Earth Day Party on Saturday, April 21 at Darien Nature Center


Potting plants on Earth Day 2017

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The Darien Nature Center and Darien Parks & Recreation Department have teamed up to host a family fun Earth Day Party at the Nature Center on Saturday, April 21 from noon to 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The celebration includes a family scavenger hunt around Cherry Lawn Park, local environmental groups hosting activity tables, animal encounters, an Instagram photo contest, Uncle’s Deli hot dog cart, campfire s’mores, Ben’s Ice Cream Truck, and more! Scavenger hunt prizes include tree saplings donated by Almstead Trees.

Walking trails Cherry Lawn Darien Nature Center

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Walking trails at Cherry Lawn Park

“Every smile and joyful moment spent in the park at the afternoon celebration is another bright memory made possible compliments of nature. It’s going to be a really fun day for all ages, and every plastic bottle and bag picked up during the morning cleanup is a step forward,” said Nature Center Executive Director Leila Wetmore.


— an announcement from Darien Nature Center and Darien Parks and Recreation Department


The community party follows a town-wide cleanup that begins at 8:00 AM. Join your neighbors in this one-day greening effort of our local beaches, roadsides, and parks. Email [] to volunteer to go to one of 10 work sites where bottles and trash will be collected. Our town Beautification Commission provides the bags and gloves; you provide the hands and energy!

“It’s amazing what a group of people can do in a single morning,” said Beautification Commission member Julia Arstorp. “The garbage and debris removed leaves our town looking its best just in time for warm weather.”

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Potting plants on Earth Day 2017

For more information on the Nature Center’s after-party, please visit or call Administrative Affairs Manager Leah Salomoni at 203-655-7459. This is a free, drop-in event but preregistering will help us best prepare! The first 50 families to arrive will receive a reusable tote bag, courtesy of the Darien Police Association.

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