A Guide to Local Earth Day Events in Albany, New York

Earth Day is the largest international environmental event in the world. It was designed to help us appreciate nature by participating in special events to protect and preserve our environment. This year Earth Day is April 22. So join in the celebration of our planet by attending one of these Earth Day Events in the Albany, New York area.

UAlbany Green Scene will present Spring Awakening: Be Green, Be Healthy, Be Well on Thursday, April 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Campus Center Ballroom at the University at Albany Campus. This year it is combining the University’s Earth Day celebration with the EAP Wellness fair for a fun filled day of activities. There will be over 45 exhibitors, a farmer’s market, clothing exchange and a student sustainability fair. Grass fed burgers and fresh baked goods will be sold. Attendees who bring a returnable bottle or can will be eligible for a bike drawing after lunch! For more information call (518) 956-8120 or visit www.albany.edu.

The College of Saint Rose will host its 1st Annual Green Vendor and Earth Day Fair beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 21, on the campus at 432 Western Avenue, Albany.Exhibitors will be set up on the sidewalk outside of the Events and Athletics Center near Campus Green. The event will include local environmental groups, vendors and speakers. That evening area musicians and poets will perform works with an environmental theme. Admission is free. Call (518) 458-5444 for more information or visit www.strose.edu.

Albany Mayor Gerald Jennings is inviting the community to leave their vehicles at home on Friday, April 22 and ride their bikes, the bus or walk instead. A fleet of cyclists carrying Earth Day banners will circle the city at noontime beginning at City Hall, 24 Eagle Street, Albany. For more information call (518) 434-2032 or visit http://www.albanyny.org/Government/MayorsOffice.aspx.

Join other volunteers at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 23 at 195 New Karner Road, Albany. Starting at 9 a.m. and running until noon, The Preserve-1 of only 20 Inland Pine Barrens in the world-will host a variety of activities, including trash clean-up, trails work, removing honeysuckle, planting trees, collecting seeds, posting boundaries and installing electric fence. Participants are encouraged to wear work clothes, sturdy shoes, work gloves, sun block and bring a drink. Admission is free but pre-registration is required. Call (518) 456-0655 for more information or visit www.albanypinebush.org.

The Five Rivers Environmental Education Center is holding a Family Fun: Earth Day Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, at 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar. The festivities will include hands-on activities, demonstrations and information celebrating the 41st anniversary of Earth Day. Attendees can take a look at a plug-in hybrid car, attempt to name various species of birds, see first-hand how rain affects a farmer’s crops and meet Smokey Bear. Admission is free. For more information call (518) 475-0291 or visit www.dec.ny.gov.