This Friday, April 22nd, is Earth Day, a holiday centered around respecting our planet and enjoying the outdoors! While we try to uphold these values all throughout the year, Earth Day is a great time to focus extra energy on caring for and appreciating the natural world in as many ways as we can. We recommend taking time to enjoy nearby parks and trails, such as the Norwalk River Valley Trail, which is constantly growing and incorporating new miles of trail! We know you care about the outdoors just as much as we do, so we're offering up some suggestions of how to spend time outside and do good things for our planet this week.
Picking up trash while exploring local parks and trails is a great way to celebrate Earth Day and help out, while also enjoying the spring weather in the outdoors (which we know you'll be doing anyway!). Bring a bag and some old gloves and scoop up any garbage you see along the way.
It's important to reduce the amount of plastic we use, as plastic waste is one of the biggest problems our planet faces today. It can be much easier than you think to use less plastic on a day to day basis, with simple products like reusable water bottles and camp utensils. We recommend water bottles from Camelbak, Nalgene or Hydroflask. Reusable camp utensils, cups, and more from Sea to Summit or MSR are a great alternative to bringing the plastic, disposable varieties.
One of our lifestyle brands, United by Blue, has an amazing mission that makes us feel like every day is Earth Day! For every item of clothing sold, United by Blue removes one pound of trash from our oceans and waterways. They hold cleanup events that are open to anyone who wants to come and help out, but even if you aren't able to attend one, simply purchasing an item from their brand is a huge help to the environment.
Local Earth Day Events
Earth Day Celebration at Woodcock Nature Center
56 Deer Run Road, Wilton, CT
9:30 - 10:30 AM and 1 - 4 PM, April 22nd
On Earth Day, Woodcock Nature Center invites nature lovers of all ages to explore the outdoors and make some crafts! From 9:30-10:30 AM, join staff members for a spring exploration walk to look for salamanders, frog eggs, and appreciate the beauty of nature. From 1-4 PM, learn how to make an upcycled terrarium or a number of other crafts. The Center will provide instruction and all materials for the terrarium (other than the vessel, which you can bring from home) and the cost is $10. The recycled craft session is free, with stations set up to make various crafts out of recycled materials, which will be provided.
Earth Day at Grace Farms
365 Lukes Wood Rd, New Canaan, CT
10 AM - 4 PM, April 23rd
On Saturday April 23rd, head to Grace Farms in New Canaan for an all-day celebration of the natural world. This 80-acre property features diverse habitats to explore and enjoy, as well as a number of diverse activities offered to commemorate our planet and the outdoors. There will be outdoor painting, community gardening, music, a falconry exhibit, a farmers' market, and much more. This event is free to the public, and a wonderful way to spend the day outside enjoying the Earth!
ArborEarth Day Family Festival
Bartlett Arboretum, 151 Brookdale Rd, Stamford
10 AM - 3 PM, April 23rd
Celebrate Arbor Day and Earth Day at once at the Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens in Stamford! This family-oriented event will feature a tree planting proclamation by the town's mayor, plant and tree demonstrations, free workshops, children's activities, Native American storytelling, and much more. Admission is free, and in case of rain the event will be rescheduled to the following day, April 24th.