Saturday Apr 21 2012 comments Celebrate the Earth Festival By: Anne Stokes / Special to the Press-Tribune -A +A Andrew Shin, a Junior at Woodcreek HS, and a staff member at the Woodcreek Nature Center, handles a native gopher snake. Carson Cole of Roseville, age 4, checks out a red-ear slider turtle, a native California species, which can be found in the nearby Woodcreek Nature Center. Cruz Portellas, age 5, and brother Luca Portellas, age 8, of Lincoln get to know "Hooter" the barn owl at the Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom animal booth. Reid Owens, left and Vicki Babette of the City of Roseville Solid Waste department talk to people about recycling options and waste reduction information (including giving out re-usable BPA-free water bottles!) Chris Ewers of Biking Roseville talks to kids about bike safety, including appropriate helmet choices. Sarah Pipitone of Roseville, age 4, drops off her bike at the valet after riding to the Earth Day Festival at the Roseville Utility Exploration Center. The Pipitone family of Roseville, Sarah age 4, Dad Matt, and Jason age 7, make use of the free bike valet service offered by the City of Roseville. Damien Smith, age 1 1/2, and Dad Bo Smith of Roseville, check out a bearded dragon at the STAR Eco Station tent. The Martin family of Roseville, Kaitlin, age 11, Dad Jeff, Mom Stacy, and Kaylani, age 4, pose with "Izod" the alligator at the Mutual of Omaha's Wild Animal booth. Kyra Kerschner, with Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, shows off "Hooter" the barn owl to a large crowd of Earth Day celebrants. Norma Almeida and grandson Robert Hansen, age 6, of Roseville, explore energy efficient options, including CFL light bulbs, at the Roseville Electric table. 28-year-old "Izod" the alligator at the Mutual of Omaha's Wild Animal booth measures 6.5 feet long and is 110 lbs. Mary Becker, a Junior at Woodcreek HS, and a staffer at the Woodcreek Nature Center educates the public about native animal species found at the nearby park. "No CO2 For You!" Festival goers check out the 100% electric Tesla Roadster at the Travel Green Zone. Cassandra Ward of Auburn helps her children plant tomato seeds at the Whole Foods Kids' Club table.