Celebrate Earth Day with family-friendly activities for all ages that explore the ongoing conservation of the surrounding 80-acre nature preserve, including the native meadows, forests, and gardens.
Fabrics are the theme of this seasonal celebration! Along with our regular Earth Day programming, we’ll highlight natural fibers and take a closer look at the textile industry’s impact on the environment. Creating fabric from natural fibers is a practice spanning thousands of years. Today, fast fashion encourages consumers to buy a high volume of clothing that lasts a shorter period of time — a practice that can never be truly sustainable.
Yet we are all woven together — and the way we shop can have a positive global impact. From caring for soil and plants to understanding how our role as consumers can benefit the environment, everyone can have a hand in crafting a more sustainable future.
Guests are invited to select a time between 10 am – 1 pm or 1 pm – 4 pm to join us for the Earth Day festivities. You may arrive at any time during the time slot you select.
Earth Day activities include:
Master Birder Frank Mantlik discusses over 100 species of birds that rely on our trees for food, shelter, and nesting.
Animal Encounters with New Canaan Nature Center
Come face-to-face with native wildlife and learn about the animals in your backyard.
Meadow and Garden Engagements
Encounter our education team and Horticulture Advisor Kim Kelly throughout the landscape to learn more about the many habitats and beneficial insects that surround us.
Learn about fabrics made from regenerative fiber with the New Canaan Historical Society. We’ll discuss the process of creating yarn that is transferred into fiber and a local artisan will give weaving demonstrations with ethically sourced and sustainable yarn.
Open Arts Studio for Families | Learning from the Landscape
Inspired by the black locust grove, the Arts Initiative invites children with adult caregivers to weave recycled yarn through the trees, encouraging participants to consider the interrelatedness of life.
Reflections on a Flourishing Life
In Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer knits together scientific and Indigenous perspectives and offers poetic reflections on reciprocity, relationships, and responsibility. Join our Faith Initiative in conversation and a close reading of these essays.