Earth Day celebrations happening in and around North Salem


Photo by Akil Mazumder

It’s been fifty-three years since Earth Day was established, and the need to care for our planet has never been more pressing. The impacts of climate change are present in our everyday lives, and remind us that everyone–individuals, businesses and government–all need to work together to protect and preserve our home.

To mark this Earth Day, several local organizations are planning events and activities to inspire and mobilize action around society’s greatest challenge.

Lewisboro Land Trust: Earth Day Party
Saturday, April 22; 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Lewisboro Land Trust and Compass Realtor Juliska Martino are co-hosting an Earth Day Party at Hemlock Lake in North Salem’s Mountain Lakes Park. The gathering invites families to the serene woods to celebrate Earth Day with a full slate of interactive activities. The cause is personal for Martino, a North Salem resident who attends the Land Trust’s monthly toddler and preschool hikes with her two young children. “I truly love the Land Trust. It’s one of those things that, without it, I’d be so lost. My kids have learned to enjoy hikes because of them. I think that working with an organization that aligns with how I feel about life just seems like such a good fit.”

Attendees will enjoy a short hike around the lake, music and songs, snacks, refreshments and coloring sheets. In the interest of sustainability, families are encouraged to bring their own travel drink containers. FREE; registration required.

Railyard Arts Studio: Earth Day Art Workshop
Saturday, April 22; 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
In this hands-on kid’s workshop, students will learn how to use the beauty of our planet to create their own art masterpieces. Participants will make brushes and paint with natural elements, and celebrate Earth Day in their own artistic way. This is a drop-off event for kids in Grades K-5. $30; registration required.

Parsley & Sage: Beginner’s Garden Design Studio 101
Saturday, April 22; 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Seasoned gardeners and co-hosts of the Parsley & Sage podcast Pam Pooley and Jeanne Farewell invite locals to drop by the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library for a fun, hands-on session with graph paper, tracing paper, rulers and colored pencils – all provided by the library. The event will begin with a short slide show featuring a native plant palette and a variety of graphing styles to choose from; then it’s time to plant your garden! This program is FREE, open to all and requires no registration.

Ridgefield Earth Day Expo
Sunday, April 23; 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
The Ridgefield Action Committee for the Environment (RACE) is hosting an Earth Day exposition and celebration at the Ridgefield Library. RACE will be joined in this celebration by environmental groups local to the Ridgefield area. Expo topics range from electric vehicle charging, solar panels, heat pump technology, to composting, recycling, planting butterfly gardens and pollinator pathways, eradicating invasive plant species and planting native species, and a leaf blower showdown, and more. FREE; No registration required.

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