April is upon us, and so is Earth Month! We know that you share our passion for protecting and celebrating the nature of Maine. That’s why we wanted to provide you with some ideas on how you can celebrate Earth Month in your community and on your own.
One of the best ways is to join together with your community. You can find a local event to participate in at EarthDay.org, or reaching out to your town or local land trust to see if they’re holding any Earth Day celebrations.
There are so many wonderful events happening across the state, but here are just a few that we’ll be participating in, and we’d love to have you join us!
- 10th Annual Farmington Earth Day Volunteer Clean Up: Join NRCM Regional Outreach Coordinator Marc Edwards at this event on Saturday, April 22nd!
- City of Portland’s Earth Day Celebration: Join NRCM Climate & Clean Energy Outreach Coordinator Josh Caldwell at this event April 22nd from 10:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m. We’ll have a table set up in Payson Park at this family friendly event!
- Mousam Way Land Trust’s Earth Day Event, “The Nature of Sanford”: Join NRCM Outreach Coordinator Beth Allen on Saturday, April 22nd from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The event will be ana exhibit of nature photos from various photographers and a book signing of a new poetry anthology Writing the Land: Maine, which includes a contribution by Dr. Michael P.H. Stanley. He will be there at the Goodall Memorial Library in Sanford to sign copies of the book. Admission is free, and there will be activities for the whole family!
- Maine Public’s “News and Brews” Trivia Night: NRCM Staff have formed a team to compete in this climate-themed trivia night hosted at Maine Beer Co on April 22nd.
If you’re unable to attend an event or are looking for more inspiration to celebrate on your own, here are some ideas:
- Take a walk or hike in a local park or public land. Visit our Explore Maine map for some of our suggestions, and share your pictures with us on social media by tagging @NRCMEnvironment
- Promote sustainability in your community with NRCM toolkits
- Look into rebates from Efficiency Maine for weatherization or to electrify your heating, appliances, and lighting
- Contact your elected officials about an environmental issue you care about. Find their contact info and a how-to on our Take Action page
- Visit our blog from Earth Day 2020 to see 50 more ideas to celebrate
Do you have a creative way you’re celebrating? Let us know! And from all of us here at NRCM, happy Earth Month!
—Kristin Jackson, NRCM Digital Outreach Manager