by Alecia Eberhardt
Earth Day Events in the Hudson Valley
Wild Earth’s Wilderness Club: Bird Identification and Bird Language. The Wilderness Club is a place for adults and families to learn about tracking, wild edibles, bird language, and more. Take a break from busy life, grab a fresh breath of air, and get inspired about connecting with the beautiful natural world that surrounds us. $15 suggested donation; although no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Meet at the Park and Ride. North Chestnut Street (Route 32), New Paltz. 845-256-9830. wildearth.org. April 5 and April 12. 10am-12pm.
Clarkson University’s “Walk ‘n’ Talk” with Herbalist Sarah Elisabeth. Explore Denning’s Point for wild edibles and healing herbs with Sarah Elisabeth, an herbalist in the Wise Woman tradition. Sarah’s knowledge, matched by her bright personality, makes for an irresistible morning tour at Denning’s Point. This event is free; online registration required. There is a cap of 25 participants. Sponsored by the Beacon Institute. Center for Environmental Innovation and Education. 199 Denning’s Avenue, Beacon. bire.org. April 8. 10–11:30am.
Wild Earth’s Screech Owl: Spring Soaring. This event, for 4–7-year-olds, allows children to safely explore the elements and build lasting friendships with each other and the land as we nurture the village. Children walk away from Screech Owl feeling at home in nature and within themselves. Wild Earth’s staff is filled with seasoned teachers and naturalists who meet children where they are and help them to find harmony and joy both in the group and in the forest. Registration is $75; financial aid available. Three Suns Farm. 47 Butterville Road, New Paltz. 845-256-9830. wildearth.org. April 12. 10am-3pm.
Hudson River Summit. The Hudson River Summit will focus on building successful collaborations to implement the 2015-2020 Hudson River Estuary Program Action Agenda, a conservation and restoration plan that guides the work of the Estuary Program and its partners. The Action Agenda defines the challenges and identifies the desired conditions for the estuary and its watershed now and into the future. The Action Agenda charts a course to provide six key benefits: clean water; resilient communities; vital estuary ecosystem; estuary fish, wildlife, and habitats; natural scenery; and education, river access, recreation and inspiration. Registration for the conference, including a continental breakfast and lunch, is $35; student registration is $20. The registration deadline is April 2, 2015. The Grandview. 176 Rinaldi Boulevard, Poughkeepsie. hudsonriver.com. April 16. 9am–3:30pm.
Birds, Our Endangered Allies: A Lecture. This talk, given by author and director of the Center for Algonquin Culture Evan Pritchard, will explore bird medicine and climate change. Suggested donation is $20, but attendees are welcome to give what they can. Sustainable Living Resource Center. 150 Cottekill Road, Cottekill. 845-266-9231. April 17. 7pm–9pm.
Garden Day 2015: Beauty and the Feast. This event, sponsored by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program, will feature keynote speaker Margaret Roach, author and garden guru, along with 16 different class options taught by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County Master Gardeners, educators, and landscape professionals. Register online. SUNY Ulster Community College. 491 Cottekill Road, Stone Ridge. 845-340-3990, ext. 311. ulster.cce.cornell.edu/events. April 18. 8:30am–4:15pm.
2nd Annual Sacred Being Seed Swap. At this free event, part of the Sacred Being Health and Wellness Fair (see Dutchess County events), participants are invited to bring seeds to swap and discuss with fellow garden enthusiasts. Locust Grove Estate. 2683 South Road, Poughkeepsie. 845-616-6241. April 18. 11am–3pm.
Earth Day Cleanup at Mount Beacon Park. Make a difference this Earth day—help clean the park, refresh a planting beds, and improve trails! Mount Beacon Park. Route 9D and Howland Avenue, Beacon. 845-473-4440, ext. 273. scenichudson.org. April 22. 10am–1pm.
Stone Soup Earth Day Celebration at the Aiyana Community Garden. Join Ulster Corps for an Earth Day Service Event at the Ellenville Community Garden. Help get the garden ready for the growing season and build stone paths to protect the beds. If possible, please bring a few flat stones to use for the paths. Soup will be provided! All ages welcome, registration requested. Aiyana Ellenville Community Garden. Center Street and Market Street, Ellenville. 845-647-2443, ext. 301. ulstercorps.org. April 18: getting the garden ready for planting. April 22: planting seeds. April 25: Stone Soup Day. 10am–1pm.
Kingston Kinderland II Community Build. Kinderland, a much beloved play area in Forsyth Park, has endured much wear and tear and is in desperate need of an update. Kingston Kinderland II will include 32 new components in addition to benches, picnic tables, shade trees, and a walking trail surrounding the site, perfect for strollers. The Junior League of Kingston is recruiting volunteers to help by joining construction (no skills required), painting, landscaping, serving food, and providing childcare. There will be three 8-hour shifts per day: 8am–12pm, 12:30–5pm, and 5:30–9pm (except for Sunday, when there will only be two). Daily lunch and dinner as well as childcare will be provided for volunteers. Anyone 18 and older is able to volunteer; 14-17-year-olds are welcome when accompanied by an adult. Donations also welcomed. Forsyth Park. 157 Lucas Avenue Extension, Kingston. 845-481-3534. juniorleaguekingston.org. April 22–26.
Orange County Arboretum Arbor Day Celebration. At this free event, participants are welcome to view a tree-planting demo, tour the beautiful gardens, and observe a presentation on “Planting a Crafting/Cutting Garden” by Master Gardener Dora Wright in which they’ll learn what to plant for fresh and dried arrangements year-round. Orange County Arboretum at Thomas Bull Memorial Park. 41 Grove St, Montgomery. 845-615-3828. orangecountyarboretum.org. April 24. 11am.
Town of Rochester Road Clean Up Days. Town of Rochester residents are invited to join in our annual community event to clean up our town for Earth Day. Help keep our town beautiful and join in the road cleanup effort. Pick a road, get a few folks together and make your neighborhood shine! To participate in the road clean-up contact the Youth Commission office to register your clean-up spot and get your orange bags. If your road is not registered, the highway department will not know to pick up the full bags after the clean-up. 845-626-2115. email@example.com. April 18, 25.
Town of Rochester Earth Day Celebration. Join us at the Accord Community Center for a presentation by Linda-Brook Guenther on The Birds and the Bees in your Backyard: An Interactive Discussion on Pollinators in our Region. Make your own ‘Ka-Blooms’(pollinator seed bombs) with seeds donated by Hudson Valley Seed Library, learn about composting, find out about our Rondout Creek Clean Sweep and Stream Walk and how you can participate. You will also have an opportunity to purchase your pollinator and vegetable seeds and more. After the presentation, enjoy pizza from the Accord Community wood-fired oven and live music from Tulula! April 25. 2pm.
New Paltz Clean Sweep 2015. Every year, SUNY New Paltz and community volunteers join together to clean up the parks, sidewalks, and streets of New Paltz. This event coordinated by the New Paltz Community Improvement Team and Erica Wagner, SUNY New Paltz Service Learning Coordinator. Register online. Meet at St. Joseph’s Church. 34 South Chestnut Street, New Paltz. newpaltz.edu/careers/cleansweep.html. April 25. 8:30–11am.
Volunteer Weekend Workday and Park Patrol Training. This strenuous 8-mile hike isn’t for the faint of heart; volunteers need to prep for a full day on the trails with occasional stops to address maintenance issues such as lopping, brush clearing and blazing. Fishkill Ridge. Ridge Road, Fishkill. 845-473-4440, ext. 273.scenichudson.org. April 25. 9am–3pm.
Earth Grooves. Clearwater’s Earth Grooves concert will feature West African legend Amadoulaye Diabate, the Agua Clara Andean Ensemble, and the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers. Celebrated world musician David Amram will emcee the benefit event. VIP tickets are $100, including a wine and cheese reception before the event. General admission is $35; students tickets are $15; children 12 and under admitted free. Tickets available online at Clearwater.org/Earthgrooves. St. John’s Church. 1 Hudson Street, Yonkers. clearwater.org. April 25. 7pm (6pm for VIP ticket holders).
Earth Day Celebration at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. Enjoy Earth Day information, animal presentations, crafts, games, pony rides, food and more! Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall. 845-534-5506. hhnaturemuseum.org. April 25. 10am–3pm. Rain date: April 26.
13th Annual New Paltz Earth Day Fair. The Reformed Church of New Paltz and the New Paltz Climate Action Committee are cohosting this fun, family friendly Earth Day event. We will celebrate our environment, what we can and must do to protect it. Each year we have more and more enthusiastic participants and visitors, deliciously healthy refreshments, wonderful music, energy and money saving information, and activities for all ages. Let’s honor nature and have lots of family fun too! Free admission, rain or shine. Huguenot Street, New Paltz. firstname.lastname@example.org. April 26. 11am-3pm.
2015 Kingston Clean Sweep. Now in its 6th year, the annual Kingston Clean Sweep collected 2,840 pounds of trash and yard waste along the “Kingston Corridor” (from Washington Avenue through the Uptown Business District, down Broadway to the Rondout Waterfront) in just three hours in 2014. The Clean Sweep not only spruces up the Kingston Corridor, but aims to inspire hundreds of Kingstonians of all ages to do the same in their own neighborhoods. Individuals and groups are welcome to participate. Trash bags and plastic gloves are provided. Registration requested. Locations throughout Kingston. 845-339-0720 or 845-481-7336. kingstonparksandrec.org. May 2.
I Love My Parks Day. This exciting statewide event is organized by Parks & Trails New York in partnership with the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and local grassroots groups. Volunteers clean up park lands and beaches, plant trees and gardens, restore trails and wildlife habitat, remove invasive species, and work on various construction and site improvement projects. Participating Hudson Valley parks: Franny Reese State Park. Macks Lane, Highland. Minnewaska State Park. 5281 Route 44/55, Kerhonkson. Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park. 87 Haviland Road, Highland. Bear Mountain State Park. Route 9W, Bear Mountain. Staatsburgh State Historic Site. Old Post Road, Staatsburg. Harlem Valley Rail Trail. Route 22, Wassaic. Hudson Highlands State Park Preserve. Route 9D, Beacon. Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park. 61 Parker Avenue, Poughkeepsie. Fahnestock State Park. 1498 Route 301, Carmel. nysparks.com. May 2.
2015 Riverkeeper Sweep. Now in its 4th year, the annual Riverkeeper Sweep is the largest volunteer event to benefit the Hudson River and its tributaries. In 2014, thanks to over 120 Sweep leaders, 2,000 volunteers, and hundreds of community partners, the Sweep removed 31 tons of trash and recycling in 82 shoreline locations. Participants should contact the organization to create or join a volunteer group. Locations throughout New York City and the Hudson Valley. riverkeeper.org or email@example.com. May 9.