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2024 Family-friendly Earth Day Celebrations

Go green with cleanups, hikes and more

2024 Family-friendly Earth Day Celebrations

Celebrate Earth Day by learning how you can help take care of the earth, animals and nature with various celebrations and workshops throughout the Hudson Valley.

April 20

Town of Wappinger Earth Day Clean Up. The Town is looking for community-minded volunteers to come clean up various Town roads, parks, and community centers throughout Wappinger. The more volunteers we can get the more we can beautify our great Town! Contact Supervisor Cavaccini’s Office at to volunteer and get more information! 9am. Wappinger Town Hall, 20 Middlebush Road, Wappingers Falls.

City of Peekskill Parks Annual Clean Up Day. Annual Parks Clean Up Day - community members come out and help clean up a park near them. The City will supply garbage bags for all the garbage and then a thank you reception at the Riverfront to follow. We do ask that you register ahead of time so we have a good head count. 8am. 117 N. Water St., Peekskill.

Dutchess County Earth Day Fair. Residents of all ages are invited to participate and learn about ways to reduce waste, conserve resources and protect the environment for future generations. Attendees will enjoy a variety of activities and attractions, including fun, family-centric activities for children, including how to create a bird feeder and plant seeds, and lots more. 10am. 50 Vassar Farm Lane, Poughkeepsie.

Earth Day - May the R's Be With You. Experience the Repair Cafe & Community Swap, seed starting & plant swap, gardening crafts, e-waste collection, paper shredding station, Girl Scout cookie sale, and Boy Scout cleanup. There will be earth-friendly vendors at the Wintermarket. Plus, look for specials throughout the village. 10:30am. Highland Falls Public Library, 298 Main St., Highland Falls.

Earth Day Festival! Let’s come together to advocate for sustainability, climate action, and environmental stewardship through education in this family-friendly event. Meet animal ambassadors, plant seeds to take home, and enjoy a wildlife demonstration. If you'd like to participate in seed planting, please bring a small clear plastic container with a lid such as the pint-sized soup containers you get with takeout. FREE! Please register so we may communicate any changes in the event of bad weather. Rain date: April 21; you will be notified via email at least one day in advance. 11am. Rockefeller State Park Preserve, 125 Phelps Way, Pleasantville.

Earth Day Celebration and Hike the Highlands. This special day kicks off with “Hike the Highlands” at 9am, followed by the “Earth Day Celebration” from 11am-3pm.  This exciting day has something for people of all ages and interests. 9am & 11am. Hudson Highlands Nature Center - Outdoor Discovery Center, 120 Muser Dr., Cornwall.

Earth Day Fair. This year’s theme is Planet vs. Plastics. Come learn about sustainable alternatives to single-use plastics and fast fashion, as well as the 7 R’s for Green Living. This is a free, family-friendly, zero-waste event with children’s activities, food, nature walks, and live music! Plus, you can take a stroll down Huguenot Street among the United Nations flags and visit the rail trail to view educational signs about how to live more sustainably. 11am. Reform Church, 92 Huguenot St., New Paltz.

Earth Day Seeding Event. This year we are gathering to celebrate Earth Day at Amenia Free Library where we will hold a FREE seeding program for those who attend. Our farmers will be set up in front of the library to teach you a bit about growing and nurturing flower and veggie seedlings. This year the message focuses on reducing our use of single-use plastics so save your cardboard berry pints or egg cartons and come by and plant a seed for your garden. 11am. Amenia Free Library, 3309 NY-343, Amenia.

Earth Day Clean Up for the Peekskill Dog Park & the Community Garden. We are thankful to have our community sponsor WIN Waste Innovations supporting us and providing giveaways, along with supplying trash bags, and clean-up materials like gloves and trash pickers to make the cleaning easy and fun! Clean-up projects may include, mulch clean-up, weeding, flower planting, trash pickup, and hands-on projects at both the Peekskill Dog Park and the Peekskill Community Garden. 12pm. 1801 Main St, Peekskill.

Planet vs. Plastics: A Special Earth Day Presentation. Find out about the number of plastics circulating throughout the world, their impact on the environment, and solutions proposed to deal with this. Learn about the risks to our health and our planet caused by plastics and be empowered to take positive steps towards becoming part of the solution. This event is Free. 3:30pm. 628 Empire Road, Copake.

Welcome Spring: Community Celebration of Rebirth. Celebrate Earth Day weekend and Spring’s reawakening at Brunel Park! Volunteers are welcome to help install animal habitats welcoming the return of our winged, feathered, and four-legged friends by continuing the installation of Ecophilia Modern Habitats, designed by Constantin Boym and constructed by our neighbors, local students, and the Girl Scouts from Troop 60059. Stroll the grounds, discover the habitats, and marvel anew at Brunel’s creations. A self-guided scavenger hunt will be available for our young visitors. Rain Date 3/21, 1-5pm. 845-205-3839 for more info. 3pm. 4008 State Route 28, Boiceville.

April 21

Earth Fest at Ashokan 2024. An afternoon of fun, discovery and activities for all ages. Discover pond wildlife with Ashokan Educators, take a guided hike to Cathedral Gorge, make seed balls or help with plantings on the grounds, learn natural ink-making, nature drawing, and clothing upcycling. See Ravensbeard Wildlife Center’s live rescued birds of prey at 12:30. Hear live music by Shokoloko at 2:30 Savor vegetarian food, for sale from the Ashokan Kitchen and Samosa Shack. 12pm. 477 Beaverkill Rd, Olivebridge.

Earth Day Celebration. Join us for our *Earth Day Celebration* on Sunday, April 21st to learn more about what holistic earth care looks like through a peace education lens! 1pm. The Peace Education Center of the Hudson Valley, 430 Main Street, Rosendale.

SHANDAKEN EARTH DAY: Short Films at Phoenicia Playhouse. 11am-2pm at Pine Hill Community Center - Music, games, speakers & more. 3pm-5pm 4 Earth Day Short Films at Phoenicia Playhouse. Come join us for short films to celebrate Earth Day! 3pm. 10 Church Street, Phoenicia.

April 22

Earth Day seed starters. Join us for a children’s Earth Day event, making our own seed starters using paper egg cartons! Drop-ins are welcome. No registration needed. Feel free to bring your own egg cartons. Supplies are first come first served. 3pm. Kingston Library, 61 Crown St., Kingston.

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