Earth Day is one of my favorite holidays.  I don’t have to buy anyone presents, and it’s a reminder to appreciate the beauty of Earth and to stop taking it for granted.  The Hudson Valley is one of the most beautiful places on this Earth, and it’s our job to keep it so.  The best way to do that is to educate our children of the importance of taking care of our planet.  Thankfully, our community makes this pretty easy with several events going on in the next week.  Earth Day is officially April 22nd, but don’t limit yourself to just one day- get crazy and live like it’s Earth Day everyday!




1. Greater Ossining Earth Day Festival will be held April 19th from 11-4 at the Louis Engle Waterfront Park.  They will have free family events, green vendors, craft beer, and live music.  They will also be hosting an athletic gear swap so if your child has switched sports bring that old gear and trade it for what you need.  Have e-waste?  Bring it and they will teach you how to repair, repurpose or recycle it.  They will also be collecting e-waste for recycle.  Restrictions apply so be sure to check their site.


2. Earth Day at Bear Mountain will be April 26th from 10-4:30 and will be featuring family friendly fun with an Earth Day focus in addition to their regular activities including making a special snack for the bears. $8 per vehicle




3. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum will be hosting an Earth Day celebration on April 26th from 10-3 at the Outdoor Discovery Center.  The day will begin with a hike at 9 am.  There will be several hikes to chose from to meet different abilities from a stroller friendly hike to a hike for the more experienced.  Then the children will receive a planet protector passport to be stamped at each booth and be entered to win a prize.  There will also be nature play, story telling, and music.  The day is free with a suggested donation of $5 to park which will be donated to support environmental education.


4. New Paltz will be hosting their own Earth Day fair on April 27th from 11-3 at the New Paltz Reformed Church.  They will have family friendly displays, activities, food and music.




5. Usher in Earth Day with the Lyrid Meteor Shower taking place currently and will peak the morning of Earth Day, April 22nd at or before 5am with a minimum of 15-20 meteors per hour.  It goes against everything I believe in but wake up those kids, grab a few blankets, and enjoy in your own backyard.  Obviously the darker the sky the better which might inspire you to join the Dark Sky Movement and reduce your own light pollution.


6. Disney Nature’s movie Bear comes out on Friday.  See this movie in its opening week (18th-24th) and Disney will donate a portion of ticket sales to the National Park Foundation.




7. Earth Day is super easy to celebrate with your kids.  Talk about the importance of taking care of our planet, read a book about it, check out kid friendly apps and websites, and then get out there.  Take a walk and on your way pick up some litter.  Don’t forget your reusable bags every time you go shopping.  Turn off those lights when not in use.  Role modeling is the most effective with our kids so be sure to set that good example.

Enjoy this beautiful weekend in our very own Hudson Valley!  Happy Earth Day!