North Haven to host annual Earth Day event this weekend

North Haven to host annual Earth Day event this weekend

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NORTH HAVEN — More than 40 environmental organizations and businesses are expected to participate in the Conservation Commission’s 11th annual Earth Day resource fair Saturday.  

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at North Haven High School, 221 Elm St. Admission is free. Earth Day is April 22, but the Conservation Commission has traditionally held its event earlier in the month. 

Commission Chairman Hugh Davis said the goal is to offer resources so “people can know better what's going on in town and in the area and hopefully become involved in some of these organizations.”

Many local, state and national organizations will be represented. The event will also feature food trucks and games.

Meigs Point Nature Center will bring reptiles and other animals. Owls and other birds rescued by A Place Called Hope will be on display. They also expect to have a local beekeeper — bees included — and baby goats. 

The event will also feature art work from local students and a Nissan Leaf electric car. The commission will hand out reusable grocery bags and packets of seeds. 

“There are so many groups that are coming back and they change their exhibits from year to year,” Davis said. Exhibits cover a wide range of topics, including recycling, energy efficiency, climate change, hiking trails, and organic gardening. 

Many of the organizations that have participated for years in the event will be returning this year, including the North Haven Garden Club, which will be promoting a new program for “junior growers.” 

Garden Club President Cindy Golia said the program will teach kids the basics of gardening through instructional and hands-on experience.

“The whole idea of just getting them away from their devices and outside into nature,” Golia said. 

She said the schedule may cater to participants, but for now will likely meet once a month for two hours on a Saturday morning starting in late May. 

Anyone who cannot make the Earth Day celebration but is interested in signing up for the Junior Gardening Club can reach Golia by email at
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