Ecology + Design

Earth Day 2021 Events| Fairfield County, CT

Earth Day is officially April 22nd, but Fairfield County, CT is celebrating all month long! We’ve compiled a calendar of local events, ranging from kid-friendly activities to community clean ups to virtual expert panels. If you know of any additional Fairfield County Earth Month events we should add to the list, let us know!

Conservation Norwalk: A Present Day History | Virtual Panel

Thursday April 15, 2021 | 5:30 PM

“This panel discussion will include guest presenters from Norwalk’s leading conservation organizations including the Norwalk Land Trust, Norwalk River Valley Trail, Norwalk River Watershed Association, Norwalk Tree Alliance and Oak Hills Park Nature Advisory Committee. Discover each organization’s history in preserving land and open space in Norwalk, as well as their past, current, and future endeavors. The discussion will conclude with a Q & A moderated by Norwalk Historical Society Executive Director, Diane Jellerette.”

Registration is required, sign up & more info here.

Spring Trail Fix with Darien Land Trust

Sunday April 18th 2021 | 11 AM – 1 PM

Selleck’s and Dunlap Woods

3 Parklands Dr Darien, CT

Bring gloves and whatever tools you have (rake, fork, wheelbarrow) for an annual trail repair & clean up in Darien. Learn more here.

Out with the Bad: In with the Native | Virtual Panel

Monday April 19th 2021 | 7-9 PM

Hosted by Wakeman Town Farm and Westport Pollinator Pathways, this workshop will delve into editing non-beneficial or invasive plants out of your garden and replacing them with highly ecologically beneficial native plants. Plant it and the pollinators will come! Read about the event here and register here.

Designing Biodiversity at McKeon Farm: Meadows and Hedgerows as Opportunities for Pollinators 

Thursday April 22nd 2021 | 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Ridgefield Library 472 Main Street Ridgefield , CT

“For the past year, the Ridgefield Conservation Commission has worked in close collaboration with landscape designer Evan Abramson, Principal of Landscape Interactions, to transform McKeon Farm in Ridgefield, CT into a regional biodiversity hotspot for pollinator species. Join Abramson, Pollinator Systems Designer, and Ridgefield Conservation Commissioner, Kitsey Snow for an in-depth exploration of the landscape design process at McKeon Farm.

Gardeners, farmers, landscape designers, conservation organizations, and local governments all play a vital role in strengthening, expanding and enhancing regional biodiversity, ecological health, and climate change resilience. On conservation properties, residential landscapes, farms, roadsides, schools, and solar projects, functionally diverse native pollinator habitats can serve as building blocks for linking intact natural areas across a fragmented landscape.

But what to plant, when to mow, where to focus on first and how to measure the results? Abramson of Landscape Interactions will present on methods and practices that lead to successful pollinator projects.”

Program description from Ridgefield Public Library. Event limited to 150 people, register on their site.

Earth Day Trivia Night at Earthplace

April 22nd 2021 | 5 PM – 7 PM

Spend the evening at Earthplace’s outdoor amphitheater to test your nature knowledge in trivia! Come with your team and compete against other teams! Entry fee is $40/team. More about the event & registration.

Earth Day 2021: Spring Into Nature | Darien Nature Center

Saturday April 24th 2021 | 10 AM – 3 PM

120 Brookside Road, Darien, CT

Darien Nature Center is hosting an environmental fair with local organizations and activities to inspire sustainable living.  Kid-friendly activities include art projects, animal encounters, a children’s story walk, building a bird feeder, planting herbs and a puppet show!

The event is outdoors, at Cherry Lawn Park, and requires advanced ticket purchase.  $50 per vehicle. No walk-ins. More info here

Live Like Luke Beach Clean Up At Tod’s Point

Saturday April 24th 2021 | 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Second annual Live Like Luke Beach Cleanup will take place on Saturday. Bring your own mask, gloves, and bucket, and make sure to register for a timeslot. The event honors Luke Meyers, an environmentalist and GHS student who lost his battle to cancer in 2019. Sponosred by Greenwich Green & Clean.

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