This Saturday, 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 | 8:00 - 11:30 AM, April 22nd
On Earth Day, Woodcock Nature Center invites nature lovers of all ages to explore the outdoors with guided hikes at 8AM, 9AM, 10:30AM and 11AM! Join staff members for a spring exploration hike to appreciate the beauty of nature and learn about local birds returing from migration. Later that morning, gather to hear Staff Educator, Jennifer Bradshaw, read the fantastic tale called "the Lorax" by Dr. Suess and wander around the grounds to look for creatures from the story.
Townwide Clean Up Day
The Wilton Conservation Commission | 9 AM - 12 PM, Saturday April 22nd
This event is a great opportunity for citizens to come out and help clean up our community. Volunteers will meet at the Wilton Town Gazebo on the morning of the 22nd and the Conservation Commission will be handing out adult sized work gloves and trash bags to each participant. Groups will then drive to designated areas around town to pick up litter and return to the Town Green after all the litter is picked up to dispose of the garbage bags. For more information on the event or to sign up ahead of time please contact Jenn Fanzutti at the Wilton Department of Environmental Affairs at 203-563-0180.
Fairfield's Earth Day Celebration
Fairfield Theatre Company | 10 AM - 8 PM, Sunday April 30th
Fairfield’s Earth Day Celebration attracts over 1000 attendees, over 100 exhibitors and sponsors with the assistance of over 100 volunteers. The event features live music, a variety of food trucks, a myriad of family-friendly activities like face painting, arts and crafts, games, and more. To celebrate all our community and earth has to offer, join us for Fairfield's 20th Earth Day Celebration in The Warehouse on Sunday, April 30. Beginning at 10AM, enjoy a free, family friendly day of live music, activities, games, and inspiring films presented in The Warehouse and parking lot. The Annual Ocean Film Festival screening begins immediately following at 6:30PM. Grab tickets now!