Come help us celebrate the Grand Opening of the EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park, the Bay Area’s first environmental justice education center, at Bayview Hunters Point’s 10th Annual People’s Earth Day. On April 18th, LEJ in conjunction with Sunday Streets teams up to bring you the largest environmental celebration in Bayview's history. Join us for a fusion of fun live entertainment with Jaye and Friends, the best food in the Bay Area, interactive tours of the EcoCenter led by LEJ youth, a showcase of talent, great raffle prizes, bird tours led by SF Nature, the unveiling of a signature heron sculpture designed and created by metal artist Daniel Macchiarini in collaboration with LEJ youth, special keynote speakers, and a healing for the land and spirit with the Ohlone Peoples—helping the Bayview Hunters Point community to bring justice and sustainability for long-term health and environmental equality.

This year’s celebration marks the 10th Annual People’s Earth Day, and the Grand Opening of the EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park, our landmark ecological education center.  The festivities are taking place in conjunction with Sunday Streets, and will mark the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, the “birth of the modern environmental movement.”  

The day’s events will feature:
•    Keynote address by EPA Region 9 Administrator Jared Blumenfeld
•    Healing for the land and spirit from the Ohlone Peoples and Hamaya dancers
•    Announcement of a major new scholarship fund for Bayview youth
•    Unveiling of a signature heron sculpture designed and created by metal artist Daniel Macchiarini in collaboration with LEJ youth
•    Jazz and R&B from Jaye & Friends
•    Local and international cuisine from Good Eats and La Laguna
•    A showcase of talent
•    Bird tours led by SF Nature
•    “Hands on the land” restoration activities in Heron’s Head Park
•    Tours of the EcoCenter led by LEJ youth leaders
•    Sustainability Fair with free take home resources
•    Confirmed speakers include San Francisco Supervisor Sophie Maxwell and Indian Canyon Key Keeper Ann Marie Sayers

This will be a joyous day of celebration for what has already been accomplished, and inspiration for what the future holds. The opening of the EcoCenter is a true milestone, as the first completely “off-grid” building in San Francisco, and gives LEJ another powerful means to pursue our mission of building justice and sustainability in our community.  

We look forward to creating a day of community building, ecological and health education, and outright fun with you! In hopes of a more sustainable world, The Team at Literacy for Environmental Justice.

10th Annual People’s Earth Day Celebration
Grand Opening of EcoCenter
10:00AM—3:00PM, Sunday, April 18, 2010
Cargo Way @ Jennings St., San Francisco

Sarah Sibley-Alexander is the Communications Director for Literacy for Environmental Justice