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American Society of Plant Biologists

ASPB returns for more science outreach at the White House

Plant biologists help kids learn how plants impact their lives during Easter Egg Roll

ROCKVILLE, Md. -- The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) returns today to the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C. to offer science activities for kids as part of the 2012 White House Easter Egg Roll. About 35,000 entry ticket winners representing all 50 states will enjoy the 134th occurrence of this annual event.

The theme of this year's Easter Egg Roll is "Let's Go, Let's Play, Let's Move!" and is aimed at promoting health and wellness. All of the activities will encourage children to lead healthy and active lives and follow the First Lady's Let's Move! initiative.

ASPB will staff the hands-on activity 'Quick-Like-A-Bunny' Garden Cup Necklaces, where kids plant quick-germinating seeds to grow delicious vegetables that provide a nutritious boost towards thinking and moving 'quick like a bunny.' As youngsters create their miniature gardens friendly experts will chat with them about seed care, plant growth and health.

During this election year, ASPB booth visitors also get to 'hop to it' and vote for their favorite plant-based products. Will voters choose the food, the fibers, or the fuels made from plants as the products they need most for thinking and acting 'quick like a bunny' every day?


ABOUT THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF PLANT BIOLOGISTS: ASPB is a professional scientific society, headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, devoted to the advancement of the plant sciences worldwide. With a membership of more than 4,500 plant scientists from throughout the United States and more than 50 other nations, the Society publishes two of the most widely cited plant science journals: The Plant Cell and Plant Physiology, as well as the innovative online products Teaching Tools in Plant Biology and The Arabidopsis Book. For more information about ASPB, please visit http://www.aspb.org/. Also follow ASPB on Twitter @ASPB.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION: The National Park Foundation (NPF) is the official charity of America's 394 national parks, including the South Lawn of the White House. NPF assists in the coordination and planning of the annual White House Easter Egg Roll and also accepts donations to benefit the event. Chartered by Congress, NPF works hand in hand with the National Park Service to strengthen and connect all Americans to our parks, so they are protected for present and future generations. It is a legacy that began more than a century ago, when private citizens took action to first establish, then protect and endow our national parks. Today, the National Park Foundation carries on that tradition as the only national charitable partner for America's national parks. To learn more visit www.nationalparks.org.