Woodcock Nature Center Earth Day Celebration


56 Deer Run Rd., Wilton, CT Phone: 203-762-7257.

9:30 – 10:30 am: Spring Exploration Walk All ages welcome to join our staff on an explorative walk where we will look for signs of Spring's arrival. We'll scoop for frog eggs, look for salamanders and enjoy the great outdoors! Meet at the Nature Center building at 9:30 am. Free! No registration required.  1:00 – 4:00 pm: Up-cycled Terrariums & Recycled Crafts All ages are welcome to make an up-cycled terrarium or recycled crafts or both! (see details below) Come anytime between 1:00 – 4:00 pm. While you're here feel free to hike our trails, explore our grounds or play on the natural playground. Nets will be available for scooping along the pond.  Up-cycled Terrariums in our Pavilion - $10 payable day of  Bring your own vessel from home and make a one of a kind Up-cycled Terrarium! Staff will be on hand to help show you how. For $10, we will provide enough base materials to make one terrarium. This includes soil, substrate, moss and one succulent pant. Additional plants available for purchase as well. Some up-cycled vessel suggestions are old jam jars, teacups or other durable containers. Let your imagination lead you!  Recycled Crafts in the Nature Center – Free! We will have stations set up for all ages to make various crafts out of recycled materials. Make tin can lanterns, old key wind chimes, box top bookmarks and more! We provide the materials. You provide the creativity!

Housatonic River Adventure

04/22/2016 to 05/01/2016

Cornwall Bridge, CT

To commemorate its 75th Anniversary and celebrate the many partners who protect the river, the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) is hosting the Housatonic River Adventure, a 10-day Source to Sound paddle trip, from April 22 to May 1, 2016. Celebrations and educational programs along the journey will connect thousands to the beautiful river that runs through the Litchfield Hills and Fairfield County. Many partner organizations from the surrounding watershed will join HVA for this historic river adventure. Registration, required for paddling, can be done online starting March 1. For more information, or to sponsor the trip, visit www.hvatoday.org.

Earth Day at Grace Farm--New Canaan


365 Lukes Wood Rd., New Canaan, CT 06840. Phone: 203-920-1702.

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 Little Suns | 10 am–4 pm, Library; Landscape Continuum by Kysa Johnson | 10 am–4 pm, Pavilion; Open Art Studio for Kids | 10:30-2:30, West Barn; Community Garden Opening | 10:30 am–12:30 pm, Community Garden; Market | 10 am–4 pm, Plaza; Sustainable Capitalism: A 21st Century Response to Climate Change & Modern Day Slavery | 10 am–12 pm, Sanctuary 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 Painting Wildlife with Betsey Fowler | 11 am-12:30 pm & 1–3 pm, West Barn Courtyard Birds of Prey – Free Flight Falconry Demonstration | 12:30–1 pm & 3–3:30 pm, North Pines and much more.  Check the website for the full scheudle and details. 

Wilton Historical Society - Tin-Punching Workshop for Kids


224 Danbury Rd., Wilton, CT Phone: 203-762-7257..

11:00-12:30pm  In this fun workshop, kids ages 6 – 12 will make a tin lantern or luminary by using a recycled can! Museum Educator Lola Chen will talk about the history of tinsmiths and the important items they produced, including pierced tin lanterns to safely hold and carry candles. Participants will help prepare a nifty snack -- Cowboy Breakfast! (Baked Beans and Eggs in a basket.)

Beardsley Zoo -Party for the Planet

04/23/2016 to 04/24/2016

1875 Noble Ave, Bridgeport, CT Phone: 203-394-6565.

(noon to 3 pm) -- Party for the Planet. Join us to celebrate the 46th anniversary of Earth Day! Visit special citizen science stations to learn about online science projects you and your family can participate in. Come learn what you can do to make the planet a healthier place for you and your family.

New Canaan Nature Center - Spring Peepers Night Hike


144, New Canaan, CT Phone: (203)-966-9577 x10 .

6:30pm Come explore the magic of spring with us! We'll visit the nature center's vernal pools and ponds to listen for the peeps & croaks of frogs and other amphibians that let us know spring is in full swing. Members: $7/person Non-Members: $10/person Spaces are LIMITED! Call (203)-966-9577 x10 to register today.

Bartlett Arboretum Arbor Earth Day Family Festival


151 Brookdale Rd., Stamford, CT Phone: 203-487-5263.

10 am - 3 pm. Rain Date: April 24. Music, plant talks, food, storytelling, face painting, touch a truck, demonstrations, trail tours.  Learn how to prune, plant a tree and identify native plants. No admission charge.

Maritime Aquarium Norwalk Lighthouse Tour


10 North Water St., Norwalk, CT

Venture out for a rare close-up look at five historic lighthouses in central Long Island Sound during a special boat outing offered at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. Participants aboard the Aquarium's unique new hybrid-electric research vessel, R/V Spirit of the Sound™, will make passes by five century-old beacons: Peck Ledge, Greens Ledge and Sheffield Island lighthouses in Norwalk, Penfield Reef Lighthouse in Fairfield and Stratford Shoal (Middle Ground) Light. Advance purchase is required for all Aquarium lighthouse cruises. Reserve tickets online at www.maritimeaquarium.org or call (203) 852-0700, ext. 2206.

Greater Bridgeport Symphony Benefit Concert with Dr. Orin Grossman: I Like a Gershwin Tune, How About You?


285 Lyons Plain Rd., Weston, CT 06883. Phone: 203-576-0263.

OnSunday April 24, 2016 at 4PM join Dr. Orin Grossman with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony for an afternoon benefit concert:  I Like A Gershwin Tune, How About You? at Emmanuel Church, Weston.  Tickets: $20 pe person or $48 family 4 pack. 

Stepping Stones Museum for Children The Daughter of Father Rose


303 West St., Norwalk, CT Phone: 203 899 0606.

2 pm. A king, not eager to lose his beautiful daughter, sets forth a challenge that only the man who can grow a rose more beautiful than his could win her hand in marriage. Children will learn how to make roses out of coffee filters they have decorated. Limited space – get tickets at the Welcome Desk. For children ages 5 and older.