ChemisTREE Earth Day celebration in the nation's capital

April 17, 2003

The American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, will begin Earth Day celebrations on Monday, April 21, 2003, 11 a.m.- 1 p.m., as part of the Capital Children's Museum annual Earth Day program. Located at 800 Third Street, NE, in Washington, D.C., the museum will feature ACS and three other metropolitan organizations. The ACS theme "ChemisTREE" will be showcased with a hands-on activity demonstrating the effects of acid rain on plant germination and marble structures.

In addition to the acid rain activity, ACS local sections nationwide will demonstrate other hands-on activities for Earth Day celebrations from April 21-23:

Rubbing Plants -- using the pigments of plants to draw pictures and examine how the pigments react to weak acids and bases.

It Isn't Easy Being Green -- demonstrating that new plants need light to make chlorophyll.

Celery Soaks It Up -- showing how plants absorb nutrients and toxins from the environment.

Making Recycled Paper -- using old newsprint to make recycled paper.

Joining the American Chemical Society at the Capital Children's Museum on April 21 are the following organizations:

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Patuxent Research Refuge Laurel, Md.
http://patuxent.fws.gov
For more information contact 301-497-5760

Chemical Education Foundation
Arlington, Va.
www.chemed.org
Contact: Gretchen Sherrill, 703-527-6223

Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Annapolis, Md.
www.cbf.org
Contact: Heather Tuckfield, 443-482-2151

For more information about the American Chemical Society's Earth Day activities, go to www.chemistry.org/earthday.
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