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Preschoolers in Old Dominion University's Child Study Center will be joined by their parents, the community and members of Wetlands Watch to clean up wetlands on the ODU campus Saturday, April 14, as part of the nationwide "Step It Up" effort.

The clean up will be held from 9-10 a.m. on 48th Street at the Elizabeth River and then from 10 a.m. to noon on 49th Street between Hampton Boulevard and Killam Avenue.

Saturday is Climate Action Day for Step It Up 2007, a national effort to call attention to natural resources at risk from global warming. Nearly 1350 events are planned in all 50 states as part of the movement.

During the ODU event, the center's four- and five-year-old will learn about the loss of wetlands throughout the Chesapeake Bay due to the rise in sea level, which is attributed to global warming.

"Part of this collaboration is about kids having fun while learning about the environment," said Skip Stiles, executive director of Wetlands Watch, a statewide nonprofit organization devoted to wetlands protection. "But during the lifetime of these kids, the wetland they are cleaning up will disappear, as rising sea level drowns it. So the other part of the day is about raising awareness on sea level rise and climate change."

The event is part of a new environmental curriculum for kindergarten and pre-kindgergarten children that teachers at the Child Study Center are developing with a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund and hope to install in schools statewide.

For more information or to register to participate in the clean up effort, visit http://events.stepitup2007.org/events/show/1615

This article was posted on: April 10, 2007

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