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Grab Your Green Gear: A Guide to Earth Day (updated)

Tree art by Bill Batson revisedHave no fear, winter weary river villagers, Earth Day is here. It’s time to grab your green gear and celebrate the planet.  Here is a guide to a number of fun, educational, earth-wise events this weekend around town and across the county.

Keep Rockland Beautiful
Nyack Community Cleanup
April 26 9a-12n/Rain-date: April 27 9a-12n

Help remove tons of litter from village streets, parks and waterways as part of the “Great American Cleanup Campaign.” Volunteers will meet up at the Nyack Center (corner of Broadway and Depew) before 9a, to pick up supplies, enjoy refreshments and exchange ideas with neighbors before heading out to chosen sites from 9am-11am. Find KiRBy, the Cleanup Gnome (He’ll be hiding in littered sites), and win a prize. Students earn community service credits for every hour they roll up their sleeves. Afterwards, tools will be returned to Nyack’s Memorial Park for village Earth Day festivities, noon to 5pm. Share cleanup stories and achievements and then join in the fun: live music, craft projects, educational exhibits and games. Info: 845.708.9164.

Nyack Earth Day
Memorial Park
Saturday, April 26, 12-5p

Nyack’s Earth Day Committee will sponsor live music, a clothing swap, environmental demonstrations, arts, crafts, food and fun—all to save the earth and to raise funds for the Nyack Skate Park. This year will feature craft projects, local artisans, live music, educational exhibits, trade tables, giveaways and food vendors. Admission to the event is free. Nyack’s Earth Day Committee will sponsor live music, a clothing swap, environmental demonstrations, arts, crafts, food and fun—all to save the earth and to raise funds for the Nyack Skate Park. This year will feature craft projects, local artisans, live music, educational exhibits, trade tables, giveaways and food vendors. Admission to the event is free.

Earth Day at Bear Mountain State Park
April 26, 10:30a-3p
Trailside Museums & Zoo, Seven Lakes Parkway, Bear Mountain, NY

Join the Student Conservation Association’s Hudson Valley Corps and the Trailside Museums and Zoo to celebrate Earth Day at Bear Mountain State Park! Earth Day at Bear Mountain is a day of family-friendly activities intended to foster environmental awareness related to local wildlife, human impacts on the environment, and much more. Visitors encounter stations along the trail providing educational experiences and information. Volunteers will provide education at these stations. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring your own reusable water bottle.

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Volunteer opportunities are limited to SCA members or current volunteers of the Trailside Museums and Zoo. However, all members of the public are invited to come participate in the day’s activities. RSVP renee.lamonica@parks.ny.gov for exact meeting location.

SmartHome/smartChoices
Pascack Community Center, 87 New Clarkstown Road, Nanuet
Saturday, April 26, 9a-1p

Learn to make your home eco-efficient while saving money presents an expo with information on affordable energy, saving and water, conservation actions, and practices for inside and outside your home. Learn to make your home eco-efficient while saving money presents an expo with information on affordable energy, saving and water, conservation actions, and practices for inside and outside your home.
Topics to be covered include:

  • Home energy assessments
  • Energy efficient heating and cooling systems
  • Weatherization
  • Photovoltaic installation
  • Water saving devices and techniques
  • Rain barrels, rain gardens, xeriscaping, mulching, and composting

Rain barrels ($75) and composting bins ($55) will be available for sale.
For more information please call: 845-639-2056

Where Have All the Monarchs Gone?
Nyack Library
Sunday, April 27, 7p

Join “Butterfly Lady” Maraleen Manos-Jones for this illustrated journey with Monarch butterflies.
Please register by calling  845-358-3370.

Illustration: Tree drawing by Bill Batson

 

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