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Grace Farms

Earth Day

Earth Day

Register Now

Date

April 23, 2016
10:00 am–4:00 pm

Ticket price

Free

Grace Farms will be commemorating Earth Day on Saturday, April 23 with a celebration of the natural world.  Insightful programs tied to our five initiatives—nature, art, community, justice, and faith—as well as the 80-acre landscape and its diverse habitats, will be open to the public for free admission from 10 am to 4 pm. Join in the opening of our Community Garden, watch a live falconry demonstration, enjoy outdoor painting, encounter a temporary art installation by artist Kysa Johnson, or listen to a panel discussion from experts about climate change and modern slavery.

Nature Views | 10 am–4 pm, Grace Farms

Grace Farms is home to some of the most naturally preserved landscape in the area. This was accounted for in SANAA’s construction of the River building, which embraces and enhances the natural curves of the Earth. Meander through the River building and landscapes, or simply enjoy the scenery over lunch, coffee or tea.

Little Suns | 10 am–4 pm, Library

Get light, give light! A crucial initiative for Earth Day, Little Suns are a project started by artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen to provide sustainable light for everyone. The proceeds from Little Sun sales will help provide discounted Little Suns to families and individuals among the 1.1 billion worldwide who have no access to the electrical grid.

Landscape Continuum by Kysa Johnson | 10 am–4 pm, Pavilion

Kysa Johnson is a contemporary artist known for her immersive works which explore patterns in nature that exist at the extremes of scale. For Earth Day, she will create a temporary, site-specific installation inspired by the landscape at Grace Farms. The project will be completed during the event and remain on view through May 2016.

Open Art Studio for Kids | 10:30-2:30, West Barn

Facilitated, hands-on workshops inspired by artist Kysa Johnson’s exhibition Landscape Continuum.

Community Garden Opening | 10:30 am–12:30 pm, Community Garden

The Community Garden at Grace Farms is an organic garden that supports the Foundation's sustainability initiatives, overseen by staff and volunteers. Twenty raised beds will be home to a variety of plants, flowers, vegetables, and fruits scheduled to provide usable produce from May through October. We invite Earth Day attendees to help us to plant flowers and sow seeds.

Market | 10 am–4 pm, Plaza

Meet a variety of local farmers, beekeepers, and syrup makers who will be on-site offering their expertise and products for sale in the plaza.

Sustainable Capitalism:  A 21st Century Response to Climate Change & Modern Day Slavery | 10 am–12 pm, Sanctuary 

Experts will discuss issues related to sustainable capitalism in response to the effects of climate change and modern day slavery.  Matthew J. Diserio from Water Asset Management, LLC will discuss how private capital and transparent water pricing to cover its total delivery costs is a solution to our nation’s drought and water infrastructure challenges and can ensure a sustainable water supply.  A panel discussion will follow with experts including Dr. James Cockayne, lawyer, author, and head of United Nations University; Martin Whittaker,  CEO of JUST Capital, which specializes in tracking corporate performance and environmental impact; Diana Mao, President and Co-Founder of Nomi Network, a nonprofit organization that helps victims and survivors of trafficking; and Benjamin Skinner, award-winning journalist and author of A Crime So Monstrous:  Face to Face with Modern-Day Slavery.

James Moss & Fe, Fi, Fo | 11 am–12 pm & 12:30–1:30 pm, West Barn

Listen to percussionist James Moss explore the sounds of different cultures from various parts of the world. With 20 years of experience as a musician and music educator, his instruction is widely sought and covers native instrument making, performance, music history, and theory.

Chasing Ice Documentary | 11:15 am–12:30 pm; 1–2:15 pm; 3–4:15 pm, Lower Commons; Registration is first come, first serve at the Welcome Center

Chasing Ice is an Emmy award-winning documentary film that follows environmental photographer James Balog as he travels to the artic to tell the story of the world’s changing climate. Watch as he risks his life to gather evidence from dangerous exploratory extremes in order to accomplish his mission to shift the course of history and save our planet.

Painting Wildlife with Betsey Fowler | 11 am-12:30 pm & 13 pm, West Barn Courtyard

Families are invited to join a free-flow, come as you please, session led by wildlife and nature artist Betsey Fowler. Betsey has captured the true essence of wildlife worldwide through her extensive travels with her husband, Jim Fowler, renowned naturalist and host of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom. After attending top art schools around the country and receiving two Master’s degrees, Betsey found a way to express her love of life and nature through her art, which is directly impacted by her experiences with animals in the wild.

Geothermal Well Tour | 12:30 pm –1 pm & 2 pm–2:30 pm, Mezzanine; Registration is first come, first serve at the Welcome Center

Learn about the geothermal well system that uses sustainable energy to heat and cool the River building at Grace Farms. The tour will include information about the closed-loop geothermal systems, and the planning process of our 55 geothermal wells, which are dug 500-feet deep into the ground.

Birds of Prey – Free Flight Falconry Demonstration | 12:301 pm & 3–3:30 pm, North Pines

Wildlife Ambassador, Emmy-nominated naturalist, and National Geographic Channel filmmaker, Mark Fowler, will present Birds of Prey free flight demonstrations with raptors. Mark and the falconers will simulate prey using lures to inspire the falcons, hawks and owls to soar and dive through the sky, then return for a food reward.

Broad Winged Hawk Release w/ Wildlife in Crisis | 3:30-3:45 pm

This broad-winged hawk was brought to Wildlife in Crisis several months ago after being struck by a car. She sustained head trauma and a fractured wing which  required  intensive care in WIC’s indoor clinic.  Eventually she was moved to one of WIC’s outdoor flight cages with other recuperating broad-winged hawks for reconditioning. She has now regained the necessary muscle strength and coordination to sustain flight and will be ready for release on Earth Day. 

Founded in 1988, Wildlife in Crisis cares for over 5,000 injured and orphaned wild animals each year. Wildlife in Crisis Care and Conservation Center is located in Weston, CT. For more information about WIC visit www.wildlifeincrisis.org. For assistance with distressed wildlife please call Wildlife in Crisis at 203-544-9913.

Progressive Reading | 12:30–2 pm, Library

Continuing the tradition of progressive readings at Grace Farms, performers will be reading selections from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden Pond.

Explore Nature’s Wonders | 11:45 pm & 22:45 pm, Outside the Commons; Registration is first come, first serve at the Welcome Center

The New Canaan Nature Center will lead nature tours of the 80-acre property of Grace Farms, exploring the many ecosystems and natural habitats that exist here. In addition to viewing wildlife on the tour, naturalists will bring native wildlife from The New Canaan Nature Center for guests to discover along the trail. Keep your eyes open for the American Kestrel nesting box, placed strategically on site as part of Grace Farms Foundation’s Kestrel Nesting Box Recovery Program.

About the Kestrel Nesting Box Recovery Program:

Grace Farms Foundation’s Nature and Wildlife Ambassador, Mark Fowler, is introducing a nesting box recovery program at Grace Farms to provide the American Kestrel, which is on the Endangered, Threatened and Special Concern Species list of Connecticut, places to nest and potentially breed, in hopes to increase their numbers around Connecticut and the Northeast.

Exhibition Talk | 1:30-2 pm, Pavilion

A casual conversation with artist Kysa Johnson and Grace Farms Foundation’s Director of Arts Initiatives Kenyon Adams.

Healing Water Conversation | 2:30–3:30 pm, Library

You can tell a lot about a country by the way it manages its water. In light of the recent events in Flint, Michigan and elsewhere, Grace Farms Foundation has invited Matthew Diserio, President and Co-Founder of Water Asset Management; Jonathan Steinberg, Westport State Representative and active participant in the Westport Water Quality Initiative; Mary Mushinsky, Wallingford State Representative; and Lori Mathieu, Public Health Section Chief, CT Department of Public Health, Drinking Water Section, to share ideas about how state governments and municipalities regulate and manage water, and how the private sector can engage and invest in this essential resource to ensure that it remains clean and available to everyone in our nation.

Breath, Hands, Wood, Sky | 2–3:15 pm, Willows

Experience the beauty of live South Asian classical and folk music, featuring multi-instrumentalist and composer, Pawan Benjamin on bansuri with Shivalik Ghoshal on tabla.

Tea Service | 11 am–5 pm, $5

Tea service will be provided all day, where participants can enjoy a sampling of teas from various regions of the world.

Used, Working Cell Phone Drive | 10 am3 pm, East Barn

Upon entry, Grace Farms' staff will collect used, working cell phones for the Domestic Violence Crisis Center. 

Information

Please carpool; free on-site parking is limited and will be available on a first come first served basis. Free off-site parking is available at Oakridge Commons behind Smith Ridge Veterinary Center (600 Oakridge Drive, South Salem, NY), only 1.5 miles from Grace Farms. Free continuous shuttle service will run starting at 10:00 am.

Children and Families
Adults
Seniors
Teens

Nature

Community

Grace Farms will be commemorating Earth Day on Saturday, April 23 with a celebration of the natural world.  Insightful programs tied to our five initiatives—nature, art, community, justice, and faith—as well as the 80-acre landscape and its diverse habitats, will be open to the public for free admission from 10 am to 4 pm. Join in the opening of our Community Garden, watch a live falconry demonstration, enjoy outdoor painting, encounter a temporary art installation by artist Kysa Johnson, or listen to a panel discussion from experts about climate change and modern slavery.

Nature Views | 10 am–4 pm, Grace Farms

Grace Farms is home to some of the most naturally preserved landscape in the area. This was accounted for in SANAA’s construction of the River building, which embraces and enhances the natural curves of the Earth. Meander through the River building and landscapes, or simply enjoy the scenery over lunch, coffee or tea.

Little Suns | 10 am–4 pm, Library

Get light, give light! A crucial initiative for Earth Day, Little Suns are a project started by artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen to provide sustainable light for everyone. The proceeds from Little Sun sales will help provide discounted Little Suns to families and individuals among the 1.1 billion worldwide who have no access to the electrical grid.

Landscape Continuum by Kysa Johnson | 10 am–4 pm, Pavilion

Kysa Johnson is a contemporary artist known for her immersive works which explore patterns in nature that exist at the extremes of scale. For Earth Day, she will create a temporary, site-specific installation inspired by the landscape at Grace Farms. The project will be completed during the event and remain on view through May 2016.

Open Art Studio for Kids | 10:30-2:30, West Barn

Facilitated, hands-on workshops inspired by artist Kysa Johnson’s exhibition Landscape Continuum.

Community Garden Opening | 10:30 am–12:30 pm, Community Garden

The Community Garden at Grace Farms is an organic garden that supports the Foundation's sustainability initiatives, overseen by staff and volunteers. Twenty raised beds will be home to a variety of plants, flowers, vegetables, and fruits scheduled to provide usable produce from May through October. We invite Earth Day attendees to help us to plant flowers and sow seeds.

Market | 10 am–4 pm, Plaza

Meet a variety of local farmers, beekeepers, and syrup makers who will be on-site offering their expertise and products for sale in the plaza.

Sustainable Capitalism:  A 21st Century Response to Climate Change & Modern Day Slavery | 10 am–12 pm, Sanctuary 

Experts will discuss issues related to sustainable capitalism in response to the effects of climate change and modern day slavery.  Matthew J. Diserio from Water Asset Management, LLC will discuss how private capital and transparent water pricing to cover its total delivery costs is a solution to our nation’s drought and water infrastructure challenges and can ensure a sustainable water supply.  A panel discussion will follow with experts including Dr. James Cockayne, lawyer, author, and head of United Nations University; Martin Whittaker,  CEO of JUST Capital, which specializes in tracking corporate performance and environmental impact; Diana Mao, President and Co-Founder of Nomi Network, a nonprofit organization that helps victims and survivors of trafficking; and Benjamin Skinner, award-winning journalist and author of A Crime So Monstrous:  Face to Face with Modern-Day Slavery.

James Moss & Fe, Fi, Fo | 11 am–12 pm & 12:30–1:30 pm, West Barn

Listen to percussionist James Moss explore the sounds of different cultures from various parts of the world. With 20 years of experience as a musician and music educator, his instruction is widely sought and covers native instrument making, performance, music history, and theory.

Chasing Ice Documentary | 11:15 am–12:30 pm; 1–2:15 pm; 3–4:15 pm, Lower Commons; Registration is first come, first serve at the Welcome Center

Chasing Ice is an Emmy award-winning documentary film that follows environmental photographer James Balog as he travels to the artic to tell the story of the world’s changing climate. Watch as he risks his life to gather evidence from dangerous exploratory extremes in order to accomplish his mission to shift the course of history and save our planet.

Painting Wildlife with Betsey Fowler | 11 am-12:30 pm & 13 pm, West Barn Courtyard

Families are invited to join a free-flow, come as you please, session led by wildlife and nature artist Betsey Fowler. Betsey has captured the true essence of wildlife worldwide through her extensive travels with her husband, Jim Fowler, renowned naturalist and host of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom. After attending top art schools around the country and receiving two Master’s degrees, Betsey found a way to express her love of life and nature through her art, which is directly impacted by her experiences with animals in the wild.

Geothermal Well Tour | 12:30 pm –1 pm & 2 pm–2:30 pm, Mezzanine; Registration is first come, first serve at the Welcome Center

Learn about the geothermal well system that uses sustainable energy to heat and cool the River building at Grace Farms. The tour will include information about the closed-loop geothermal systems, and the planning process of our 55 geothermal wells, which are dug 500-feet deep into the ground.

Birds of Prey – Free Flight Falconry Demonstration | 12:301 pm & 3–3:30 pm, North Pines

Wildlife Ambassador, Emmy-nominated naturalist, and National Geographic Channel filmmaker, Mark Fowler, will present Birds of Prey free flight demonstrations with raptors. Mark and the falconers will simulate prey using lures to inspire the falcons, hawks and owls to soar and dive through the sky, then return for a food reward.

Broad Winged Hawk Release w/ Wildlife in Crisis | 3:30-3:45 pm

This broad-winged hawk was brought to Wildlife in Crisis several months ago after being struck by a car. She sustained head trauma and a fractured wing which  required  intensive care in WIC’s indoor clinic.  Eventually she was moved to one of WIC’s outdoor flight cages with other recuperating broad-winged hawks for reconditioning. She has now regained the necessary muscle strength and coordination to sustain flight and will be ready for release on Earth Day. 

Founded in 1988, Wildlife in Crisis cares for over 5,000 injured and orphaned wild animals each year. Wildlife in Crisis Care and Conservation Center is located in Weston, CT. For more information about WIC visit www.wildlifeincrisis.org. For assistance with distressed wildlife please call Wildlife in Crisis at 203-544-9913.

Progressive Reading | 12:30–2 pm, Library

Continuing the tradition of progressive readings at Grace Farms, performers will be reading selections from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden Pond.

Explore Nature’s Wonders | 11:45 pm & 22:45 pm, Outside the Commons; Registration is first come, first serve at the Welcome Center

The New Canaan Nature Center will lead nature tours of the 80-acre property of Grace Farms, exploring the many ecosystems and natural habitats that exist here. In addition to viewing wildlife on the tour, naturalists will bring native wildlife from The New Canaan Nature Center for guests to discover along the trail. Keep your eyes open for the American Kestrel nesting box, placed strategically on site as part of Grace Farms Foundation’s Kestrel Nesting Box Recovery Program.

About the Kestrel Nesting Box Recovery Program:

Grace Farms Foundation’s Nature and Wildlife Ambassador, Mark Fowler, is introducing a nesting box recovery program at Grace Farms to provide the American Kestrel, which is on the Endangered, Threatened and Special Concern Species list of Connecticut, places to nest and potentially breed, in hopes to increase their numbers around Connecticut and the Northeast.

Exhibition Talk | 1:30-2 pm, Pavilion

A casual conversation with artist Kysa Johnson and Grace Farms Foundation’s Director of Arts Initiatives Kenyon Adams.

Healing Water Conversation | 2:30–3:30 pm, Library

You can tell a lot about a country by the way it manages its water. In light of the recent events in Flint, Michigan and elsewhere, Grace Farms Foundation has invited Matthew Diserio, President and Co-Founder of Water Asset Management; Jonathan Steinberg, Westport State Representative and active participant in the Westport Water Quality Initiative; Mary Mushinsky, Wallingford State Representative; and Lori Mathieu, Public Health Section Chief, CT Department of Public Health, Drinking Water Section, to share ideas about how state governments and municipalities regulate and manage water, and how the private sector can engage and invest in this essential resource to ensure that it remains clean and available to everyone in our nation.

Breath, Hands, Wood, Sky | 2–3:15 pm, Willows

Experience the beauty of live South Asian classical and folk music, featuring multi-instrumentalist and composer, Pawan Benjamin on bansuri with Shivalik Ghoshal on tabla.

Tea Service | 11 am–5 pm, $5

Tea service will be provided all day, where participants can enjoy a sampling of teas from various regions of the world.

Used, Working Cell Phone Drive | 10 am3 pm, East Barn

Upon entry, Grace Farms' staff will collect used, working cell phones for the Domestic Violence Crisis Center. 

Information

Please carpool; free on-site parking is limited and will be available on a first come first served basis. Free off-site parking is available at Oakridge Commons behind Smith Ridge Veterinary Center (600 Oakridge Drive, South Salem, NY), only 1.5 miles from Grace Farms. Free continuous shuttle service will run starting at 10:00 am.

Children and Families
Adults
Seniors
Teens

Nature

Community

Register Now

Date

April 23, 2016
10:00 am–4:00 pm

Ticket price

Free