Pack a Picnic for the Earth

The Nature Conservancy invites you to celebrate Earth Day.

PHOENIZ, AZ | April 09, 2013

We are surrounded by amazing natural beauty. The Nature Conservancy is celebrating the natural environment on Earth Day by hosting Picnic for Earth with picnics at locations around the world including one north of Phoenix at Hassayampa River Preserve.

Picnic for Earth reminds people about the sources of their food in an easy and engaging way and offers an opportunity to educate people about the connection between conservation and our food and water supply.

Right now, land equal to the area of two continents is devoted entirely to meeting our food needs. In a couple of decades, the world population is expected to reach 9 billion. To have enough to sustain us, we will need to double our food production!

“When you think about our future, we must use land more productively and water more efficiently,” says Patrick Graham, the Conservancy in Arizona’s state director. “The Nature Conservancy is working with the world’s food growers — from large companies to local farmers — to keep soils healthy and water quality high.”

The Picnic for Earth celebration at Hassayampa River Preserve kicks off at 10:00 a.m. with interpretive nature walks for students and parents. At noon, people will grab their sack lunch and gather under the palms in the picnic area. The event continues with a composting demonstration and a chance to plant your own sunflowers.

Join The Nature Conservancy in celebrating Earth Day by planning your own picnic — pick a day, gather some friends and enjoy a delicious meal outside. Here are some picnic tips. Once your location, time and date are set, fill out the form so we can track the number of picnics.

Picnic for Earth is part of The Nature Conservancy's All Hands on Earth campaign which aims to build an active, global community for the environment and provide simple ways for people to get involved in creating a healthier Earth.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the web at To learn about the Conservancy’s global initiatives, visit To keep up with current Conservancy news, follow @nature_press on Twitter.

Contact information

Tracey Stone
The Nature Conservancy in Arizona
(602) 738-1586

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