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Grand Canyon Village Marketplace Celebrates Earth Day with Local Students.

GRAND CANYON, Ariz., April 17 /PRNewswire/ --

The most visible tool for environmental awareness -- Earth Day -- turns 31 years old on Sunday, April 22, and Grand Canyon National Park's Canyon Village Marketplace is doing its part to educate local children on the importance of preserving the natural environment.

At Grand Canyon National Park, four projects are in place to commemorate Earth Day, each promoting recycling and conservation among the children in the Grand Canyon School District and customers at the Canyon Village Marketplace, operated by Delaware North Parks Services (DNPS), a park concessionaire that provides retail, food and beverage operations.

The Earth Day Grocery Bag Project is a nationwide effort that teams students and grocers to spread the message of Earth Day. Students in grades K-6 at Grand Canyon Elementary decorated brown paper bags with environmental messages about reduce, reuse, and recycle, as part of a contest at the school. The bags will be returned to Canyon Village Marketplace, and on Earth Day, customers will receive their purchases in the decorated bags. The contest generated 153 entries and winners will be announced at the school and the store.

DNPS, in its commitment to preserve the natural beauty and resources of national and state parks, will be distributing commemorative canvas bags to local residents on Earth Day, promoting the conservation of paper and the non-use of plastics.

Students at Grand Canyon Junior/Senior High School were asked to design an Earth Day T-shirt. The shirts were to incorporate the words "Grand Canyon," "Earth Day," and "2001." Over 60 entries were received and all designs are posted at Canyon Village Marketplace. The winning concept, designed by sophomore Michelle Harvey, was printed and T-shirts were given to all students, as well as DNPS employees to wear on Earth Day. The winning slogan was ... "just take care of it, and you will see the inner side."

The National Park Service has teamed with the Grand Canyon School, Grand Canyon Association and DNPS to work on a revegetation project for the park's Mohave housing area. Eighty 7th and 8th grade students will trench out 200-300 feet of earth to be used for drainage. The trenches then will be filled with rock and soil, and the students will place over 140 plants in the ground. A picnic will be held for the students, sponsored by DNPS.

Founded on April 22, 1970 by then Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day impacts people of all ages and annually generates conservation programs nationwide.

Delaware North Parks Services operates several retail outlets at Grand Canyon National Park, including Canyon Village Marketplace. DNPS is one of the fastest growing providers of recreational visitor services in the United States. The company's expertise includes the operation of a broad range of hotels and restaurants, retail stores, tours, educational programs and leisure activities. The company serves as guardians of such national treasures as Yosemite and Sequoia national parks, Kennedy Space Center, Niagara Falls, Deer Creek State Park in Ohio and the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California.

Delaware North Companies Incorporated is a privately held international company with annual revenues in excess of $1.4 billion. Its seven independent operating units are industry leaders in traditional concessions and fine dining, hospitality and recreation services, sports and leisure facilities management, and retail operations.

For further information, go to http://www.VisitGrandCanyon.com.
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