10 Ways for Families to Celebrate Earth Day – Local Events Listing

 

Earth Day is April 22 and every year thousands of people recognize this day as a way to add a little more “green” to their lives. Teaching children from an early age to conserve natural resources, reduce what they throw away, and take action to preserve Mother Nature is a great way to encourage them to take care of their environment. We’ve listed tips on what families can do to celebrate Earth Day as well as local Earth Day events in the area. Reflecting on how we impact the environment and what small steps we can take to improve it will help preserve our precious earth.

10 THINGS FAMILIES CAN DO ON EARTH DAY (OR ANY DAY)

  1. Plant flowers, vegetables, shrubs, or trees in the yard.
  2. Clean out closets and donate or recycle goods.
  3. Grab a trash bag and clean a local park or playground.
  4. Purchase organic and eco-friendly products.
  5. Bring a tote bag to the grocery store to pack purchases.
  6. Bike or walk instead of taking the car.
  7. Turn off lights and electronics when not in use.
  8. Don’t leave the water running when brushing teeth.
  9. Take a shorter shower to save water.
  10. Make crafts out of natural or recycled materials.


LOCAL EARTH DAY EVENTS

Bridgehampton – Children’s Museum of the East End (CMEE) ” Build a Bird Feeder” – Children will learn how to construct their very own bird feeder and take it home to feed their backyard friends.
When: Saturday, 4/21, 10:00 AM
Ages: 4 +
How Much: $5 for members, $17 for non-members which includes admission
Where: 376 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, NY
Contact: 631-537-8250, RSVP
http://cmee.org/

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Centerport Vanderbilt Museum “Earth Day Crafts” – Children will create a bird feeder that looks like a bottlenose dolphin. Class includes how to care for seedlings, how adding a bird feeder helps the environment, and how recycling and reusing are important ways to care for our planet.
When: Sunday, 4/22, 11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Age Group: Preschool through young elementary
How Much: $16 members, $20 non members (includes museum admission)
Where: 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport, NY
Contact Info: 631-854-5579
http://www.vanderbiltmuseum.org/

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Cold Spring Harbor - Whaling Museum “Celebrate Earth Day” – Honor this special day by making crafts with recycled water/soda bottles all while learning about how to save and protect our precious waters.
When: Sunday, 4/22, 12:00 PM and 2:00 PM
Age Group: All
How Much: Free with paid admission
Where: 279 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY
Contact Info: 631-367-3418, RSVP required
www.cshwhalingmuseum.org

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Glen Cove – Garvies Point Museum and Preserve “Earth Day Crafts” – Make Earth Day craft from a recycled paper or see one of two films about trees. 
When:
Saturday, 4/21 10:30 AM-3:00 PM. First Film: 1:30 PM. Second Film: 2:30 PM
Age Group: 5-12
How Much: $2 adults, $3 child Materials fee $5 additional
Where: 50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove, NY
Contact Info: 516-571-8010
http://www.garviespointmuseum.com/

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Quogue – Quogue Wildlife Rufuge “Earth Day Celebration” – Enjoy a day of celebrating Mother Nature in this enchanting environment. This Earth Day celebration includes live animal demonstrations, kids’ crafts, guided nature walks, environmental exhibits, as well as kayaking and canoeing for those that want to venture out on the Old Ice Pond by themselves. Rain or Shine.
When: Sunday, 4/22, 11:00 AM-4:00 PM
Age Group: All
How Much: FREE
Where: 3 Old Country Rd., Quogue, NY
Contact Info: 631-653-4771
http://quoguewildliferefuge.org/

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SayvilleTown of Islip/Sayville Chamber of Commerce “Earth Day Festival” – Enjoy an afternoon with Earth Day-filled activities, crafts, music, petting zoo and exhibits, bouncy inflatables, face painting, and loads of “green” street vendors.  
When: Saturday, 4/21, 11:00 AM-4:00 PM (rain date April 22)
Age Group: All
How Much: FREE
Where: Between Gillette and Candee Avenues in Sayville, NY
Contact Info: 631-567-5257
http://www.sayville.com/events.asp

By Michelle S.

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