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Celebrate Earth Day All Month Long

Posted Mar 11, 2019
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Change Begins With Me

Asbury Woods dedicates the month of April to celebrate Earth Day. Public programs include lectures, family-friendly activities and volunteer opportunities scheduled throughout the month of April. 

Check out the full list of programs below or click the button to redirect to the programming registration page.


On April 22, people across the globe will celebrate the 49th annual Earth Day.  Recognized as the start of the modern environmental movement, the first Earth Day was organized in 1970 by then U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin.  He was spurred to action in creating a national day to focus on the environment after witnessing the damage caused by an oil spill in Santa Barbara, CA in 1969.  An estimated 20 million Americans took part in Earth Day rallies across the nation on April 22, 1970, bringing together various groups who shared common value of a healthy, sustainable environment.  By the end of 1970, those Earth Day messages had resonated across the political spectrums and led to the formation of the Environmental Protection Agency and passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts. 

Today Earth Day is a global day of celebration and action observed by more than a billion people around the world.  It’s a day of action that changes human behavior to positively benefit the environment.

“At Asbury Woods, environmental education, awareness and sustainability is a core part of our mission.  We strive to observe Earth Day everyday through our programs, practices and organizational values,” says Jennifer Farrar, Asbury Woods Executive Director. “This year we’ve added an additional focus to bring awareness to Earth Day, conservation and sustainable living with an entire month of programs.  All throughout the month of April, you’ll find programs at Asbury Woods which help you as an individual or a family make changes that are environmentally friendly.  Sustainable living begins with each of us and Asbury Woods is pleased to offer educational and awareness programs to help us take meaningful, personal action to support environmental sustainability.”

Check out the full month of public programs to celebrate Earth Day. 


Public Programs


Children and Families


April 1

Nature Tots

Throughout the month of April our nature tots will explore big ways that we can care for the Earth, our home.  All Nature Tots classes include stories, sensory play, crafts, and a visit with the animal.  Please dress for the weather- outdoor exploration is included as weather permits.

Date: Wednesdays, April 3 - 24 OR Thursdays, April 4 - 25
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Age: 18 months - 36 months, accompanied by an adult
Location: Nature Center
Member Fee: $8 | Non-member Fee: $10
Pre-registration required.


April 2

Preschool Nature Discovery

Preschoolers who love to do things for themselves will channel that energy into projects and activities that will make the Earth a greener place.  Classes will also include stories, sensory experiences and a visit with an animal.  Please dress for the weather- activities may be outdoors, as weather permits.

Date: Wednesdays, April 3 - 24 OR Thursdays, April 4 - 25
Time: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Age: 3 – 5 years old, accompanied by an adult
Location: Nature Center
Member Fee: $8 | Non-member Fee: $10
Pre-registration required.


April 3

Zero Waste Picnic

We invite people of all ages to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy at Asbury Woods.  After lunch, we will 
sort our recyclables, reusable items, compost and trash following the new guidelines for recycling in Erie County. Educators will share tips and tricks to reduce the waste produced from our typical, everyday lunches.  Getting to a zero-waste lunch might be easier than you think!

Date: Saturday, April 13
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Ages: Adults and Families
Location: Nature Center
Participation Fee: FREE
Registration Required. Please call the Nature Center to register (814) 835-5356


April 4

Starting Right with Composting

Composting can be a great way to manage all the organic waste that comes from our homes and yards.  There are a variety of options for adopting 
a composting system in your daily life, including options for people with limited space and large and small households.  This class will introduce the best practices for producing usable compost, will explore different composting systems and materials needed to get started. 

Date: Monday, April 22 
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Age: Adults and children, 10 and up
Location: Nature Center
Member Fee: $4
Non-member Fee: $6
Pre-Registration Required.


April 5

Pond Safari

This program will explore the watery worlds and the bugs, frogs, toads, salamanders, and more that live there using nets, terrariums and microscopes. Many of these aquatic creatures are both vital to our wetlands and sensitive to changes in their environment.  We will uncover ways we can protect their habitats.  This program will include a hike.  Please dress for possible muddy conditions. Rain boots and coats are encouraged. Bring a flashlight or headlamp, if you have one.

Date: Thursday, April 25
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Age: Adults and children
Location: Nature Center
Member Fee: $4
Non-member Fee: $6
Pre-registration required.


April 6

Build Your Own Rain Barrel

A rain barrel is an easy way to be “green” and conserve water at home whether you are an avid gardener or just like to water your lawn. Come to this class and construct a rain barrel from a 55-gallon food grade container. All supplies are included in the cost. Register in advance, space is limited.

Date: Saturday, April 27
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Age: Adults, children ages 10 and up
Location: Brown’s Farm
Member Fee: $55
Non-member Fee: $65
Registration Required.


Tweens and Adults


April 7

Backyard Beekeeping Workshop

Honeybees, a tiny insect, are essential pollinators to most foods we eat every day in the US. They also face serious ecological challenges. Becoming a backyard beekeeper is a powerful way to make a difference on this sticky situation.  Join our volunteer beekeeper, Charlie Schroeck and learn all of the aspects necessary to be a successful backyard beekeeper.  This four week workshop will include background information on honey bees, equipment needed, proper maintenance and honey harvesting. 

Date: Wednesdays, April 3 - 24

Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Age: Adults and children 16 and up Location: Nature Center
Member Fee: $65 Includes book  
“Starting Right with Bees”
Non-member Fee: $75 Includes book “Starting Right with Bees”
Pre-registration required.


April 8

Recycling in Erie County

Join Brittany Prischak, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator for Erie County, to learn more about the recent changes to recycling in Erie County.  Brittany will explain what has changed and how individual households can continue to recycle.

Date: Tuesday, April 9
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Age: Adults and children 16 and up
Location: Nature Center
Participation Fee: FREE


April 9

How to be a Locavore

Omnivore, herbivore, carnivore are all terms probably familiar to you.  But do you know what 
a locavore is?  Trying to eat food that is locally produced, within 60 – 100 miles from where a person lives is one way we can lessen the our impact on the Earth.  Here in Erie County there are a variety of ways to eat delicious food that is locally sourced.  Program participants will discover them and learn about the journey food goes on to arrive at home and table.

Date: Thursday, April 11 
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Age: Adults and children 16 and up
Location: Nature Center
Member Fee: $4
Non-member Fee: $6
Pre-registration required.


April 10

Spring Landscape Acrylic

Spring is all about new beginnings and the re-emergence of color in the Woods. This class will focus on using acrylic paints to illustrate a vibrant landscape and connect us to the land we protect and enjoy at Asbury Woods. Canvas, brushes, and acrylic paints will be provided. This is an adult beginners’ class - no prior acrylic training is necessary. Participants are welcome to bring beverages and snacks to enjoy while painting.

Date: Friday, April 12
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Age: Adults and children 16 and up 
Location: Nature Center
Member Fee: $25 
Non-member Fee: $30
Pre-registration required.


April 11

Gardening to Attract Pollinators

Pollinators like bees and hummingbirds are both beautiful and beneficial for gardens.  Join a Master Gardener to learn how to start your own pollinator-friendly garden. This program will discuss the best plants and gardening practices to attract pollinators to your yard.  Additionally, each participant will get to make and take home their own mini hummingbird feeder.

Dates: Tuesday, April 16
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Age: Adults 
Location: Nature Center 
Member Fee: $8
Non-Member Fee: $10
Pre-registration required.


April 12

Sustainable Cleaning

Household cleaning can be made easy using common, non-toxic ingredients. DIY products not only save you money, but are also better for you, and better for the planet. Each participant will get take home a DIY multipurpose cleaner and a glass cleaner.  

Date: Thursday, April 18
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Age: Adults and children 16 and up
Location: Nature Center
Member Fee: $25
Non-member Fee: $30
Pre-registration required.


April 13

An Insta-Worthy Nature Walk

There’s no need to collect that flower or interesting seed when you can capture the beauty of Asbury Woods in that perfect picture.  An Asbury Woods educator will guide participants to the “hidden gems” for photographing nature along the trails and gardens. We’ll be noticing the details in nature and recording them in Instagram-worthy photos. Dress for the weather and don’t forget your camera or cell phone.   

Dates: Friday, April 19
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. 
Age: Adults and children ages 8 and up
Location: Nature Center 
Member Fee: $5
Non-Member Fee: $7
Pre-registration required.


April 14

Spring Clean-up at Asbury Woods 

You can show appreciation for nature this Earth Day by assisting at our annual trail clearing and cleanup event. It is the perfect way to enjoy the woods while helping to keep our grounds and trails well maintained and accessible.  Work gloves will be provided or bring your own, if you like.

Dates: Saturday, April 20 Time: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. 
Age: Adults, children and groups 
Location: Nature Center 
Pre-registration required. Please call Sheila Nordin at (814) 836-6176 to register.


April Website And Newsletter

Uncovering the Emerald Ash Borer

Join Mercyhurst University biology professor, Chris Dolanc for a walking tour of the pumpkin ash stands of Asbury Woods.  This unique tree species is under threat from an invasive insect, the emerald ash borer.  Dr. Dolanc will highlight his research on the impact this insect is having on the health of our forest ecosystem, as we explore along the Greenway Trail.  Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Dates: Saturday, April 27
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 p.m.
Age: Adults 
Location: Asbury Park picnic shelter (across from the Nature Center for easy access to the pumpkin ash trees)
Participation Fee: FREE