DEEP: Earth Day Events

Celebrate Earth Day 2018

You are invited to participate in Earth Day activities.
All events and activities are free and open to the public, except where noted.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Bethel -  Community Earth Day
Description: Join the Bethel community as they celebrate Earth Day by coming together to build and support a healthy environment.  The event will include local vendors, non-profit organizations, community groups, artists, craftspeople, farmers, animals and animal lovers, and others who are dedicated to environmental awareness and preserving our planet.
Location: Lawn of the Bethel Municipal Center, 1 School Street, Bethel CT 06801
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sponsoring Organization(s): Town of Bethel, Bethel Parks & Rec , First Congregational Church of Bethel
Other Information:  FREE, Family Friendly
Contact:  Heather McMillan,  203-743-1877,  fccbsecretary@firstchurch

Ellington -  Earth Day Celebration
Description:Celebrate Earth Day with the Ellington community with live music, food trucks, and local community groups and vendors. There will be animal displays, a bounce house, a giant sandbox and other fun activities for kids. Yoga, tree planting and pruning demonstrations will be going on throughout the day. 
Location: Town Green, 72 Main St, Ellington 
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sponsoring Organization(s): Town of Ellington
Other Information:  FREE, Family Friendly
Contact: Chamae Mejias, 860-871-9700, ext 110   chamae@earthlighttech.com
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/427474844374064/ 

Niantic -  Earth Day 2018
Description:.  Earth Day 2018 Celebration with Music & Kid's Activities!  3 time Grammy Nominee "Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could", "Steve Elci and Friends", and Folk Singer Geoff Kaufman!!  Live Animals from Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Rigamijig for building by Pine Point School, Enviroscape, Art (Painting, chalk, etc.) stations and more!
Location:  McCook Park in Niantic CT
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Sponsoring Organization(s):  Earth Day Every Day CT, Save the River-Save the Hills, East Lyme RentaSpace
Other Information:  Free Family Fun!   (www.bradyrymer.comwww.steveelciandfriends.com)
Contact: Deb Moshier-Dunn, 860-444-9247;  debm0727@sbcglobal.net
Website:  www.facebook.com/pg/EarthDayEveryDayCT/events/?ref=page 

Ridgefield - Lions Club Shredding Day
Description: Bring all your old receipts, bills, tax papers, bank statements, checks, etc. to be shredded by Winters Brothers mobile shred truck - you can even watch while they do it!  Funds raised by this event go toward Club initiatives, like those involving senior citizens and the RHS senior scholarship.
Location:  94 Danbury Road - parking lot (behind Starbucks)
Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sponsoring Organization:  Ridgefield Lions Club
Other Information:   Cost is $10.00 per paper-box sized box  (larger is extra)
Contact:  Rob Baldwin, 203-979-2121,  RABTHE4TH@gmail.com

West Hartford - USJ BioBlitz
Description:
   Join us as we explore the life that lives on our campus.  The event will include an environmental fair, nature walks, art displays, musical performances, and much more!
Location:   University of Saint Joseph, 1678 Asylum Ave, West Hartford
Time:   9 am -3 pm
Sponsoring Organization(s):   USJ Women LEAD (Lead, Empower, Advance, Discover) in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math)
Other Information:  The event is free, but pre-registration is encouraged
Contact:   Dr. Kirsten Martin,  860 231-5385,  kirstenmartin@usj.edu
Website:   https://giving.usj.edu/BioBlitz

Woodbury - Earth Day Festival
Description: Woodbury Earth Day features live music, food trucks, and 100+ vendors & exhibitors including Local Artisans, Farmers & Growers, Nonprofit Organizations, Wellness Practitioners, Landscapers & Arborists, Home Energy Solutions, Home Improvement Services, and so much more! Special activities including live animal demos, yoga classes, and nature walks will take place throughout the day. Don't miss out on this free day of fun for the whole family.
Location: Hollow Park, 43 Hollow Road, Woodbury, CT
Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Sponsoring Organization(s): Pomperaug River Watershed Coalition
Other Information: Free Admission & Parking / Rain or Shine
Contact:  Carol Haskins, 203-263-0076, earthday@pomperaug.org
Website: www.woodburyearthday.org
 
Woodbury - New Morning Market 23rd Annual Earth Day Celebration
Description:  Community-focused event to communicate the impact that agriculture has on our environment and to share how each of us can positively impact our local and global environment.  Join in a day of education, sampling and fun with product vendors, local farmers, environmental groups and wellness practitioners.
Location: 129 Main Street North, Woodbury, CT  06798
Time: 11 am - 4 pm
Sponsoring Organization: New Morning Market
Other Information:   Free!
Contact: Emily Hunt, 203-263-4868 ext. 418,  emilyj.newmorn@gmail.com

Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22, 2018

Ridgefield - Rid Litter Days
Description: In 1992 the Caudatowa Garden Club introduced Rid-Litter Day in Ridgefield with its "Clean Sweep Day." Every year since, the Town has united in ridding its streets, common areas and neighborhoods of litter to honor Earth Day
Location: All Ridgefield streets, neighborhoods and common areas.
Time: All day
Sponsoring Organization(s): Caudatowa Garden Club
Other Information: No fee to participate. Vests (on loan) and bags are available from Parks and Rec and Chamber of Commerce.  
The Highway Department will pick up all collected material from the following collection points on Monday, April 23rd: Fox Hill Lake, RHS, East Ridge Middle and Farmingville Elementary Schools 
Contact:  Barbara Hartman,  203-438-8288,  highway@ridgefieldct.org
 
Saturday, April 28, 2018
 
New Haven - 10th Annual Rock to Rock Earth Day Bike Ride & Green Fair
Description: A community event that raises money for over 20 environmental organizations or initiatives. It celebrates with bike rides in New Haven and the region.  The event begins at West Rock State Park in New Haven and ends at East Rock Park in New Haven regardless of which ride you choose (5 mile, 12 mile, 20 mile, 40 mile or metric route)
Location: Common Ground High School, 358 Springside Avenue, New Haven, CT
Time: 7:15-10:30am for rides; 11:30am Green Fair
Sponsoring Organization(s):  Common Ground, Urban Resources Initiative, New Haven-Leon Sister City Project, CitySeed, Inc., and New Haven Parks Department.
Other Information:  Parking available at Southern CT State University's Wintergreen Garage; bike over to Common Ground High School, at the base of West Rock State Park.  Rock to Rock Green Fair begins at 11:30am and runs to 2:00pm - includes music, food trucks, tables with environmental information, local vendors and you can cheer in all the bikers!
Contact: Joel Tolman, 203-389-4333 x1214, jtolman@commongroundct.org
 
Sunday, April 29, 2018
 
Barkhamsted - 5th Annual Barkhamsted Earth Day Nature Festival
Description: Come get your Nature on! Festival features noted bear biologist/author Ben Kilham, who works with orphaned cubs and gets them ready to be released back into the wild. The Festival celebrates all thing natural and the area will be abuzz with activities from talks on nature photography, Monarch butterflies, firestarting in the wild, native plants that attract birds, and much, much more. Free for all ages, including a wild Birds of Prey show. 
Location: Peoples State Forest Pavilion, 100 East River Road, Barkhamsted, CT 06063
Time: 12:30-5 p.m
Sponsoring Organization(s):  Barkhamsted Economic Development and Conservation Commissions, Barkhamsted Lions Club, Friends of American Legion and Peoples State Forests
Other Information: Kids make-your-own chickadee boxes and carve-your-own walking sticks, river insect collection, pollinator garden demos, bird calling, how to pack a backpack, how to start a fire in the wild, and much, much more. All in a peaceful setting by the wild and scenic West Branch of the Farmington River.
Contact:  Don Stein, 860-379-8285, sosipatra@aol.com