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Terranea Resort Offers Guests Fun Ways to Give Back this Earth Day

Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. (March 19, 2012)

Celebrate Earth Day Away with a Week of Conservation and Fun Including Ocean Clean-up by Kayak, Sea Lion Release, Plant a Tree Programs and More

Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. (March 19, 2012) - Terranea Resort offers guests a variety of opportunities to be green this Earth Day. Celebrating Mother Nature, the eco-friendly, oceanfront resort will introduce a week of special Earth Week programming, April 18-22, that encourages guests and local residents alike, to help make a difference in the environment and enjoy nature.

Interactive conservation programs created through Terranea's Pointe Discovery activity center, in association with A Billion Acts of Green®, allow guests to give back to the environment with a range of fun and enriching activities. Participate in clean-up efforts, by land and by sea; hike along the resort's Discovery Trail to assist with the restoration of indigenous plants; aid in marine mammal preservation and help reintroduce sea lions into the wild, or take a hawk walk to learn more about falcons and their environmentally friendly contributions. Other eco-educational experiences, like the resort’s “Edible Landscapes” program, show guests how one can be green at home, and all year long.

Following are five highlighted programs offered during Terranea’s Earth Week, developed to positively affect Water, Land, Air, Energy and Waste:

Walk, Bike or Share-a-Ride Day (Wednesday, April 18) – Guests are encouraged to explore Terranea and the local Rancho Palos Verdes area via mass transit, and check out options for carpooling. On April 18, guests who carpool to the resort can validate their parking tickets at Pointe Discovery to receive complimentary valet parking. Less driving means fewer emissions and every gallon of gas saved also keeps 20 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

Sea Lion Release and Volunteer Drive (Thursday, April 19) – Partnering with Terranea, the Marine Mammal Care Center rehabilitation and rescue team, will be releasing rescued Sea Lions back into their natural habitat. The five-star send off for the marine mammal friends will begin at 10:00 a.m. and take place at the Terranea Beach Cove. To date, the Marine Mammal Care Center at Fort MacArthur has treated and helped rehabilitate more than 4,500 marine mammal patients. Volunteers will have a behind-the-scenes opportunity to work with the rescue team while they examine, feed and help recover sea lions and other marine wildlife. Throughout the day, guests are encouraged to sign-up for volunteer time at the Marine Mammal Care Center. Donations of office supply items such as paper towels or highlighters, which are critical to operations at the Care Center, are also welcomed.

Growing A Billion Acts of Green® Tree and Habitat Restoration (Friday, April 20) - Plant a seed and grow a tree of action. Guests are invited to walk the Discovery Trail that surrounds Terranea Resort and learn about the indigenous plants and wildlife through naturalist-guided tours. A sampling of plants includes Dune Buckwheat (host plant to the endangered El Segundo Blue Butterfly), California Bush Sunflower, Lemonade Berry, and Coastal Prickly Pear. This varied mix of perennials, cacti and hardy shrubs provides a visual feast of color and texture for trail goers, as well as a welcome refuge for local wildlife. As keepers of this natural habitat, guests will work together as a team to restore indigenous plants, remove debris and help clean-up the Discovery Trail and surrounding area for the local wildlife.

Energy Conservation (Saturday, April 21) - The activity of focus for the day. Lighting throughout the entire resort will be turned off or dimmed to the lowest possible setting. Guests are encouraged to conserve and participate as well. Saving electricity doesn't just save money, it saves the environment by reducing pollution.

Earth Day, Fun with Purpose through Aqua-Terra Adventures (Sunday, April 22) - Guests can help preserve their home away from home. Tapping into the expertise of naturalists, ornithologist, and artists, Terranea has created adventures that provide hours of fun, while offering teachable moments in nature.  Whether it’s by firsthand exploration of the tide pools and nature trails or through educational programs, guests will leave with a connection to this wondrous place. Guests are invited to experience a variety of unique workshops and excursions throughout the day from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. including: A Hawk Walk with Falconers, Ocean Clean-Up by Kayak, Edible Landscaping Demonstration, and Discovery Trail Hikes.  All program fees will be donated to local non-profit organization partners.

Denim Collection Turns Blue to Green (April 18-22): Terranea’s Pointe Discovery will be collecting donated denim from guests throughout Earth Week to help support Cotton. From Blue to Green®.  Through the Cotton. From Blue to Green® program, denim is collected and converted to UltraTouch Denim Insulation to be been used in the building of multiple homes for communities in need. UltraTouch Denim Insulation is environmentally safe and offers exceptional acoustic and thermal performance without carcinogenic warnings, formaldehyde, or chemical irritants.

About Terranea Resort

Terranea, L.A.’s Oceanfront Resort, is magnificently poised above the Pacific Ocean on the Palos Verdes Peninsula and located 20 miles south of Los Angeles International Airport. Terranea Resort is owned by a joint venture comprised of Lowe Enterprises and JC Resorts and managed by

Destination® Hotels & Resorts. The property boasts 582 rooms including a 360-room hotel with 32 suites, and 20 bungalows and features 50 oceanfront three-bedroom casitas and 32 ocean view three-bedroom villas, offering a residential setting with rental or Resort real estate opportunities for guests to purchase a second home. Resort amenities include The Links at Terranea, a nine-hole par three golf course; The Spa at Terranea, a 50,000 square-foot oceanfront spa, fitness center and Café; and three unique swimming pools, one with children’s play area and a 140-foot waterslide. Three ocean view restaurants offer a variety of food and beverage experiences including Catalina Kitchen for casual, all-day dining; mar'sel, the free-standing signature restaurant; and Nelson's, a cliff-side restaurant and bar with spectacular vantage points for whale watching. Designed to reveal the Resort’s dramatic outdoor vistas, Terranea's conference and meeting facilities include 135,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space. Other amenities include marea, a luxury retail boutique; children’s center with interactive programs; Pointe Discovery, an “active-living” store and adventure concierge for activities that explore the rich local terrain and ocean environment. Several miles of scenic bluff-top trails connect miles of off-property coastal trails, and a secluded beach cove also adds to the unique experiences at Terranea Resort. For more information, visit www.terranea.com or call 866-802-8000. Please follow Terranea Resort on Facebook and Twitter.

About A Billion Acts of Green

In recognition of the power of millions of individual actions, Earth Day 2012 will be organized around A Billion Acts of Green®: Personal, organizational and corporate pledges to live and act sustainably.  At over 42 million actions to date, the Billion Acts of Green® campaign – the largest environmental service campaign in the world – is steadily building commitments by individuals, corporations, and governments in honor of Earth Day. A Billion Acts of Green® demonstrates the kind of environmental impact that can be made when millions of people, corporations and organizations make commitments, both small and large, to better their environment.  Although an overwhelming number at first glance, the goal of a Billion acts can only be achieved by starting with individual actions.

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