Earth Day is on Friday, April 22 and there are plenty of activities around the seacoast this week to get you thinking about Mother Earth!
Children’s Museum of New Hampshire Earth Day Celebration
6 Washington Street, Dover NH 603-742-2002
Saturday, April 23, 2016; 10:00am – 3:00pm
Admission: Regular museum admission
Today on Earth Day, The Children’s Museum of NH has organized a day full of green fun as they introduce their new Eco Boys and Girls® Science Bites program. From 10am-3pm, museum educators will be on hand to lead challenges and projects including Tissue Paper Sun Catchers, Winter Veggie Tasting, Recycle Sorting, Recycled Paper Jewelry, planting marigolds and more. All activities are included with museum admission.
The Surfrider Foundation and the Blue Ocean Society organize a clean-up most weekends through May at beaches along the NH and southern Maine seacoast. Check their websites to see upcoming event dates. Beach clean-ups are a great activity for the entire family and a wonderful lesson for kids about keeping their community clean and beautiful.
- The next Blue Ocean Society cleanup is Saturday, April 23, 11:00am at the Seacoast Science Center/Odiorne Point, after Rescue Run 5K.
- The next Surfrider Foundation Cleanup is at The Wall in Hampton (across from Cinnamon Rainbows) on Sunday 4/24 at 10:00am.
Churchill’s Gardens Kids’ Club Earth Day
12 Hampton Road, Exeter NH 603-772-2685
Saturday, April 23, 2016; 11:00am
Bring your family to celebrate Earth Day at Churchill’s with lots of fun events including pansy planting in recyclable pots, face painting, make a nature poster and much more. This FREE event is open to everyone. No registration necessary.
Earth Day at the NH Farm Museum
NH Farm Museum, Rte 125, Milton, NH
Saturday, April 23, 2016; 11:00am-3:00pm
Cost: $5 for adults and $3 for kids.
Celebrate spring and Mother Earth with us! Go on a nature walk. Learn how to build a raised bed, about soil building, composting, and plant some spring vegetables.
The Rescue Run: Race for Marine Mammals (formerly Whale of a 5k Trail Race)
Saturday, April 23, 2016; 9:00am – 12:00pm
Cost: Click here for info on registration and fees.
Looking to get a little more active? Take part in the popular 5k walk or run race through Odiorne Point State Park (strollers not permitted). Also, back again this year is the Kids Fun Run featuring a 300 yard dash and a half mile run for children ages 12 and under. Following the race, enjoy a light runner’s breakfast, music, fun ocean-themed activities, a mock seal rescue for the kids and a beach-clean up at 11am (see above “Beach Cleanup” for info).
Earth Day Extravaganza at the Center for Wildlife
Center for Wildlife, 385 Mountain Road, Cape Neddick ME 207-361-1400
Celebrate Earth Day all weekend long with Center for Wildlife and our partners in education and conservation. Learn about native wildlife, explore new natural spaces, and help ensure healthy habitats and communities by participating in stewardship activities. Reservations are required for all events, please email Emily to reserve your spot today.
- Whoooo’s There Series: Earth Day Owl Prowl; Friday, April 22, 2016; 6:30pm – 8:00pm: Celebrate Earth Day with our favorite nocturnal raptors, owls! CFW educators and ambassadors will begin with a presentation about owl ecology, natural history, and the struggles native owls face. Following the program, we’ll head onto our trails to listen for whoooo’s calling in the night! This event is open to all ages and has a $5 suggested donation per person, which goes directly to support our work with local wildlife.
- Earth Yoga; Saturday, April 23, 11-12pm: Join Amanda Stanley for a gentle, Earth centered yoga practice. We’ll roll out our mats among the beautiful, natural landscape of the Center For Wildlife, tune into our bodies, our breath and the inspiring & peaceful sounds of nature that will surround us. Beginners welcome. Please dress in layers & bring your own yoga mat. Open to all levels, registration is required and there is a $12 suggested donation. Recommended for ages 9+.
- Wild Plant Medicine Walk with Amanda Stanley of Lion’s Tooth Wellness!; Saturday, April 23, 6:30pm – 8:00pm: You may recognize some of the plants we’ll meet as “garden pests” and “weeds” but during this interactive lecture, you’ll soon discover how much these plants have to offer you and the planet. Participants will be encouraged to touch, taste and smell the plants as a part of the traditional experience of learning proper identification of wild medicine. Amanda will also discuss and explain what herbal tinctures are (liquid herbal extracts) and how to easily make them at home with your own local wild medicine safely. This event is open to all ages, and highly recommended for those exploring herbalism for the first time! There is a $10 suggested donation per person which goes directly to support CFW’s work with local wildlife.
Earth Day Walkabout at Mount A
Mount Agamenticus Learning Lodge, Cape Neddick, ME
Sunday, April 24, 2016; 1:00pm-4:00pm
Cost: $5 suggested donation
People all across the World gather together on this weekend to demonstrate support for the environment. Top off your April vacation by learning about your local wildlife and their habitat needs with CFW educators and live animal ambassadors. Then help clean up Mount A, a local natural treasure, for you and for wildlife. Program is open to all ages. Sign up to participate by calling the Conservation Office at 207-361-1102 or email Robin.
Home Recycling with Earth911.com
Ready to put some of the Three R’s to use in your own home? Get all the info you need with eco-friendly articles, tips on the Three R’s and valuable energy-saving how-to’s by visiting Earth911.com. Have some weird stuff to get rid of? To find a directory of recycling locations, just enter your zip code the site will pull up list of locations where you can safely and responsibly dispose of items like chemicals, electronics and paint or recycle things like old eye glasses, furniture and cell phones to someone who can use them again. Green looks so good on you.