This weekend, we’re diving into all things green…
Sustainability and “green” living top your suburban must-have list? Then mark your calendars — this weekend is Earth Day and several can’t-miss communities in Westchester are hosting fun, family-friendly celebrations to mark the occasion. It’s an ideal way to explore suburbia while supporting these local environmental efforts.
Green Ossining’s Earth Day Festival
Louis Engel Waterfront Park, Ossining, April 22, 10:00am-5:00pm
Spend Earth Day on the banks of the Hudson River at the largest community-run Earth Day celebration in Westchester County. Now in its 13th year, this zero-waste event includes educational opportunities, renewable energy solutions, hands-on activities, a kids activity zone, artisan and food vendors, and live music all day long. While you’re in Ossining, check out the kayakers paddling on the river then follow the park’s paved walking trails to different playgrounds, and a splash pad.
Earth Day Sunprints
Pelham Art Center, Pelham, April 22, 2:00-3:00pm
Make your very own Earth Day art using natural objects and the light from the sun at Pelham Art Center’s Earth Day Sunprint workshop. Participants will use plants, flowers, leaves, and other objects to create a one-of-a-kind print using special light-sensitive paper. Bring your own pressed plants from home to use in your design — the more interesting the silhouette the better!
Insider tip: Pelham Art Center offers lots of fun classes for kids and adults, as well as gallery exhibitions, and workshops throughout the year so be sure to pick up a schedule of future events when you leave.
Earth Day Celebration
Rockefeller State Park Preserve, Pleasantville, April 22, 10:00am-3:00pm
Rockefeller State Park Preserve is hosting a family-friendly Earth Day Celebration this Saturday. Here, kids and adults can learn about ecology, conservation, agriculture, waste management, native plants and pollinators, and more. Another can’t-miss? The amazing animal ambassadors who will be onsite all day long.
Don’t leave without planting a few native seeds to take home (be sure to bring your own planter or container!). And definitely don’t miss the Birds of Prey show at 2:00, featuring hawks, falcons, and owls. Admission is free, but registration is required.
Earth Day Birding
Sheldrake Environmental Center, Larchmont, April 22, 8:30-9:30am
Grab your binoculars and head to Sheldrake Environmental Center, a 60-acre oasis in the heart of Larchmont, for a morning hike with expert birder Doug Bloom. Join Doug for a hike around Sheldrake’s trails — he’ll teach you how to identify birds by sight and sound and learn about their migration habits and habitats.
Earth Day Earthlings @ Westchester Children’s Museum
Rye, April 23, 9:00am-5:00pm
While the Westchester Children’s Museum is always a great stop, this weekend the museum is hosting an Earth Day-themed story time, plus crafts and activities inspired by earth, air, wind, and fire. The event is open to the public and ideal for kids ages 3-12.
After the Earth Day fun, be sure and spend some time exploring the museum, which overlooks the Long Island Sound and the Rye Playland Boardwalk.
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