Celebrate Earth Day ahead of time with some local activities…
Join a “Clean-up” of the 60-acre Larchmont Reservoir hosted by Sheldrake Environmental Center. (The actual Earth Day is Monday April 22.)
There will be naturalist-led activities for the kids and a workshop from 9 to 10 AM on composting where you can learn how to reduce waste while creating beneficial compost for your garden.
If you’re ready, you can buy an Earth Machine compost bin on the spot. (Bin and workshop cost $85. Workshop alone is $25 for non-students; students $5.)
In between your clean-up and composting, you might want to do a little green shopping. For members of Sheldrake, there’s a discount available at local nurseries— Tony’s Nursery, Larchmont Nursery, Redwood Nursery, and Simply the Best (Scarsdale). Official Earth Day items are available online at Earth Day Network, where you you can support the cause.
On Sunday April 21st, you also can join a family scavenger hunt at 2 PM at the Marshlands Conservancy in Rye where the staff will guide you through clues of the natural and unnatural elements of Marshlands.
Or you can head over to the Earth Day celebration at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla where Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino will present the 2013 Earth Day awards for recycling.
LIST OF WINNERS–Municipal “Earth Day” Awardees
Village of Mamaroneck: For providing residents with a comprehensive recycling guideline informational package which included an impressive, all-encompassing refrigerator magnet recycling/solid waste collection schedule.
City of White Plains: For investing in “alternative fuels” in its Public Works fleet including compressed natural gas, B-20 biodiesel, E-85 ethanol as well as fully electric-powered vehicles.
Village of Scarsdale: For instituting pilot programs in two of its parks demonstrating the “Love ’em & Leave ’em” waste reduction initiative.
Village of Bronxville: For sponsoring demonstrations of the “Love ’em & Leave ’em” waste reduction initiative at the Village Green Committee’s “Take Back Day” events.
( For a full list of awards and notable programs click here.)
Also on Sunday at the Larchmont Train Station across from Memorial Park, check out the Community Yard Sale and Sustainability Fair. The event will run from 11 AM to 5 PM and is sponsored by the Larchmont/Mamaroneck League of Women Voters.
Sheldrake Environmental Center, Solar City, and energy efficiency experts will be there with information on composting and conservation. Frisbee, singers, and other fun things are scheduled in Memorial Park. Bring a picnic!
Photo of Big Blue Marble courtesy NASA. Photo of Clean-up courtesy Sheldrake Environmental Center.