EA, speaking about the agency’s presence at the event. “We want people to see how much effort we put into protecting and conserving wildlife and resources on the base because not a lot of people get to come on the base and see what we do.”

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