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From Green Right Now Reports

That lovable cartoon aardvark Arthur (and Buster and D.W.) will help kids gravitate toward greener ways this Earth Month.

Now in it’s 14th season on PBS, the iconic ARTHUR show has scheduled five new episodes highlighting environmental protection, cultural awareness and teamwork that will start on Earth Day, April 22, and continuing through April 28. (See local listings for specific times.)

Kids can watch Arthur, buddy Buster and sister D.W., face the same decisions they might when it comes to making green or culturally aware choices.

The special set of shows kicks off with “Buster Baxter and the Letter from the Sea” (see a clip below). In this episode, Buster discovers a message in a bottle on the beach while vacationing with the Read . Convinced it could be an urgent message from the people of the lost city of Atlantis, Buster begins throwing bottles into the water with return messages — and learns that the real message is a lesson about keeping beaches and waterways clean.

Kids in Preschool and elementary grades can also take a Go Green Challenge online, by pledging to take age-appropriate simple steps that help green the Earth.

“This Earth Day, we wanted to show kids how simple actions can affect the environment,” says Senior Executive Producer Carol Greenwald. “Through this episode and the Go Green Challenge, kids can learn simple steps that they can take to help protect the world around them.”

The episode schedule for Earth Week:

Friday, April 22, 2011 – Follow the Bouncing Ball, Buster Baxter and the Letter from the Sea
Monday, April 25, 2011 – Around the World in 11 Minutes, Muffy and the Big Bad Blog
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 – Arthur Unravels, All the Rage
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 – D.W., Queen of the Comeback, In My Africa
Thursday, April 28, 2011 – Buster Spaces Out, The Long Road Home

The award-winning Arthur series, which has claimed six Daytime Emmys®, is based on the books by Marc Brown and produced by WGBH in Boston.