Out & About: Celebrate Earth Day With These Upper Valley Organizations

  • Learn about birds, including the barn swallow, during the annual Earth Day Celebration at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee, Vt. (Courtesy VINS)

Valley News Calendar
Monday, April 16, 2018

Earth Day is coming up this Sunday and there are events for people of all ages throughout the Upper Valley. Email additions and updates to calendar@vnews.com.

Earth Day Talk in Thetford

Thursday, 6 p.m.

Latham Memorial Library, 16 Library Road.

In a talk titled “The Little Things: Cultivating Community Above and Below the Ground,” educator Cat Buxton discusses whole-systems thinking and the parallels between creating conditions for thriving human communities and soil ecosystems. The talk will feature Thetford Elementary School’s edible schoolyard and compost system. Q&A follows. Free. 802-785-4361.

Boardwalk and Trail
Restoration Project in Newport

Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Newport Town Forest, 245 N. Main St.

Volunteers are needed to help spruce up the boardwalk and trail in Newport Town Forest with the Jake Maxfield Connection and volunteers from Comcast. Community groups are welcome. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Visit https://www.comcastinthecommunity.com/ to sign up. Free. 603-809-7412.

VINS Earth Day Celebration in Quechee

Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Vermont Institute of Natural Science, 6565 Woodstock Road.

Quechee, VT

In honor of The Year of the Bird, the VINS Nature Center offers ways to be bird-friendly and planet-friendly in daily life. Simple changes around the house and yard can be better for birds and for the climate. Explore the habitat needs of local animals by building “fairy houses” for them in the woods. Take a guided hike down to the Quechee Gorge to see millions of years of geological change. Meet resident raptors and reptiles up close, and learn what people can do to help these creatures thrive. Visit vinsweb.org for a schedule of Earth Day events. Admission is $12.50 to $15.50. 802-359-5000.

Earth Day Celebration in Springfield, Vt.

Sunday, noon-1 p.m.

Unitarian Universalist Church in Springfield, 21 Fairground Road.

Interactive displays and information on gardening for pollinators, cultivating microgreens, constructing tick tubes, spiritual practices and more. Attendees get a free packet of pollinator flower seeds. Free. uuspringfieldvt@gmail.com or 802-885-3327.

Plant a Tree in Woodstock

Sunday, noon-3 p.m.

East End Park, 217-03 Maxham Meadow Way.

Sustainable Woodstock invites the community to help plant 15 trees at East End Park for Earth Day. Tree species to be planted include small sapling maples, willows, sycamores and pawpaws. Trees help protect the river banks from erosion and prevent damage from major storms, help filter and clean the water, provide habitats for wildlife and sequester CO2. Free. No experience needed. Contact Zach@sustainablewoodstock.org for more information and to volunteer.

Outdoors: Starr Hill Hike in Lebanon

Sunday, 3-4 p.m.

The Woodlands, 30 Alice Peck Day Drive.

Join Upper Valley Land Trust staff in an easy one-mile hik e from the Woodlands through Starr Hill Preserve and to a plaque dedicated to Laurel Letter for her work to conserve the property. The walk is suitable for those with mobility issues and small children. Free. 603-643-6626 or email alison.marchione@uvlt.org.

Film: “New England’s Great River” in Hanover

Sunday, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Richard W. Black Community Center, 48 Lebanon St.

Willem Lange narrates this documentary about the Connecticut River, as seen through eyes of the Abenaki, arriving colonists, river drivers and the present-day community. Suitable for all ages. Refres hments available. Free. 603-643-3433.

Film: “Dancing With the
Cannibal Giant” in Thetford

Sunday, 7 p.m.

Thetford Community Center, 5366 Route 113.

A 45-minute documentary about people who are engaged in transforming the world and healing the planet. A discussion follows. Hosted by Building a Local Economy (BALE). 802-498-8438.