Due to Covid, many Earth Day celebrations have been canceled this year. However, there are still several safe activities that you can participate in to give back to your community. Listed below are a variety of events around the Greater New Haven area. You don’t have to bring supplies to participate in any of these activities, so all you have to do is show up!
Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride
Rock to Rock is a group that started in 2008, and it raised $10,000 for local environmental groups that year. Since then, they have raised over $1.95 million.
Rock to Rock invites participants to bike from East Rock and back, offering a few different routes based on mileage. This year, participants will have staggered starts in small groups to keep the event COVID-safe. Rock to Rock raises money for numerous local organizations, and riders can choose how they would like their money to be distributed.
Where: East Rock Park, 41 Cold Spring Street, New Haven CT, 06511
When: Saturday, April 24th
Where your donations go: https://www.rocktorock.org/whereyourdonationsgo
Spoken Word Earth Day Celebration
The Milford Arts Council is hosting a Spoken Word poetry event to celebrate Earth Day this year.
Where: Lisman Landing, Milford CT 06460
When: Sunday, April 25th, from 2:00PM to 3:00PM
Earth Day Cleanup Events
Where: 995B E Center Street, Wallingford, CT 06492
When: Saturday, April 24th, 2021, from 10 AM to 12 PM
Clean House Project: Earth Day Cleanup
Where: Lighthouse Point Park, 2 Lighthouse Road, New Haven, CT 06511
When: Saturday, April 24th, from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Where: Hamden Middle School (2623 Dixwell Ave, Hamden, CT 06518), back parking lot
When: Saturday, April 24th, starting at 11:00 AM
How to participate: Call the Recycling Coordinator, Joe DeRisi, at 203-287-7021, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Long-Term Fundraising Opportunities:
Gather New Haven
Gather New Haven is an organization that facilitates community gardening, land conservation and environmental education.
Sign up to fundraise: https://givegreater.cfgnh.org/organizations/gather-new-haven
CitySeed seeks to provide fresh, local food for all residents of New Haven through sustainable agricultural practices. The organization runs a year-round Farmers’ Market and two culinary programs.
Sign up to fundraise: https://givegreater.cfgnh.org/organizations/cityseed
Columbus House, Inc.
Columbus House, Inc. provides shelter for homeless or otherwise impoverished people, using environmentally-friendly operations. They have a recycling program and use energy-efficient appliances at their shelters.
Sign up to fundraise: https://givegreater.cfgnh.org/organizations/columbus-house