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Earth Day 2021 Events |Westchester & Dutchess County, New York

Happy Earth Month! We’ve compiled a list of fabulous community Earth Day events taking place across Westchester County, NY and Dutchess County, NY. Events range from family-friendly kid events, to community clean ups & plantings, to tips and resources for healthy yards and sustainable living. Let us know what you plan on attending!

Community Pollinator Planting & Clean Up Day

Saturday April 17, 2021 | 9 – 11 AM

Volunteers will visit five locations in different towns of lower Westchester to help clean up and beautify the space with pollinator plantings! See the list of participating towns and locations below. All locations will be active from 9 -11 am.

Rye Town – Crawford Park

Rye Brook – Village Hall

City of Rye – Rye Town Park

Port Chester – Train Station

Mamaroneck – Station Plaza

More information here.

A meadow at Old Field Preserve.

Bedford Audubon Bird Walk at Oldfield Preserve

Saturday April 17th 2021 |8-9:30 AM

Old Field Preserve, Waccabuc, NY 

Bedford Audubon in partnership with Lewisboro Land Trust will be hosting a bird observation walk in a rare shrubland habitat. Over 100 species of birds have been observed on-site, and the walk will focus on identifying early migrating songbirds. Free admission. Space is limited and registration is required by emailing Susan at or by calling 914-302-9713.

Green Ossining’s 10th Annual Earth Day Festival

Saturday April 17 – 25th 2021

Throughout Ossining – see calendar of events. 

This year’s festivities run throughout a week, allowing the festival to accommodate numerous events of different scales, to ensure safety and social distance. Events include community-wide cleanup, a petting zoo, events at local farms, healthy eating & cooking classes, hands-on kids’ activities, art & artisanal goods sale, New York farm beer tastings, composting classes, tree plantings in parks, and live music events. Register for specific events on their website.

Signs of Spring Educational Hike

Sunday April 18th 2021 | 2-4 PM

Onatru Farm Park | 99 Elmwood Rd, South Salem, NY

Naturalist Taro Letaka will lead a moderate hike through the Onatru Reservation, teaching us the signs of spring from ephemerals to migrating birds. Registration is limited to 30 attendees. Secure your spot here.

Virtual Panel: The Ecological Value and Sustainability of Yards

Wednesday April 21st 2021 | 6-7 PM

Hosted by Amanda Bayley of PLAN it WILD, this community conversation will delve into how residential yards can be part of the climate change solution. Expert panelists include:

  • Peter Groffman Ph.D., Professor, CUNY Advanced Science Research Center, Environmental Science Initiative.
  • Midge Iorio, Executive Director, Bedford 2030.
  • Peter McCartt, Director of Energy Conservation and Sustainability, Westchester County.
  • Andy Reinmann Ph.D., Assistant Professor, CUNY Advanced Science Research Center.

Virtual admission is free with RSVP and valid email address. To register and learn more about the PLAN it WILD mission, please visit or

Cranberry Lake Clean Up

Friday April 23rd 2021 | 10 AM – 1 PM

Cranberry Lake Preserve, West Harrison, NY

Westchester Parks Foundation and Westchester County Parks are hosting a cleanup event at Cranberry Lake as part of the Pitch In for Parks Initiative. Volunteers will help rake, weed and remove trash. All tools will be provided but please arrive with a face mask! More info here.

Walking the Trail Workshops

Saturday April 24th 2021 | 10 AM – 4 PM

World Peace Sanctuary | 26 Benton Road, Wassiac, NY

Michael Gulbrandsen, a “Listener of Nature’s Whispers,” guides us on two meditative Earth Day nature walks. The day begins at 10 AM with a Morning Tranquility Walk – a wellness walk focusing on how to immerse yourself in nature and receive all of its healing benefits. After lunch, the Afternoon Fairy Walk starts at 1:30 pm – a perfect activity for kiddos, as they will be picking locations for fairy houses! The day culminates in Nature’s Sound Circle – a music circle to celebrate the sounds of nature! Suggested donation for each walk is $20. See below for full details.

Weinberg Nature Center Earth Day Celebrations

Saturday April 24th 2021 | 9 AM – 6 PM

455 Mamaroneck Rd, Scarsdale, NY

The Weinberg Nature Center Earth Day event will feature three programs:

  • 9-11 AM Rise & Shine! At Weinberg Nature Center: Led by Weinberg’s Director and Village Naturalist, Same Weinstock, and Marua Mandrano, a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator, the morning program will discuss spring bird migrations, observations of local wildlife, and making a camp fire!
  • 1-2:30 PM Spring Mindfulness: Tuning Your Observations and Enjoying New Leaves: Rob Lieblin, outdoor and environmental educator, will lead the group in ecology activities to help us better observe, appreciate and identify with nature.
  • 4-5:30 PM Reconnecting with Our Planet: Cindy Olsen, certified Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide and founder of Cindy By Nature, will speak about how humans have historically moved against and away from nature.  She will explore how to reconnect with the planet during a nature walk packed with engaging discovery activities. 

In between events, attendees can visit with the farm animals, engage with instructors, or picnic on the grounds! Cost of admission: $45 for the day. More info here.

How To Start a Community Garden | FCWC Student Steering Committee | Virtual Presentation

Saturday April 24th 2021 |12 PM – 1 PM

A presentation by the Federated Conservationists of Westchester County Student Steering Committee.  This program explores how community gardens can mitigate habitat destruction, loss of biodiversity and pollinators, and promote healthy soil conservation. Join the presentation here.

Mount Kisco Earth Day Celebration

Saturday April 24th 2021 |11 AM – 2 PM

Mount Kisco Village Hall

Mount Kisco’s Earth Day event features keynote speaker Nigel Sizer, a local resident and Chief Global Alliance Officer of the Rainforest Alliance. The event will include live music from 12-2 and feature many local environmental organizations including Mt. Kisco Pollinator Pathways, Healthy Yards, Sustainable Westchester and more! Learn more on the Facebook Event Page.

Healthy Yards / Bedford 2030 Earth Day Celebration 

Sunday May 2nd 2021 | 12 PM – 4 PM

Bedford Hills Train Station, Bedford, NY

Bedford 2030’s annual Earth Day event is back! Highlights include a plant swap & plant sale, composting tutorials, compost for sale (made from Bedford food scraps!!), activities for kids, live music and more!!

Know of an Earth Day event taking place in New York that should be on our list? Let us know, we’d love to promote it!

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