CAPITAL DISTRICT Forty-two years ago, on April 22, the very first Earth Day was celebrated. This year, the Albany Pine Bush Preserve is dedicating three whole days to loving, appreciating and acknowledging planet Earth.
“I think it’s a good reminder to us that we can do things both locally to help and also we can think globally as well,” said Wendy Craney, communications and outreach director for the Pine Bush.
Earth Day was created by the modern environmentalist movement that makes saving the planet a priority, so the Pine Bush is giving the community a chance to do some saving.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 20, 21 and 22, various conservation service projects will be available for people to participate in. Everything from clearing trails to ridding the 3,200-acre preserve of invasive species like honeysuckles (a fancy phrase for “pulling weeds,” said Craney) to planting native plants will be going on starting at 9 a.m.
“I think people like to come and help us out, especially with the hands on field work because it gives people a chance to help the environment,” said Craney.
Earth Day itself will be solely for service projects, but Friday and Saturday will also feature special programs.
“On Friday we have a preschool program in the Discovery Center for small kids to come and learn about simple things. Even little kids can do things to help the planet,” said Craney.
Preschoolers will also create a craft project using recycled materials during the 10 a.m. program.
Saturday’s earthy docket features an 11 a.m. program about spring wildflowers, which Craney said is perfect for someone just looking to enjoy the day.
“If someone just wants to come out for Earth Day and appreciate the environment, it’s a nice way to come out. You don’t actually have to volunteer,” said Craney.