Town to show planet appreciation

Earth to Greenwich — the town has a wide variety of events coming up in celebration of Earth Day including furthering the post-Sandy clean-up of Greenwich Point.

Each year, local officials and environmentalists put together a month-long calendar of events that runs from April through early May.

“In Greenwich, the first selectman proclaims April as Earth Day Celebration Month and the Conservation Commission coordinates a calendar of events,” said the town’s Conservation Director Denise Savageau. “This year’s calendar is very impressive. Whether you are interested in attending a lecture, replanting a dune, or paper shredding, there is something for everyone.”

This year’s kickoff event will be held Sunday, April 7 from 12:30 to 1 p.m. at the Floren Family Environmental Center at the Innis Arden Cottage at Greenwich Point. Hosted by the PTA Council, the Green Schools Committee and the Conservation Commission, the event will encourage environmental stewardship by coordinating a clean-up at Greenwich Point. Registration will begin at 12:30 at the Innis Arden Cottage and at 1 p.m.

First Selectman Peter Tesei will be on hand for the Earth Day Month Proclamation Ceremony. This will be followed by the clean-up as well as activities provided by Greenwich’s environmental partners, including Audubon Greenwich, the Bruce Museum, Friends of Greenwich Point, Greenwich Green and Clean, Greenwich Point Conservancy, Soundwaters, Greenwich Shellfish Commission and the Board of Recreation.

Volunteers are needed to help with the effort at Greenwich Point, which was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy last October. There has been a significant loss of plantings there and, to prevent further dune erosion, the Friends of Greenwich Point have set a dune grass planting event with the Conservation Commission, the town and Greenwich Girl Scouts on Sunday at 9 a.m. The work will kick off then at Innis Arden where volunteers will receive information about the dunes, equipment and how to plant. Volunteers are asked to wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring gloves and garden shovels.

Any students participating can get community service hours for this.

Additionally, the Conservation Commission will launch two programs in coordination with the Earth Day event. One will be the Greenwich Point Junior Ranger Program and the other will be the 2013 Greenwich Great Outdoor Challenge, part of the No Child Left Inside campaign. Additionally, the Shellfish Commission will hold a demonstration at 2 p.m. And for early risers, the place to be is Greenwich Point at 9 a.m. where earlybirds may join the First Sunday Bird Walk or volunteer with the Friends of Greenwich Point at they host “An Old Fashion Dune Grass Planting.”

The Earth Day calendar doesn’t simply begin or end with the Earth Day Month kickoff program. Tonight, April 4, the Greenwich Land Trust will host an Invasive Plant workshop at Town Hall and on April 5, the Bruce Museum is holding a lecture on Dinosaur and Human Evolution.

This year’s calendar of Earth Day events features programs representative of the environmental community in Greenwich and has something for everyone including the fishway open house, habitat restoration opportunities, bird walks, paper shredding, star gazing, the Year of the Snake, raised beds gardening and everything you ever wanted to know about eggs.

For a complete calendar of events go to the town’s website at greenwichct.org. For more information on Earth Day in Greenwich contact Denise Savageau at 203-622-6461 or [email protected]

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