On April 22, 2012, Earth Day, the Alabama Chapter of The Nature Conservancy will invite people from across the state to get outside and celebrate the planet with a free picnic at Railroad Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Alabama Chapter will also join Conservancy chapters worldwide in an attempt to set the world record for the most people picnicking in a 24-hour period.
The community is encouraged to bring a picnic (and blanket!) or purchase picnic food at Railroad Park and join us for the world’s largest picnic celebration. There will be live music spotlighting local talent, a display of sponsored picnic tables decorated by local artists and the opportunity to participate in a Guinness world record. Local community leaders Bill and Becky Smith will chair the event.
In 2011, the global office of The Nature Conservancy held an inaugural Picnic for the Planet which resulted in thousands of people joining more than 600 picnics in 61 countries on all seven continents. This year, those who are unable to attend the Picnic at Railroad Park can sign up to host their own picnic with family and friends or browse the Web to enjoy other Conservancy-sponsored picnic events like the one in Birmingham. Anyone who holds a Picnic for the Planet with at least 25 people can download materials that will allow their picnic to be officially included in the record-breaking attempt.
Picnic for the Planet for Earth Day 2012 is a celebration of the planet we live on, the bounty it provides and the people who work to preserve it. As a fundraiser for the local chapter of The Nature Conservancy, picnic tables will be available for sponsorship. Local artists in the community will be engaged in adorning the tables for future display around the city. This event is free and open to the public, rain or shine.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.
The Nature Conservancy in Alabama
205 251 1155, ext 107