By Jennifer Weber
After the very long, seemingly never-ending winter in Western New York, let’s turn our sights to spring and the outdoors as we celebrate Earth Day on April 22 and Arbor Day on April 27.
Plant a tree! Plant a garden! Take a walk in the park and clean up litter along the way. Find a trail to hike or bike and enjoy the sights or schedule some time with friends and family with one of the following events.
April 20 to 28
The Olmstead Park Conservancy will celebrate 150 years of Olmstead in Buffalo with Olmsteaducation Week from April 20 to 28, featuring a series of events including Volunteer Day, Movie Day featuring The Lorax, a Tree Giveaway by NYSDEC, Urban Park Practitioners Roundtable, a book signing with Frank Kowsky, a panel discussion entitled, “What the heck is an Arboretum?” and Arbor Day Tree Work at South Park. For more information visit bfloparks.org/olmsteducationweek2018.
April 21 at 10 a.m.
Earth & Arbor Day Celebration at Allegany State Park
On Saturday, April 21 at 10 a.m., Allegany State Park will host its annual Earth and Arbor Day celebration at the Red House Administration Building lobby with activities such as nature trivia, displays and information sessions on recycling and composting. The event is free. For more information, visit facebook.com/alleganystatepark.
April 21 at 10 a.m.
Volunteer Clean Up Day at Penn Dixie
For another Earth Day option, how about heading to Penn Dixie Fossil Park & Nature Reserve located at 4050 North St., Blasdell on Saturday, April 21 at 10 a.m. for its annual volunteer clean up day? The event prepares the site to get ready to open for the season. Admission is free and pizza will be available for all who volunteer. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (716) 627-4560.
April 21 at 1 p.m.
Day With the Trees at Greystone Nature Preserve
Visit Greystone Nature Preserve, located at 8531 Bear Lake Road in Fredonia, on Saturday, April 21 at 1 p.m. for its “Day With the Trees – Earth Day Event.” Participants will help plant trees and enjoy a buffet of foods that solely come from trees. This event is free and all ages and abilities are welcome to attend. For more information visit greystonenaturepreserve.com.
Green Springville is coordinating a two-hour, family-friendly celebration. Starting a 2 p.m. at the Springville Center for the Arts, a variety of activities are planned including natural face painting, planting stations, a chalk mural, and earth-friendly games. Everyone is invited to enjoy light refreshments while listening to the live music and hanging out. Green Springville volunteers will be on hand to discuss some of the activities planned for the rest of the year.
April 22 at 10 a.m.
Earth Day at Buffalo Museum of Science
The Buffalo Museum of Science, located at 1020 Humboldt Pkwy. in Buffalo, celebrates Earth Day on Sunday, April 22 at 10 a.m. with a variety of activities throughout the museum. Activities include a painted rain barrel display and artwork created from plastic bags by students across Western New York. All activities are included with general admission. For more information visit sciencebuff.org.
April 22 at 1 p.m.
Earth Day Volunteer Open House at Reinstein Woods
Reinstein Woods, located at 93 Honorine Drive in Depew, is hosting an Earth Day Volunteer Open House on Sunday, April 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. Participants will get the chance to learn more about volunteer opportunities available including greeting visitors, becoming a nature guide or helping care for trails. For more information visit reinsteinwoods.org.
April 22 at 2 p.m.
Earth Day Celebration at SCA
Hosted by Green Springville, this family-friendly celebration at Springville Center for the Arts includes natural face painting, planting stations, chalk mural and earth-friendly games. For more information, visit facebook.com/greenspringville.
April 27 at noon
Buffalo Arbor Day Tree Tours & Tree Planting at Botanical Gardens
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, located at 2655 South Park Ave., hosts its annual Buffalo Arbor Day Tree Tours & Tree Planting on Friday, April 27 at noon. The tree tours will be held (rain or shine!) at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. and the tree planting will be held at 3:30 p.m. The tours and tree planting are free and open to the public. For more information, visit buffalogardens.com.
April 28 at 10 a.m.
Spring Ephemeral Wildflower Walk at Knox Farm State Park
On Saturday, April 28 at 10 a.m., join the Niagara Region Park Interpretive Program for a Spring Ephemeral Wildflower Walk at Knox Farm State Park, located at 437 Buffalo Road, East Aurora. For information and registration call (716) 549-1050.
April 28 at 10 a.m.
Discovering the Poetry in Nature at the County Forestry
The Springville Center for the Arts presents Discovering the Poetry in Nature on Saturday, April 28 at 10 a.m. The event’s guide, Suzanne Borowicz, will lead a mindful stroll outdoors and participants will enjoy lunch and do a little journaling along the way. Call (716) 592-9038 to register. Cost $20. This event takes place at the County Forestry, 11372 Genesee Road, East Concord. For more information, visit springvillearts.org.