Earth Day Engagement: Ways to Get Involved and Help Your Community

 

 

Happy Earth Day!! Earth Day is Sunday, April 22 and there are lots of opportunities to celebrate across the Strafford Region. Check out the list of community events below.

Community Cleanups

Milton (Saturday April 21)

Help the NH The Beautiful Litter Free Program pick up trash on local roads. Volunteers are invited to a cookout after the morning cleanup.

http://www.miltonnh-us.com/uploads/index_737_3647754133.pdf

Rochester (Sunday April 22)

Choose from one of the many cleanup projects in downtown Rochester or participate in the roadside cleanup. Volunteers can enjoy coffee and donuts pre-cleanup and a complimentary lunch afterwards.

http://www.rochestermainstreet.org/rochester-cares-clean-up-day.html

New Durham (Sunday April 22)

Join New Durham Parks & Recreation and New Durham Public Works at the ballfields to clean up the fields and trails. Snacks and drinks are provided to all who volunteer!

http://newdurhamnh.myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29887

Dover (Saturday May 5)

Join the Kiwanis Club of Dover in welcoming spring to Dover with the annual Dover Pride Cleanup Day. Start your day with a pancake breakfast before joining neighbors and friends to clean, rake, prune, and plant at various locations around town. Volunteers will be provided with pizza afterwards to thank them for their time and effort!

https://www.dovernh.org/events/details/dover-pride-clean-up-day-2018-20937

Somersworth (Saturday May 5)

Check in at one of the five neighborhood cleanup spots in Somersworth for a morning full of spring cleaning. After the cleanup, head to the Idlehurst School for the annual block party! Activities include music, pizza, raffle, bike parade, Touch-A-Truck, and bike safety training by the Somersworth Police Department.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/somersworth-community-clean-up-day-tickets-44566399300

Other Earth Day Events

The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire (Saturday April 22)

Head to the Children’s Museum in Dover to participate in activities and demonstrations for all ages. Plant marigolds with Wentworth Greenhouses and collect tree seedlings from the Bartlett Tree Experts to get into the spring spirit!

https://www.childrens-museum.org/things-to-do/events/earth-day

UNH Solarfest (Sunday April 29)

Grab a spot on the Great Lawn and listen to free outdoor performances at the University of New Hampshire. You know what the best part is? The whole concert is powered by the Sun!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1512078922253146/

Nottingham Earth Day Festival (Saturday May 12)

The Nottingham Earth Day Festival is now in May! Enjoy the Save the Bee’s 5K, music, food, and performances at the Nottingham School; and don’t miss the Annual Fishing Derby at the Community Center!

https://www.nottinghamearthday.org/

https://www.nottingham-nh.gov/recreation-department/pages/nottingham-earth-day-festival

 

Just can’t get enough of the Earth Day spirit? Try incorporating a few of these small efforts into your everyday life to help promote a happy planet.

  • Make a conscious effort to avoid single-use plastics
  • Pick up one piece of trash on the sidewalk
  • Turn off lights and electronics when they are not in use
  • Shorten your shower time by 5 minutes
  • Carpool to work or when running errands
  • Ride your bike or walk to local destinations
  • Hang dry your clothes instead of sending them through the electric dryer
  • Bring reusable shopping bags to the grocery store (Bonus points if you also avoid the plastic produce bags!)
  • Compost your food scraps