Earth Day was Monday, April 22, so what better excuse to get out, breathe some fresh air, play in the sun and do some good for Mother Nature? This year, there are abundant opportunities to mark the do-good, feel-good holiday with an array of cleanups, celebrations, and earth-friendly educational events in the area. Here they are by region (Westchester, Rockland and the Hudson Valley) and by date.
Friday, April 26, White Plains: Arbor Day (April 26) has added significance this year since Westchester lost many trees in superstorm Sandy. County Executive Rob Astorino will plant a young Winter King hawthorn seedling at Saxon Woods Park. Tree experts will teach visitors how to select a location, plant and nurture a tree.
Info: 1 p.m.; free; Saxon Woods Park, 1800 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains; 914-231-4500; parks.westchestergov.com
Saturday, April 27, Valhalla: The Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College hosts its popular annual native sale of thousands of plants, including wildflowers, butterfly host plants, hummingbird favorites and blueberry bushes. Staff members and volunteers will be on hand to explain how the plants grow and the wildlife they attract.
Info: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; members can enter at 9:30 a.m.; free; 75 Grasslands Rd., Valhalla; 914-606-7870; www.nativeplantcenter.org
Saturday, April 27, White Plains: A fashion show of clothes made from recycled materials is one of the events of Sustain White Plains. Others include music by Bash the Trash and Mark Rust, plus vendors, exhibits and giveaways.
Info: Noon to 4 p.m.; free; Mamaroneck Avenue, Main Street and Martine Avenues, White Plains; www.wpbid.com
Through Sunday, April 28 in White Plains: Join the effort to collect 20,000 pairs of shoes for Soles4Souls, an organization that gives shoes to those in need.
Info: Shoes can be dropped off at Ebersole Skating Rink, 110 Lake St., or at other locations on April 26, 27 and 28; tie shoes together or use a rubber band to separate pairs: visit the website for drop-off locations and times; White Plains Business Improvement District, 237 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains; www.wpbid.com
Sunday, April 28, Pocantico Hills: Plant grower Shannon Algiere discusses how to plant a flower and herb garden, including sourcing plant varieties, garden design, bed preparation, plus tips on harvesting and cutting techniques.The class includes a walking tour of the Stone Barns herb and flower gardens.
Info: 1 to 3 p.m.; $20 for nonmembers, $18 for members; adults only; Stone Barns Center, 630 Bedford Rd., Pocantico Hills; 914-366-6200; www.stonebarnscenter.org
Monday, April 22 and Wednesday, April 24, New City:
Through Saturday, May 11 in Multiple Locations: Join thousands of Rockland county residents in removing litter from the streets, paths, and waterways at cleanup events throughout Rockland County. A wrapup party with minigolf and barbecue takes place on Friday, May 31, at Germonds Park in West Nyack. Clean up dates/locations are as follows:
New City: April 21 (raindate April 28); 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; meet at Stop & Shop parking lot at 180 N. Main St.
Nyack: April 21 (raindate April 28); 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; meet at Nyack Community Center.
West Nyack: April 21; 10 a.m. to noon; meet at West Nyack Hamlet Green gazebo.
Blauvelt: April 27 (raindate April 28); 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.; meet at Blauvelt Firehouse.
Pomona: April 28; 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; meet at Village Hall
Hudson River Sweep: May 11; contact Keep Rockland Beautiful for sites.
Info: Free; Keep Rockland Beautiful, 120-126 N. Main St., New City; 845-708-9164; www.keeprocklandbeautiful.org
Saturday, April 27, Cornwall: Museum staff will lead family activities. Children can enjoy a nature play, games, story time, live animals and can receive a prize at each booth when they get their free Planet Protector Passport stamped.
Info: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Grasshopper Grove opens at noon; rain date is April 28; free but a $5 donation per car is suggested; Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, 100 Muser Dr., Cornwall; 845-534-5506; www.hhnaturemuseum.org
Saturday, April 27, Cornwall: Hikers of all ages and abilities are encouraged to hike on the trails of the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum. Naturalists will guide a stroller-friendly walk and a vigorous walk on the Discovery Trails.
Info: Check in begins at 9 a.m. with welcome and warmup at 9:15 a.m.; registration via form on the website with pledge; Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, 100 Muser Dr., Cornwall; 845-534-5506; www.hhnaturemuseum.org
Saturday, April 27, Hopewell Junction: The Town of East Fishkill hosts demonstrations, lectures, and activities, especially for kids. Shovels will be provided and refreshments will be served.
Info: 9:30 a.m. to noon; free; rain date is May 4; dress for planting; Davis House Estate, 4 Anne Ave., Hopewell Junction; 845-223-9786; www.eastfishkillny.org
Saturday, April 27, Pine Island: Rogowski Farm invites families to learn about bees, meet a beekeeper and taste different kinds of honey.
Info: First session is from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; second is from 12:30 to 2 p.m.; free; rain or shine; W. Rogowski Farm, 379 Glenwood Rd., Pine Island; 845-258-4574; www.rogowskifarm.com