ROCKLAND — The Rockland Earth Day Fair, an educational and celebratory event, will take place on Earth Day, Monday, April 22, from 2 to 6 p.m., on the front lawn of the Rockland Public Library.
Representatives from local and national environmental and earth-centered organizations, including the Maine Audubon Society, EcoMaine, Friends of Maine Coastal Islands (FOMCI), Friends of the Weskeag, Georges River Land Trust (GRLT), Great Old Broads for Wilderness, Maine Coastal Observing Alliance (MCOA), Midcoast Conservancy, Rockland Parks and Rec Committee, Friends of Rockland Public Library, and Sierra Club Maine, will share information about their groups and ways people can help the Earth.
Maine Audubon is the state’s oldest and largest wildlife conservation organization, connecting people to nature through a science-based approach to conservation, education, and advocacy, according to the Library, in a news release.
Volunteers from the Project Puffin Visitors Center in Rockland will be in the children's tent with bird-related crafts.
EcoMaine provides comprehensive long-term solid waste solutions in a safe, environmentally responsible, economically sound manner, and is a leader in raising public awareness of sustainable waste management strategies.
Friends of Maine Coastal Islands NWR supports Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge in its efforts to conserve, protect, and enhance the rich diversity of coastal habitats, seabirds, and other wildlife. Volunteers will be in the children’s tent with various activities.
Friends of the Weskeag is an informal network of supporters and advocates of all ages dedicated to the conservation of the Wessaweskeag watershed. They will have materials available related to the ongoing Volunteer River Monitoring Project which seeks to establish baseline data for the estuarine and freshwater portion of the Weskeag.
Since 1987, the Georges River Land Trust in Midcoast Maine has worked to conserve ecosystems and the traditional heritage of the Georges River watershed region through permanent land protection, stewardship, education and outdoor experiences. The Land Trust serves the towns of Appleton, Cushing, Hope, Liberty, Montville, Owls Head, Rockland, St. George, Searsmont, South Thomaston, Union and Warren.
Great Old Broads for Wilderness (Broads) is a national grassroots organization, led by women, that engages and inspires activism to preserve and protect wilderness and wild lands. The recently established Maine Broadband is working to raise public awareness of the issues facing our local coastal environment through education and service activities.
MCOA was formed in 2014 as an alliance of seven coastal citizen monitoring groups, in recognition of their common interests in understanding and promoting the ecological health of Maine's estuaries. They are: Friends of Casco Bay, Damariscotta River Association, Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association, Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, Medomak Valley Land Trust, Georges River Tidewater Association, and Rockport Conservation Commission.
Midcoast Conservancy protects and promotes healthy lands, waters, and communities through conservation, outdoor adventure, and learning. They are one of the largest regional conservation organizations in Maine, with over 8,200 acres of land conserved.
Friends of Rockland Public Library is a charitable organization with the mission of supporting the goals of the Rockland Public Library and its Advisory Board in their efforts to serve the City and the greater Rockland community.
The Rockland Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee seeks to enhance the health, welfare, and quality of life for Rockland residents and visitors by providing public parks and recreational facilities throughout the City. Such public parks and recreational facilities provide a natural, beautiful setting for leisure, recreation, and special events, and help to conserve the scenery and natural and historic objects for the enjoyment of the current and future generations.
The Sierra Club is a grassroots environmental organization in the United States dedicated to defending everyone’s right to a healthy world. Sierra Club Maine states that their purpose is to explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the Earth; to practice and promote the responsible use of the Earth's ecosystems and resources by enlisting humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment.
Throughout the entirety of the event, there will be a "Children of All Ages" tent where people can make earth-friendly windsock and bird feeder crafts, and perhaps listen to a story read by Rockland Librarians. Visitors are also encouraged to express themselves by decorating the Library sidewalk with chalk.
Rockland Public Library is located at 80 Union St. in Rockland. This event is free and open to the public. FMI: 594-0310.