Youth environmental festival date set

by Chris Klein
he first annual Youth Earth Savers Festival, YES!Fest '94, will be held this October at Crown Point in Mission Beach. Presented by San Diego Earth Day, this free event is oriented toward San Diego area students aged five to 18. Yes!Fest will feature displays, games, entertainment and hands-on activities - all with an environmental message.
"We're putting a special emphasis on games and activities," said Kari Gray, event coordinator. "Young people are more interested in doing things than reading things."
More than 50 organizations, exhibitors and performers are expected to participate in YES!Fest '94. There will be special areas for different age groups and two stages for entertainments, including "game shows" where contestants can win prizes for themselves and their schools.
YES!Fest is similar in concept to the Kids Area at SDED's annual EarthFair, held each April in Balboa Park. However, YES!Fest will provide a greater focus on educational activities.
"The Kids Area [at EarthFair] is always really popular, but is more of a grab bag of exhibitors," explains Gray. "At YES!Fest, we will have a much more developed program of activities, with age-specific events. Also, exhibitors who normally display in the "adult" areas at EarthFair - groups like the [San Diego] Department of Environmental Services, SDG&E and the [California] Department of Conservation - will have a chance to present programs specifically for young people."
The YES!Fest site in Crown Point Shores at the north end of Mission Bay is adjacent to Kendall-Frost Nature Preserve, one of the few remaining natural areas on the bay. The San Diego Audubon Society and coastal Park Ranger will be hosting guided walks of the Crown Point ecosystem.
YES!Fest will be held on October 23 from 10am to 4pm. It will be located at the eastern end of Crown Point Shores, off Crown Point Drive just east of Ingraham.
Like all San Diego Earth Day events, the YES!Fest is being organized and produced by volunteers. If you would like more information about volunteering - or are interested in exhibiting or sponsoring an event - please call Kari Gary at (619) 272-7370 and say YES!