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5 Ways to Enjoy Earth Day in Dutchess County!

  1. Beacon’s Inaugural Earth Day Cleanup:
    ​Beacon is making strides to go Greener with its Inaugural Earth Day Cleanup event. You can register to volunteer at one of their several cleanup locations throughout Beacon, including Main Street Beacon, Mt. Beacon, Lock Dock Park and more! Following the cleanup, stay and enjoy a BBQ from 2-4pm at the Recreation Center. More information about how you can get involved here:  https://www.greenbeaconcoalition.org/earth-day
     
  2. Farmers Markets:
    With so many local farms dispersed throughout Dutchess County, it should come as no surprise that there are a number of Farmers Markets in the area. This Earth Day also happens to be when the Millerton Farmers Market is held (Saturday’s). Whether it’s artisanal cheeses, gourmet baked goods, or pasture-raised meats, the Farmers Market has a variety of delicious local products. The market runs from 10am-2pm and includes special events, live music and chef demos, so don’t miss it! Additionally, the Beacon Farmers Market and Rhinebeck Farmers Market’s take place on Sunday, which are also filled with so many amazing local vendors. Check out our calendar of events for more information about the Farmers Markets.
     
  3. Poughkeepsie Celebrates Earth Day:
    This event actually kicks off on Friday, April 21st, but rolls on through into Earth Day on Saturday, April 22nd. The Friday Kick-Off Celebration will take place outdoors at Poughkeepsie City Hall, where there will be live music, food trucks, free bicycle repair, and sign-ups for Saturday’s Citywide Cleanup! Poughkeepsie has tons of cleanup sites to volunteer at, so get involved! More information about the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/386029295101342/
     
  4. Earth Day Celebration at Stony Kill Farm:
    The Stony Kill Foundation, in collaboration with Common Ground Farm and Hawk Meadow Montessori, is celebrating Earth Day with plenty of activities for the whole family! Bring the kids and head over to the Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center from 11:00am – 1:00pm. Everyone can participate in some Earth friendly crafts, enjoy a pond study, learn about bees, pick up manure for your garden, and visit with the animals on the farm. It’s a wonderful way to get your children involved and educate them about our planet. You can find more information about this event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1825128677747696/
     
  5. National Park Week:
    What better way to celebrate Earth Day then to get out an enjoy our National Parks. People tend to forget that we have a handful right here in Dutchess County, including the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site and Top Cottage, all located in Hyde Park, NY. National Park Week means free admission, so take advantage! More information here: https://dutchesstourism.com/spotlights/free-entrance-days-in-the-national-parks-for-national-park-week-april-15-16-22-23-2017
  6. "Drop Off at the Drive-In":                                                                                                                       The Dutchess County Division of Solid Waste Management will participate in an Earth Day event, co-sponsored by the National Park Service and NYSDEC, at the Hyde Park Drive-In on Saturday, April 22nd. This is a one-time free event to turn in a wide variety of household items for recycling and redistribution, as well as learn about maintaining a healthy planet and kids’ activities. More information about the event, including items accepted for disposal, is available here.

  7. Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro said, “We are committed to protecting our natural resources and preserving our environment today and for future generations. Each of us can make choices that improve our quality of life and protect our planet. Recycling is an important part of sustainability, and Dutchess County has set the ambitious goal of recycling 60 percent of our waste by 2022. It’s a relatively simple step that, combined with others, will have a great impact on our environment and reaffirm our role as stewards of this fragile planet.”

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