WHEELING - Oglebay Institute's Schrader Environmental Education Center is celebrating Dr. Seuss and the opening of the new animated feature film "The Lorax" about a character who "speaks for the trees."
"The Schrader Center embraces the film's nature-friendly message and has partnered with Marquee Cinemas at The Highlands to provide educational, eco-centered games, activities and displays for children to enjoy before and after screenings on Saturday," said Schrader Center director Eriks Janelsins.
Schrader Center staffers will be in the lobby of Marquee Cinemas from noon 5 p.m. Saturday, March 3 presenting activities that include live animals, leaf rubbing, an Age the Trees counting rings contest and more. There will also be giveaways and prize drawings including one for a free week of Oglebay Institute Nature Day Camp. Activities are free and open to the public.
"We are excited about this film and the message it sends to young children about the importance of being a steward of nature," Janelsins said. "This partnership is one more way that we can be a resources for families to learn how to celebrate, study and preserve the natural world together."
A portion of "The Lorax" ticket sales will benefit the Schrader Environmental Education Center.
Based on Dr. Seuss' 1971 children's book, "The Lorax" is set in Thneedville, a place with no wildlife, no flowers and no trees because they have all been cut down to make Thneeds- things people need. It follows the journey of a 12-year-old as he searches for a real Truffula Tree, the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To get it, he must find The Lorax, the whimsical and wise character that speaks for the trees "for the trees have no tongues." The Lorax, with the boy's help, sets out to defeat this society of waste and non-recyclers.
The star-studded cast of "The Lorax" includes Danny DeVito as the Lorax, Zac Efron as Ted, Ed Helms as the Once-ler, Rob Riggle as new villain O'Hare, Betty White as Grammy Norma, and Taylor Swift as Audrey, Ted's romantic interest.
A regional showcase for "Green Architecture" and environmental awareness, Oglebay Institute's Schrader Center, located in Oglebay Resort, includes 97 percent recycled materials and many energy saving features that reduce fossil fuel usage. In addition to operating the Center, Schrader staff members maintain the Discovery Trail System in Oglebay, which includes five miles of trails that twist and turn through the splendors of the outdoors, and is enjoyed by more than 50,000 visitors annually. The Center also operates Terra Alta Mountain Nature Camp in Terra Alta, West Virginia.
The Center presents year-round programs for all ages which include school programs such as the Regional Environmental Action Program, a multiple day, hands-on ecology programs for 6th grade students; nature pre-school days, summer nature day camps, junior nature camp for teens and mountain nature camp for adults; adult discussion courses and clubs such as the Environmental Education Book Club and the Living Green Lecture Series; special events such as Maple Sugaring Day and Eco-Fest; seasonal programs such as nature walks, campfires and astronomy and various biological surveys and life history studies of species native to the region.
For more information on Oglebay Institute's Schrader Environmental Education Center, visit www.oionline.com or call 304-242-6855.