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The community can help out with service projects at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 20, 21 and 22 in honor of Earth Day.

The community can help out with service projects at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 20, 21 and 22 in honor of Earth Day. Submitted Photo

— On Saturday afternoon, there will be tours of the Discovery Center at 1 and 2:30 p.m. It’s a LEED-certified building, which represents a daily pact of friendship with the environment.

“(It’s) to show people the different green technologies we use. For example, we have solar panels we use and we also have in the back a composting toilet system,” said Craney. “Within the building as we retrofitted it for the Discovery Center, we used a lot of recycled materials and different renewable resources in building materials.”

Craney said enlisting the public’s help for three days of conservation work holds a greater value than simply spending time in the great outdoors.

“It’s the best way to get large projects done for us because we do have a small staff, so when we have our big community conservation days and people come help us, it helps us get our work done a lot faster and more efficiently,” said Craney.

The Discovery Center will be open all weekend with exhibits geared to all ages. Registration is required for all programs and can be done at www.albanypinebush.org or by calling 456-0655.

In Schenectady’s Central Park, the Cornell Cooperative Extension will celebrate Earth Day at the greenhouse.

“We want to promote and educate about gardening, composting and sustainability,” said Denise Kolankowski, senior extension resource educator and health and wellness/recycling educator at the Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Throughout the day there will be many activities that aim to give back to the planet, starting with a demonstration about composting, followed by one where attendees will learn how to make garden sculpture art from junk. There will also be a demonstration about bat conservation with the goal of debunking negative connotations of what Kolankowski said are actually beneficial creatures.

From 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. there will be free paper shredding, a confidential service that limits three paper boxes per person.

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