Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day is this Saturday, April 22, and around the globe, people will take part in activities meant not only to enjoy the natural splendor of the outdoors, but also to learn ways to care for our planet. In New Hampshire, we don’t lack beautiful scenery, but what are we doing to preserve it? From planting blueberries and cleaning up RT 108, to cycling into town instead of driving, we encourage you to celebrate Earth Day this Saturday. Here are some exciting events taking place in and around the Strafford region.

Ways you can join in!

Annual Earth Day Clean Up, Miltonglobe

9 a.m. – noon

In honor of Earth Day, Milton is holding its annual roadside “Clean Up” day and promoting environmental awareness. To join in, contact Patrick Smith, Milton public works director, at 603-652-9891.

Transportation Tip: Invite some friends and carpool for this event!


Clean Up Portsmouth

10:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Cleaning up New Hampshire roads is a big goal this Saturday! Portsmouth will host a roadside clean up courtesy of the Eastern Mountain Sports Portsmouth team. Join them for the cleanup, a Leave No Trace clinic, as well as prizes and refreshments. For more details, reach out to Sam at 603-334-6141.

Transportation Tip: Why not catch the COAST to Portsmouth? Better yet, why not bike there? The EMS team might have some neat tips on cycling in Portsmouth.


Earth Day at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire, Dover

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Even the little ones can join in to take care of the Earth! Visit the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover for various events in honor of Earth Day. From planting marigolds to watching a solar bicycle demonstration from ReVision Energy, you and the kids are sure to have a blast learning about the Earth this Saturday.

Transportation Tip: The COAST and the Wildcat Transit both offer routes to Dover!


Earth Day Interfaith “Preach-In,” Lee

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  

Join the Baha’is of Lee and the Lee Church for an evening full of sustainability and bees! As a continuation of their Interfaith Power and Light’s Faith Climate Action Week, they invite all to learn about a current environmental issue: bees and pollination. If you’ve been following the recent state of bees in the world, this event is one to attend. For more information about the event, call 603-659-2861.

Transportation Tip: Before this event, take a walk through one of Lee’s many public trails.


 Earth Day, Every Day!

Earth Day can be celebrated every day! Here at the Strafford Regional Planning Commission, we will be participating in the CommuteSMART challenge in May, working daily to reduce our carbon footprint by taking the bus, cycling, or walking to work. Consider making it a goal to become more environmentally conscious this summer (and beyond) and together we’ll create a healthier planet to live on.