Darien Celebrations of Earth Day Weekend on April 22-23

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While Earth Day is celebrated all over the globe, on Saturday and Sunday, April 22 and April 23 there will also be festivities a little closer to home.

There’s an Earth Day celebration at Cherry Lawn Park on Saturday, and on Sunday afternoon, Darien Library holds its “All Things Green” festival. Also on Sunday, Darien Land Trust is asking volunteers to help with maintaining trails at Dunlap/Selleck’s Woods.

Saturday, April 21 at Cherry Lawn Park

Darien Parks & Recreation and the Darien Nature Center have partnered to bring the community together at Cherry Lawn Park & the Nature Center for activities, informational displays, games and more to remind people just how important it is to take care of our planet.

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— This article presents announcements from Darien Nature Center, Darien Library and Darien Land Trust.

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“We are excited to have representatives from many organizations in town, including high school students, community volunteers and professionals, all together for the sole purpose of celebrating all that the natural world gives us each day,” said Patrick Rossiter, recreation supervisor for Darien Parks & Recreation Department. “And to remind folks that this is it. We have one planet and we need to do a better job taking care of it. All of us!”

Organizers are inviting the public to attend. There will be a grand opening and ribbon cutting of newly renovated Nature Center trails at 12:30.

“Volunteers have been working through the winter on a renovation project of the forest trails at Cherry Lawn, and we are excited to celebrate the Clear The Path Campaign on Earth Day,” Rossiter said.

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“We hope people will be energized the join the effort while enjoying spring weather, animal encounters, scavenger hunts and other fun activities sprinkled throughout the park,” he said.

Representatives from Darien Parks & Recreation, Darien Nature Center, Darien Land Trust, Darien High School’s Eco-Citizens Club, Darien Garden Club, Darien Beautification Commission, Darien Tree Conservancy, Green 2030, Friends of Woodland Park, Jesse Lewis Choose to Love Movement and Mischief to Manners (Boo Millet, Dog Whisperer) will be presenting.

On Sunday, Darien Library’s ‘All Things Green Festival’

Let the sun shine in! Join us for our third annual All Things Green Festival for a celebration of Earth Day and all things solar. Come to Darien Library on Sunday, April 23 between 1 to 4 p.m. and learn from the experts about the fastest growing renewable energy resource.

Discover different ways you can use solar energy in your home, from solar panels to everyday gadgets. Explore the various ways you can use solar technology, from phone chargers to Bluetooth speakers, there is something for everyone.

In addition, take time to plant a sunflower and admire the award-winning student artwork from the “Going for Green” poster contest.

Light Bulb Exchange Program

There is still time to take advantage the Bright Idea light bulb exchange. Darien residents can exchange up to five LED light bulbs, free of charge, to help reduce the amount of energy used in their home.

Bring up to five incandescent bulbs and proof of Darien residence for an equal number of long-lasting, energy-saving LED light bulbs.

Also Sunday: Help Fix Trails at Dunlap/Selleck’s Woods

Annual Trail Fix Day

An announcement from Darien Land Trust:

Sunday, April 23, 2017, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., at Dunlap/Selleck’s Woods in Darien.

Volunteers! Come join us for two hours for our Annual Trail Fix and clean-up: repairing trails and spreading wood chips.

  • Bring the family, a fork, a rake, and (if possible) a wheelbarrow
  • Wear gloves and working shoes
  • See the woods, lake, and daffodils, improve your nature preserve, and enjoy the camaraderie

Mark your calendars, and we hope to see you there!

Directions to Dunlap/Sellecks Woods:
Head towards Norwalk on the Post Road, turn right at Trader Joe’s/Rory’s on to Kings Highway North. Immediately after you go over I-95, turn right onto Parklands Drive and continue past the office buildings to the entrance to Dunlap/Selleck’s Woods.