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Earth Day

2014 DEC Earth Week Events

Earth Week Events
Date Event Place/Time Description
Guided Walk: John Muir's Gifts Five Rivers Environmental Education Center,
56 Game Farm Rd.
Delmar 10 AM-Noon
Join us as we celebrate the 176th anniversary of the birth of John Muir, noted naturalist and founder of the Sierra Club, and the 44th anniversary of the first Earth Day. Walk through the woods and be inspired by Muir's writings. "Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean."
Family Fun: Black Bear Five Rivers Environmental Education Center56 Game Farm Rd.
Delmar 10 AM
Families are invited to learn about black bears during this fun, hands-on presentation. Discover what kinds of food bears like to eat that people also enjoy, and play a game about how bears survive in the forest. Contact 518-475-0291 for more information.
The Fallen Log Rogers Environmental Education Center, 2721 State Highway 80, Sherburne
10:30 - 11:30 AM
Come out and welcome spring with the Friends of Rogers staff as we venture out on the trail to explore the hidden world of fallen logs. A fallen log leaves a lot of resources behind for other living things to use. Things we will look for are insects, plants, amphibians and much more. Call 518-402-8049 for more information.
Animal Superpowers Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, 2:00 PM They may not be faster than a speeding bullet or more powerful than a locomotive, but many animals have abilities beyond those of humans. Take a walk and learn about some of the amazing residents of the woods. Registration is required; please call 716-683-5959 to sign up.
NYS Pollution Prevention Institute's "Greenovation" project showcase and K-12 Poster Exhibit Rochester Institute of Technology
Golisano Institute of Sustainability
111 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester
9:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Graduate and undergraduate students from across NY will present their innovative solutions to environmental problems. More about the featured teams and projects. There will also be an Earth Day poster exhibition showcasing work from K-12 students.
Trail Tuesdays Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew, 6:30-7:30 PM Turn your love for the outdoors into rewarding action. Every April through August from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., assist with projects to help maintain and improve ecosystems and trails throughout the preserve. There is something for almost every age and ability to help with! Refreshments provided. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.
Hike at Mt. Loretto Mt. Loretto Unique Area,
Staten Island
10:30-11:30 AM
View new access improvements and take a short (20 min.) or long (1 hour) nature hike to a fishing pond, unique grassland habitat and to the beach, with stunning views and wildlife (bald eagles!) all along the way. More information contact Tom Panzone at 718-482-4953 or tvpanzon@gw.dec.state.ny.us
Tribute to Anne LaBastille DEC Central Office,
625 Broadway
Albany, Public Assembly Rm 129 A&B Noon
Anne LaBastille (1933-2011)was an internationally known ecologist and pioneer in conservation ecology, women in conservation and the author of books (Woodswoman: Living Alone in the Adirondack Wilderness) and scientific articles. See her obituary in the Adirondack Explorer Contact Leslie Surprenant 518-402-9405 for more information.
Toddler Story Time and Hike Rogers Environmental Education Center, 2721 State Highway 80, Sherburne
10:00 - 11:00 AM
Songs and a story start off this family friendly program followed by a short hike on one of the trails. Bring a snack or a picnic lunch to enjoy after the hike with your new found friends. For children ages one to four. Join Friends of Rogers every Wednesday, 10 - 11 a.m. for these special programs for toddlers. For more information call 607-674-4733.
After School Escape Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew4:30 to 5:30 PM
Children in grades K through 5 and their caregivers are invited to enjoy a one-hour program for kids featuring fun, outdoor activities.
Woodcock Walk Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar
7:00-8:30 PM
Join Center Director Ray Perry and members of the Hudson-Mohawk Bird Club to listen for the flight of the woodcock, one of the most distinguished sounds of spring
Container Gardening Workshop Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center, 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls
Find out what makes a great looking container garden. Discussion will include how to select plants of different heights, characteristics and colors that will create a unique combination. For adults; $5.00 per person. Register via email at foundation@stonykill.org.
April 25
Owl Prowl Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew
7:30 PM
Learn about local owls and listen for their calls on a walk in the woods. Program sponsored by Friends of Reinstein to raise funds for purchasing new owl mounts. Fee $2.00/person; Friends of Reinstein members fee is $1.00. For adults and children ages 8 and older. Registration is required; please call 716-683-5959 to sign up.
John James Audubon's Birthday Walk Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar
9:00 AM
Celebrate the birth of ornithologist and painter John James Audubon. Birds of America is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever completed and inspired an interest in birds that continues to this day. Observe birds in the field and compare them to their images in Audubon's paintings.
Maintaining Trails Workshop Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center, 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls
9:30- Noon
This workshop is conducted by the NY/NJ Trail Conference for volunteers who are interested in helping maintain the eight miles of trails at Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center. Adults should register via email at foundation@stonykill.org to participate in the workshop.
Guided Walk: North Loop Five Rivers Environmental Education Center, 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar
2:00 PM
Explore the forests of the North Loop Trail. Spring is a special time of year in the forest and is ideal for observing ephemeral native plants, vernal pools, and new buds. Enjoy a two-mile guided hike as we see the forest come to life.
Open Barn Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center, 79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls
11:00AM -1:00 PM
Visit cows, sheep and chickens and learn about the importance of agriculture in the Hudson Valley and how to help support local farmers.
Name That Tree Reinstein Woods Environmental Education Center, 93 Honorine Drive, Depew
10:00 AM
What better way to celebrate Arbor Day than to take a hike in the woods and identify common trees? Join Reinstein staff to discover the tricks to tree ID and learn fun tree facts along the way. Registration required; call 716-683-5959 to sign up.
Earth Day Celebration at the New York State Zoo New York State Zoo, Thompson Park
10:00 AM-3:00 PM
Booths and activities teach kids and adults about the earth. Meet Smokey Bear and Woodsey Owl and get a free tree. Visit the NYS Zoo website for more information or call 315-782-6180 or DEC Region 6 office information.r6@dec.ny.gov
I Fish NY - Free Fishing Clinic on the Hudson River Norrie Point Environmental Center,
Staatsburg, NY
10 AM to 1 PM
Try your hand at seining in the cove or angling on the back deck. Free. All equipment provided. Deck is wheelchair accessible. Call James Herrington 845-889-4745 x109 for more information.
Earth Day Project: Canal Clean Sweep Albany Boat Launch,
Corning Preserve,
9AM -12:00 PM
Five Rivers staff and Student Conservation Association environmental educators invite volunteers to help beautify the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail, starting at the Albany Boat Launch at the Corning Preserve in Albany and working northward. Garden gloves are recommended. Trash bags will be provided. Call Five Rivers 518-475-0291 for more information.
Earth Day at Prospect Park Lake Prospect Park Lake Audubon Center, Brooklyn
12 PM - 4 PM
Fish for free, no license needed. Learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology. Contact Melissa Cohen 718-482-4022 for more information:

Remember...Every Day is Earth Day!

There are lots of ways you can help the environment right now. Check out the Earth Day tips below and visit our Make a Difference page for more ways you can make a difference every day.

50 Earth Day Tips

At Home

In the kitchen...

  • Set the refrigerator temperature between 38 F and 42 F.
  • Set the freezer temperature between O F and 5 F.
  • Microwave whenever you can.
  • Don't wash dishes with the water running.

In the dining room...

  • Use napkin rings and cloth napkins.
  • Use washable plates, cups and silverware.
  • Serve condiments from recyclable containers.
  • Provide personal glasses for soft drinks.

In the laundry...

  • Wash and dry only full loads.
  • Wash with warm water instead of hot.
  • Rinse with cold water instead of warm.
  • Hang wash out to dry.

In the bathroom...

  • Shut off the sink while brushing your teeth.
  • Shut off the shower while soaping or scrubbing.
  • Install a low-flow shower head.
  • Reduce the volume of water in your toilet tank.

In the living room...

  • Switch off unnecessary lights.
  • Dress warm: don't turn up the furnace.
  • Dress cool: don't turn on the air conditioner.
  • Raise shades on winter days; lower them in summer.
  • Reverse your fans for summer and winter operations as recommended.

In the yard...

  • Compost leaves and grass clippings.
  • Avoid pesticides, use nontoxic alternatives.
  • Apply only as much fertilizer as the lawn needs.
  • Water the grass early in the morning.
  • Plant a tree.

In the garage...

  • Recycle motor oil, antifreeze and car batteries.

Away from Home

In the car...

  • Drive at the speed limit.
  • Avoid sudden starts or stops.
  • Don't overfill the fuel tank.
  • Check the tire pressure monthly.
  • Change air and oil filters regularly.

At the store . . .

  • Don't buy over packaged items.
  • Choose products in reusable and/or recyclable containers.
  • Buy concentrated cleaners and detergents.
  • Return empty bottles and cans for deposit.
  • Bring your own string bag or cloth tote.

At work...

  • Send electronic copies whenever possible.
  • Copy reports and memos on both sides.
  • Circulate rather than copy paperwork.
  • Reuse tubes and envelopes for mailing.
  • Recycle.

At play...

  • Carry out what you carry in.
  • Hike, row, sail, ski or paddle - don't motor.
  • Build campfires with care.
  • Observe, don't disturb wildlife and plant life.
  • Share books, cassettes, magazines and videotapes with friends, hospitals and prisons.

At school . . .

  • Copy bulletins and exams on two sides, make notes and drafts on scrap paper.
  • Reuse textbooks and school supplies.
  • Serve reusable trays, dishes and silverware.
  • Compost cafeteria vegetable wastes.
  • Recycle!

Plan Your Own Event

There are many recycling events and activities you can get started in your own community. Get your friends together and plan to make things better right where you live.

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