Weeklong slate of Earth Day events around New York

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York is celebrating the 49th Anniversary of Earth Day with a week-long schedule of activities including hiking, fishing and tree-planting.  The Department of Environmental Conservation is teaming up with other organizations to host the events through next weekend. Here’s the full schedule:

Central and Western New York (Regions 7, 8, and 9)

Date and timeLocationActivity
Sat. April 20
10:30 – 11:30 AM
Rogers Environmental Education Center,
Sherburne (Region 7)
Family Fun Program: April Showers: Water is essential for life on earth and is all around us in many forms. Join the Rogers Environmental Education Center to go on a journey to explore water all over the globe and its various properties.
Mon. April 22
6-8 PM
Rogers Environmental Education Center,
Sherburne (Region 7)
Community Read and Discussion: Discuss Barbara Kingsolver’s novel Prodigal Summer with a focus on its environmental themes. Light refreshments will be served, books can be checked out at the Sherburne and Earlville libraries.
Weds. April 24
10:30 – 11:30 AM
Rogers Environmental Education Center,
Sherburne (Region 7)
Story time and Hike: Join Friends of Rogers educators for songs and a story, followed by a short hike along the trails. Bring a snack or a picnic lunch to enjoy with friends.
Mon. April 22
6:30 PM
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center,
Depew (Region 9)
Earth Day Home Energy Action Workshop: Celebrate Earth Day by discovering solar power programs and incentives available for your home. Explore home energy efficiency programs and learn practical tips for saving money by conserving energy. Door prizes and light refreshments provided. Registration is required, please call 716-683-5959.
Tues: April 23
1:30 PM
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center,
Depew (Region 9)
Nature Tech Adventure: Nature Apps: Explore how to use your smartphone to enhance your nature experience. For children ages 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959.
Weds. April 24
1:30 PM
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center,
Depew (Region 9)
Nature Tech Adventure: Geo-Caching Egg Hunt: Participants will learn how to use a Global Positioning System (GPS) unit and use the handheld GPS units to find hidden eggs in the preserve. For children ages 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959.
Thurs. April 25
1:30 PM
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center,
Depew (Region 9)
Nature Tech Adventure: Solar Solutions: Discover the fun side of science as we harness the power of the sun to bake, create art, and more! For children ages 8 and up. Registration required; call 716-683-5959.
Fri. April 26
10:30 AM
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center,
Depew (Region 9)
Citizen Science: Project Squirrel: Come join us on the trail as we learn how to be citizen scientists and record squirrel sightings in the preserve. Once you’ve learned, you can do at home too. For children ages 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959.
Fri. April 26
1:30 PM
Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve & Environmental Education Center,
Depew (Region 9)
Nature Tech Adventure: Birding: Celebrate John James Audubon’s birthday by birding in the woods! Incorporate technology with birding and learn about eBird and the Merlin bird ID app. For children ages 8 and older. Registration required; call 716-683-5959.
Sat. April 27
10 AM – 2 PM
Seneca Park,
Rochester (Region 8)
Family Nature Fest: Participate in nature walks, make observations about nature for a WXXI’s Nature Challenge and the Seneca Park Zoo’s City Nature Challenge, do natural arts & crafts, and meet PBS KIDS Nature Cat! Participants will also learn what citizen science is, how it helps inform local issues, and showing how families can participate in simple citizen science projects. Some of the activities will be outside, some will be inside, but there will be limited space indoors. Families can go on guided nature walks with experts. Please wear appropriate footwear like sneakers, hiking boots, or winter boots.

Capital District (Region 4)

Date and timeLocationActivity
Monday-Saturday
9 AM – 4:30 PM
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center,
Delmar
Five Rivers Scavenger Hunt: Stop in at the visitor center and pick up a scavenger hunt before heading out to walk the trails at Five Rivers. Visitors are encouraged to bring their imagination and observation skills, because this scavenger hunt is not about collecting things. Instead, it’s all about completing a list of activities, from gazing at clouds, to touching the earth, to taking a closer look at insects.
Mon., Weds., Fri. April 22, 24, 26
2-4 PM
Five Rivers Environmental Education Center,
Delmar
EarthQuest!: Join DEC’s Office of Climate Change to play EarthQuest, a role-play game focused on climate change and sustainability. Appropriate for middle and high school students, the game will challenge players to think creatively about solutions for environmental problems. This version of the game will be set in New York State’s Capital District and the Upper Hudson River Estuary. Space is limited. Call Five Rivers at 518-475-0291 to register, and organize friends and bring a group.
Mon. April 22
1 – 3 PM
Various locations,
Troy
Troy Earth Day Cleanup: A multi-location event to help clean-up the North Central and Hill Side neighborhoods of Troy. Visit http://www.troyny.gov/community/earth-day/ for more information.
Tues. April 23
9:30 AM
Six Mile Waterworks, AlbanyFish Stocking at Six Mile Water Works: Join DEC’s Bureau of Fisheries and Bureau of Environmental Education staff as they stock Rensselaer Lake in Albany’s Pine Bush with approximately 2,000 rainbow trout.
Tues. April 23
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Six Mile Waterworks, AlbanySix Mile Waterworks Fishing Festival: The public is invited to a free fishing event where participants can fish for free; no freshwater fishing license is required. In addition to fishing, participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology.
Fri. April 26
11 AM – 12:30 PM
Stephen and Harriet Myers House,
Albany
Partnership with Albany Goes Green (AGG),10th Anniversary of Arbor Day tree plantings: DEC environmental educators and foresters will join St. Rose college students and the new City of Albany forester, Jay LaVigne, to help community members plant trees and take part in family-friendly activities.
Fri. April 26
12:00 PM
Capital Park, AlbanyTree Planting: Arbor Day celebration and tree planting, Arbor Day poster contest winners to be announced.
Fri. April 26
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Lawson Lake County Park, Feura BushEarth Day Gathering Fishing Clinic: The public is invited to a free fishing event where participants can fish for free; no freshwater fishing license is required. In addition to fishing, participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology.
Fri. April 26 – Sun. April 28Various locationsCanal Clean Sweep: Each Earth Day, the New York State Canal Corporation and Parks & Trails New York host Canal Clean Sweep, a day of spring cleaning in public areas throughout the Canal corridor. Visit https://www.ptny.org/events/canal-clean-sweep for more information.
Sat. April 27
9 AM – 12 PM
Albany Pine Bush Discovery Center,
Albany
Earth Day in the Pine Bush: A variety of activities suitable for all ages will be taking place. All equipment will be provided. Meet at the Discovery Center. Pre-registration is required. For more information, visit https://www.albanypinebush.org/events/detail.cfm?id=2545.
Sat. May 4
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Barney Road (Barney Pond), Clifton ParkLearn to Fish Day in Clifton Park: The public is invited to a free fishing event where participants can fish for free; no freshwater fishing license is required. In addition to fishing, participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology.

Hudson Valley (Region 3)

Date and timeLocationActivity
April 20, 21, 27, 29,
11 AM – 1 PM
Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center,
Wappinger Falls
Open Barn: Stony Kill Farm maintains a working farm housing chickens, cows, pigs, and sheep. Visit with the farm animals and find out about their care from the volunteer Livestock Caretakers.

Open Greenhouse: Learn about the life cycle of a plant during your visit to the greenhouse. Visitors can touch and, in some instances, taste what is being grown in the greenhouse.
Fri. April 26
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
DEC Region 3 Office,
New Paltz
“Trees for Tribs” Potting Up Arbor Day Event: The Hudson River Estuary’s Trees for Tribs (tributaries) program will kick-off the spring planting season with a “Potting Up” event in celebration of Arbor Day. Volunteers are welcome to join DEC staff in potting up thousands of bare-root seedlings that will be used in the Trees for Tribs program.

Hudson River Estuary Trees for Tribs plantings take place throughout the Hudson Valley in May and September. Municipalities, environmental organizations, land trusts, watershed groups, and schools participate and volunteer. All ages are welcome, but younger volunteers must be accompanied by an adult. On-site training is provided.
Sat. April 27
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Lake Gleneida NYC DEP Property (Route 6), CarmelFamily Fishing Day: The public is invited to a free fishing event where participants can fish for free; no freshwater fishing license is required. In addition to fishing, participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology.
Sat. April 27
10 AM – 2 PM
Hyde Park Drive-in TheaterDrop-In at the Drive-In: National Parks Service Earth Day Celebration features recycling and Earth Day activities for all ages.
Sun. April 28 9:00 AM – 1:00 PMOverlook Park, PoughkeepsieFree Family Fishing Day: The public is invited to a free fishing event where participants can fish for free; no freshwater fishing license is required. In addition to fishing, participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology.
Sat. May 4
2:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Norrie Point Environmental Education Center (Hudson River), StaatsburgFree Family Fishing Day: The public is invited to a free fishing event where participants can fish for free; no freshwater fishing license or Marine Registry is required. In addition to fishing, participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology.
Sun. May 5
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Pound Ridge Town Park, Pound Ridge (Westchester)Spring into Spring Fishing Clinic: The public is invited to a free fishing event where participants can fish for free; no freshwater fishing license is required. In addition to fishing, participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology.

New York City (Region 2)

Date and timeLocationActivity
Sat. April 20
1 – 3 PM
Gantry Plaza State Park
Rainbow Park Playground
Long Island City
Earth Day Festival: DEC educators will lead a water conservation activity with youth and families at this event organized by New York State Parks.
Thurs. April 25 11:30 AM47-40 21st Street, LIC, NY 11101 (in courtyard)Balsam Fir Seedlings Give Away: Region 2 staff invite elected officials, city agencies, community groups, and the public to celebrate Earth Week with a tree seedling give away. Partners from the NYC Compost Project Hosted by BIG Reuse will also be on site to distribute compost.
Sun. April 28
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Prospect Park Audubon Center (Prospect Park Lake), BrooklynProspect Park Free Fishing Day: The public is invited to a free fishing event where participants can fish for free; no freshwater fishing license is required. In addition to fishing, participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology.
Sun. April 28
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Prospect Park Audubon Center (Prospect Park Lake), BrooklynProspect Park Free Fishing Day: The public is invited to a free fishing event where participants can fish for free; no freshwater fishing license is required. In addition to fishing, participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology.
Sat. May 4
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Willowbrook Park, Staten IslandWillowbrook Carousel Opening Day Fishing Clinic: The public is invited to a free fishing event where participants can fish for free; no freshwater fishing license is required. In addition to fishing, participants can learn about fish identification, fishing equipment and techniques, fisheries management, angling ethics and aquatic ecology.

Long Island (Region 1)

Date and timeLocationActivity
Mon. April 22
6 PM – 9 PM
Long Beach Library,
Long Beach
Regional Community Event: Long Beach Latino Civic Association Earth Week Kickoff Event: Launch party for their DEC-funded coastal improvement project. The auditorium will show the film “Bag It” with Spanish subtitles, plus food vendors and other local conservation groups and family friendly environmental giveaways.
Sat. April 27
11 AM – 4 PM
Seatuck Environmental Association,
Islip
Eco-Carnival at Suffolk County Environmental Center: Join DEC environmental educators and other environmental groups for the 10th Annual Eco-Carnival at the Suffolk County Environmental Center. The event features a series of hands-on nature stations, nature-inspired arts and crafts, games and booths, music, food, and ice cream. It’s eco-friendly, nature-based fun for whole family. The event is sponsored by the Seatuck Environmental Association in cooperation with Suffolk County and the town of Islip.

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