GROTON — As New England awakens with yellow forsythia, green pastures and flowing streams, the eco-conscious choices made each day influence what happens on the planet now and for future generations.
Earth Day in Groton, a family event hosted by Groton Local to celebrate spring and help the community become better stewards of the environment, will be held Sunday, April 22 at Williams Barn.
According to Groton Local organizers, the event is a chance to share the passion for sustainable solutions and learn how to take steps to become more environmentally conscious through education, action and change.
“Our hope is that it’s going to be an inspirational, educational, fun day for the community,” said Tucker Smith, Groton Local president.
Jim Hubert, Groton Local member and the event’s organizer, said, “The idea of respecting the earth, I think, is an important concept.” So important, in fact, that he organized an event to highlight the organizations and people that promote eco-friendly awareness within our community.
Gathering at Williams Barn will be more than 20 participants with local initiatives to protect the environment that feature ways to reduce your impact on the earth by selecting sustainable, eco-friendly products and services that reduce energy consumption, conserve water and limit dependence on fossil fuels.
Groton Local had thought about having an Earth Day celebration for some time and with spring approaching, plans simply fell into place, according to Smith. “This was a wagon that everybody jumped on. We didn’t have any trouble with like-minded people in the community joining,” said Hubert, who spearheaded the event.
In-depth information and demonstrations will include topics such as composting, rain barrels, organic gardening, organic pest control for deer, ticks and mosquitos, energy efficient homes, recycling and bee-keeping.
Tiffany Doggett, Groton Local vice president, will answer questions about raising backyard hens and share the delight of daily fresh eggs. Doggett commented on Earth Day, “It’s ongoing education. I think it’s important to keep reminding people about litter and recycling, getting back to basics.”
Literature will be provided on a variety of topics from Groton Electric Light Department, the Board of Health and Groton Police Department’s National Drug Take Back Initiative. Other participants include Squannacook Greenways Inc., Nashoba Paddler, Nashua River Watershed Association and Groton Conservation Trust, whose members will lead a nature hike along the beautiful, historically rich Fitch Woods trail, located near Williams Barn, at 3 pm.
With more than 30 protected properties in town, Susan Hughes, trustee, sees the event as an opportunity for Groton Conservation Trust to share and inform the community of the benefits to holding conservation properties. “Our mission is to preserve lands with significant conservation value for the purpose of recreation and protection of wildlife habitat and vegetation,” Hughes said.
A variety of eco-friendly video shorts will run continuously inside Williams Barn, according to Hubert. Children’s activities include puppet making with 3 River Arts and environmental crafts with Evergreen Garden School from Harvard. Several local talents, including the Contra Banditos, will provide live music in a variety of genres and styles.
As part of the event, Groton Local is launching “Keep Groton Clean 365” to help reduce trash year round. Leo Lavadure, coordinator, said that volunteers (organizations, families or individuals) will commit yearly to keep a section of the town free of trash and that Groton Local will maintain a Web page for the program that records the volunteer pledges. The project also coordinates with the town’s Adopt-a-Road program and the grange led town-wide litter cleanup.
The seventh annual town-wide litter cleanup, hosted by the Groton Grange, will take place on April 21 and 22, in honor of Earth Day. Collection bags and gloves will be provided at the grange tent, located at the Groton Electric Light Department, Station Avenue. Containers will also be provided for collecting UPCYCLE IT! non-recyclable items such as juice pouches, energy bar, cookie and candy wrappers. These items will be sent to Terracycle and help to support the Groton Grange Scholarship Fund and classroom agricultural and eco-educational projects.
Town-wide litter cleanup, April 21-22, Sat. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
GELD Building, Station Avenue; bags, gloves and refreshments provided.
Earth Day in Groton, Sunday, April 22, 1 to 5 p.m., rain or shine, free admission
Williams Barn, 160 Chicopee Road
3 p.m. nature hike, Fitch Woods trail
National Drug Take Back Initiative, Saturday April, 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
An anonymous program aimed at getting all unwanted drugs out of your home, children’s hands and out of the landfill and water supply.
Groton Police Department, 99 Pleasant St.
For information www.townofgroton.org