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WELLS, Maine, March 18, 2011 - Get active, be fit, and go green is the message for Wells Reserve EcoDay, to be held April 16 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm. As Earth Day approaches, begin or renew your commitment to a healthy planet and a healthy you. From alternative energy to sustainable gardening and from aquatic sports to zumba, EcoDay promises hours of opportunities for you to try something new.

EcoDay activities will include the third Laudholm 5K, a volleyball tourney, a beach cleanup, and demonstrations or try-its for paddle surfing, kayaking, biking, fishing, hiking, geocaching, and yoga.

"The Wells Reserve is already a great place for exercise and connecting to nature," said Diana Joyner, president of Laudholm Trust, the nonprofit that is offering EcoDay as a benefit for the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. "By bringing in green businesses, conservation groups, and wellness practitioners, we hope to help people discover new ways to improve both their own quality of life and the quality of local environments."

In the EcoDay keynote, Dr. John E. Carroll, professor of natural resources at the University of New Hamsphire, will address food sustainability for New England. What is the future of local food? Is Maine on your dinner plate? Do you know your farmer? Dr. Carroll's EcoDay presentation is sponsored by the Garden Club Federation of Maine.

EcoDay will have face painting, art projects, and other activities for kids, bluesy funk-rock music by Velourosaurus, giant kites flown by the Nor'easters Kite Flying Club and Kites Over New England, and good food and drink available for sale. The Wells Reserve at Laudholm also boasts miles of trails through a variety of habitats and an undeveloped sandy beach.

"Wells Reserve EcoDay will be as well suited to singles as it is to families," Joyner explained. "It should be fun for everyone." In celebration of the Wells Reserve's 25th anniversary, no admission will be charged for EcoDay, but free-will donations are welcomed.

Goodall Hospital is the lead sponsor of Wells Reserve EcoDay. Additional sponsors are Atlantic Holdings, Atlantic Housewrights, Biddeford Savings, Dietz Associates, Duffy's Tavern & Grill, Good for All Pharmacy, Kennebunk Center for Dentistry, Kittery Trading Post, Marty Layne Audiology, Nonantum Resort, Quest Fitness, Sevigney | Lyons Insurance, Shepard & Read, Sperry Tent, Tourist News, and Warner Design Associates.

The Wells Reserve at Laudholm is a 2,250-acre National Estuarine Research Reserve with its headquarters listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Wells Reserve's goal is to protect and restore coastal ecosystems around the Gulf of Maine. Staff and volunteers expand knowledge about coasts and estuaries, engage people in environmental learning, and involve communities in conserving natural resources.

The work of the Wells Reserve and the care of its historic site are made possible by Laudholm Trust. Organized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 1982, member-supported Laudholm Trust provides vital monetary and in-kind support to the Wells Reserve. This local support enables the Wells Reserve to receive additional funds from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The Wells Reserve at Laudholm is located on Laudholm Farm Road, just off U.S. Route 1 near the Wells-Kennebunk line.

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