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Earth Day Fest!!! Saturday, April 22, 2017

Earth Day Fest is coming up fast!  We can’t wait to host the co-sponsors who are making this fun-filled menu of activities possible:

Boothbay Railway Village
Boothbay Sea & Science Center
Chewonki
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Crow Point Yoga
Glidden Point Oyster Co.

There will also be a very special re-dedication of the Rachel Carson Plaque that has lived at The First Bank for more than 20 years.   Rachel Carson, marine biologist, conservationist, and author of the prescient environmental classics The Sea Around Us and Silent Spring built a summer cottage on Southport Island in 1953 and made her indelible mark on the region and environmental science.  The Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library is honored to be the new home for the plaque.

This event is taking place rain or shine! In case of rain we will move the outdoor activities over to the Boothbay Harbor Fire Station*.

*The event is not sponsored by the municipality of Boothbay Harbor, nor does it necessarily represent the values and opinions of the Board of Selectman or the community at large.

SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES

10:00 AM  -11:00 AM: Chalk Where We Walk
Working together, we’ll create a sidewalk chalk mural between the Children’s Garden and the Used Book Store in homage to Mother Earth. This event was inspired by Jim Taliana’s Chalk on the Hill event at Fishermen’s Festivals past!

11:00 AM -Noon Tide Pools: Life on the Rocky Shore (Chewonki)
The tide pool is home to a variety of species whose unique adaptations allow them to maintain stability in a world that is in a constant state of change. Which species can endure the waves, tides and temperature changes of the rocky coast? Using this interactive display, participants will dip their hands into the three zones of Maine’s rocky intertidal ecosystem and touch some of the ocean’s most magnificent species.

Noon-12:45 PM: Family & Friends Yoga
Join Brittany Warren from Crow Point Yoga for a family friendly yoga session for all levels and bodies.  Everyone is welcome.  Bring a mat, or use the grass and roll around on our home planet. Brittany received her 200 our teacher certification through the ShivaShakti School of Yoga, where she studied with Aiyana Athenian and Krishna Peter Perry.

12:30 PM: Glidden Point’s Positive Impact
What kind of relationship does an oyster farm have with the environment?  Find out from Ryan McPherson of Glidden Point Oyster Company, and learn about the Oyster Co.’s practices that aim to leave a positive impact on the environment.

12:45 PM: Whose Trash Is This?
The Boothbay Region concerns itself with the integrity of its natural resources and depends upon future generations to understand and appreciate the impact that they have on its sustainability. Pauline Dion (President, BSSC) and Michelle Miclette will talk about the impact of plastic on oceans, from the surface to the sea floor.

1:00 PM: Re-Dedication of the Rachel Carson Plaque
A short history, rededication, and unveiling of the Rachel Carson Plaque by the Boothbay Region Garden Club.  This plaque is being relocated from First National Bank to its new home on the Library grounds.

2:00 PM Film: PBS American Experience—Rachel Carson (120 min)
Join the Botanical Gardens and the Land Trust for a screening of the PBS documentary exploring the contribution of the groundbreaking scientist and writer, Rachel Carson.  *There is no elevator access to the Upstairs Community Room at this time.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

ONGOING ACTIVITIES

10:00 AM – 2:00PM

Planting for Pollinators
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Learn about pollination, the diversity of pollinators, and the importance of having different colored, shaped and even different smelling flowers for our pollinator friends. Make a wildflower seed bomb to take home to plant in your garden to attract pollinators!

Victory Gardens
Boothbay Railway Village
During World Wars I and II, Americans were encouraged to grow their own food, to ensure that everyone had enough food during the war years.  Millions of vegetable gardens were planted across the country, in backyards and in public spaces.  Plant your own Victory Garden with heirloom vegetable seeds, dirt, and pots, plus learn recipes, and a history of each vegetable.

Upcycling
Boothbay Sea & Science Center (BSSC)
Join Pauline Dion (President, BSSC) and Michelle Miclette (Boothbay Region Elementary School Science Teacher) and upcycle plastic cup lids into unique and fun works of art.

Local Wonders
Boothbay Region Land Trust
Get information about the Boothbay Region preserves and learn about our flora and fauna. See and touch pelts, bones, seeds, cones, rocks, and other natural objects from our region.