Earth Day is this Saturday April 22, and towns in Putnam and Dutchess County as well as the Hudson Valley have plans for some ecofriendly festivities.

I remember when Earth Day used to be a big thing when it first got started in the early 70's. There were celebrations and special activities in every town across the country.

Then as time went by it kinda became just another day with a few small gatherings in parks, and a few Earth Day walks, and some low key celebrations. Now it looks like that's all starting to change again as we hear more and more about Global Warming, and Earth Day becomes a way we can help make a difference.

Many of the area towns in Putnam and Dutchess County, as well as the Hudson Valley are ready to celebrate and beautify the region.

Thanks to the folks at, here are some of the activities planned for our local area.


On Friday April 21st, the Putnam County Department of Health staff will be doing roadside clean up on Route 312. Contact them if your looking to volunteer, they also have roadside clean up kits and recycling campaigns.

Cross River

If you head to the Trailside Nature Museum on April 22 at 1pm, you can explore the vernal pools of Ward Pound Ridge Reservation and get a close up look at what lives beneath the surface.

New Paltz

There's an Earth Day Fair at New Paltz Reformed Church from 11 am till 4 pm on Saturday April 22.


They are hosting their seventh annual Earth Day Festival, and the theme this year is food. There will be cooking and food preservation demonstrations as well as instructional seminars on creating edible gardens. Of course there will be plenty of vegan and vegetarian options. It's happening from 11 am till 4 pm on Saturday April 22.


It's a two day celebration at various locations throughout the town. The Earth Day kick off will take place on Friday April 21 at City Hall. On Saturday there will be clean up's throughout the city, and the Hudson Valley March for Science starting at 1:30 pm at Mural Square.


James Erying will give a lecture on Birds of prey on Saturday April 22 on the front lawn of Muscoot Farm on Route 100 from 1 to 2 pm. You can also discover what insects can be good for your garden and how you can get these helpful bugs to stick around with a presentation at Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial on Route 35 from 2 to 3 p.m

So take advantage of some of these activities in your town, and make this Earth Day the best one ever. Our planet is counting on you.


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