Learn how to protect your environment at a free Earth Day/Herp Day Celebration at City Park in Burlington on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

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Burlington, N.C. -- It's our job as world citizens to protect the Earth. The best way to do that is to learn more about your environment..

On Saturday, April 12, 2014 you'll get the perfect chance to do just that at a free public Earth Day/Herp Day Celebration at Burlington's City Park.

The event will feature live animals (snakes, frogs, turtles, salamanders) and live demonstrations. You can take part in cultural connections, arts & crafts, puppet shows, a sea turtle stranding simulation and try on a herpetologist's identity booth.

The Herp Project at UNCG is funded by a $2.7 million National Science Foundation grant.

Members of the initiative joined WFMY News 2's Tracey McCain on the Good Morning Show to talk about the event.

"In addition to public celebrations, the group runs residential herpetology programs for high school students in the summer," explained Catherine Matthews, the principal investigator on the Herp Project and science professor at UNCG.

"We have an active educational research program examining how students take on the scientific practices of herpetologists and develop different ideas about what being smart in science means when doing fieldwork," she added.

You can learn more about the organization or how to better protect your environment at the free Earth Day/Herp Day Celebration. It's at City Park in Burlington on Saturday, April 12th, from Noon to 4 p.m.

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