April Vacation: Earth Week at Niantic Children’s Museum

Niantic Children's Museum 409 Main Street, Niantic

April 9 - 12, 2024 Join us for a terra-ific week as we celebrate the Earth we live on! The week will be filled with hands-on demonstrations, crafts, and more! Challenge yourself to make something out of recycled materials in our Museum MakerSpace. Educator-led demonstrations will run from 10am to 2pm at the top of the hour. All activities free with Museum admission. For more information

Shoreline Arts Alliance: Connecticut’s Oldest State-Wide Photography Competition Accepting Submissions for 2024 Show

Kehler Lidell Gallery 873 Whalley Ave, New Haven, CT

Submissions accepted online until August 7th, 2023. We have opened submissions for IMAGES, Connecticut’s oldest state-wide photography competition. Now in its 44th exhibition cycle, IMAGES is a jury-curated photography exhibition which is returning this year to being held in a physical gallery setting. Accepted artists are eligible for various awards, and there is exciting programming scheduled to accompany the show including a virtual gallery talk and jury panel. ​ Submissions for Shoreline Arts Alliance’s IMAGES will be accepted online until August 7th, 2023. ​ Shoreline Arts Alliance encourages all Connecticut Photographers of all ages and skill-levels to submit their work to IMAGES. The show will be up from September 9th through September 30th. For more information

Talk: “The Petro-Welfare State: Alaska’s Experiment in Fiscal and Ecological Sustainability ” with Philip Wight

Yale Agrarian Studies 230 Prospect Street, New Haven

Philip Wight is an Assistant Professor of History and Arctic & Northern Studies at the University of Alaska. He is an energy and environmental historian, with a focus on infrastructure, mobility, and climate. He teaches classes in Alaska history, the contemporary history of the circumpolar north, as well as energy and climate history. Dr. Wight wrote his doctoral dissertation on the history of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System. His research demonstrates how transportation infrastructures have enormous capacity to influence Alaska’s development, environment, and lifeways.   This is a hybrid event: join on Zoom  or in-person For more information

Yale Institute of Sacred Music : Biophilia: In Excelsis Art Exhibit

Miller Hall 406 Prospect Street, New Haven

March 27-May 2 Biophilia: In Excelsis is an art exhibition that focuses on the theme of sacred ecosystems, including oceans and forests, and their imminent transformation due to increased global warming. Curated by M. Annenberg, it brings together twenty-two artists who represent different cultural backgrounds, generations, and geographic locations, and who explore the concept of Biophilia, the love of life. It will be on view at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music’s Miller Hall at 406 Prospect Street, New Haven from March 27-May 2 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12-4 p.m. A catalog will be available with essay by art critic, Eleanor Heartney. This exhibition is sponsored by the Institute of Sacred Music’s Religion, Ecology, and Expressive Culture Initiative.

Greenwich Earth Day Cleanup: Mianus River

Get involved and give back to your local community on Earth Day! Link up with Trout Unlimited and friends to clean up the Mianus River in Greenwich along River Road. We'll get things started at 10 am - look for the big blue TU tent! There should be plenty of parking on the pull offs up and down River Road. We'll have stuff like water, snacks, gloves and trash bags onsite. Bring a reusable bottle! For more information

Wilton Earth Day Cleanup: Schenck’s Island Park

Schenck's Island Park 202 Old Ridgefield Road, Wilton

Get involved and give back to your community on Earth Day! Link up with Trout Unlimited and friends to clean up the Norwalk River at Schenck's Island Park. Volunteers will split up into teams to scout for garbage along the banks, and cut back vines and invasive plants. We'll have all the stuff you need like water, snacks, gloves, trash bags and loppers - bring a reusable water bottle! For more information

Norwalk Earth Day Cleanup: Silvermine River

Join Trout Unlimited and friends for a cleanup of the Silvermine River in Norwalk at the Silvermine Elementary School. We'll provide all the stuff you need like waters, snacks, gloves and trash bags. Bring a reusable water bottle! For more information

Earth Day Expo at The Groton Public Library

Groton Public Library 52 Newtown Road, Groton

Invest in our planet. Join community organizations as we celebrate Earth Day and raise awareness of climate change, and give the community resources it needs to live more sustainably. This community event features a variety of vendors and organizations who support sustainable living as well as speakers throughout the day. Speakers: Stephanie Draus Mauro Diaz-Hernandez Jason Hine Representative Christine Palm Stacy Jameson For more information

Groton Earth Day Expo: Sustainable Seafood Snacks at Groton Public Library

Groton Public Library 52 Newtown Road, Groton

The shipwright’s Daughter is teaming up with Eating with the ecosystem, Greencrab.org, Stonington Kelp Company and the Sugar Kelp Cooperative for the Second annual Groton Earth Day Expo! throughout the day, James Beard Finalist, Chef David Standridge will BE Serving up sustainable seafood poke bowls, kelp popcorn and offering cooking demos demonstrating simple techniques for all attendees to use and prepare sustainable seafood. Our partners at greencrab.org will be bringing interactive green crab touch tanks and coloring books for kids, in addition to amazing education from Stonington Kelp Company, the sugar kelp cooperative and eating with the ecosystem. For more information

Chefs Master class with DAVID STANDRIDGE at Millwright’s

Millwright's Restaurant 77 West Street, Simsbury

Calling all professional chefs! Join James Beard Award Semifinalist Chef David Standridge at Millwright's Restaurant in Simsbury CT for a culinary sustainability masterclass! Discover innovative techniques to elevate your kitchen's eco-game, from utilizing fresh New England sugar kelp to preserving it for future feasts. Learn to tackle invasive green crabs en masse, incorporate underutilized native fish species, and much more. While the class is free, we encourage participants to support our favorite non-profits: Eating with the Ecosystem, or Greencrab.org. SIGN-UP Due to limited availability, this class is first come first serve for professional chefs only. Please EMAIL Info@shipwrightsdaughter.com to sign up. For more information

OF BIRDS & STARS: EXPLORING THE WONDER OF BIRD MIGRATION IN CONNECTICUT

Andover Public Library 355 Route 6, Andover

This interactive presentation by Meredith Barges, Co-Chair of Lights Out Connecticut, will celebrate the beauty of the night sky as the nocturnal habitat of migratory birds returning to Connecticut after their winter stays in South America. You will learn more about the spectacular secret lives of migratory songbirds, the long-distance journeys they make twice each year to Connecticut -- and why they need dark skies to navigate. We will also explore safe, simple steps you can take at your home, business, and neighborhood to help make the night sky safer for birds by reducing light pollution and protect the intact nocturnal ecosystem. This event is free & open to the public. About the Presenter: Meredith Barges grew up in rural Vermont but has lived in major cities for most of her life. It was while living near the North Woods of Central Park that she became an avid bird watcher and bird advocate. She is passionate about helping people to connect to the complex lives of birds and the role that we can play in making our towns and cities safer for birds. She brings years of nonprofit experience to her role as co-chair of Lights Out Connecticut, a statewide advocacy project of the Menunkatuck Audubon Society. In spring 2023, she helped to lead a successful campaign to pass Public Act No. 23-143, Connecticut's "lights out CT law." She is co-author of "Building Safer Cities For Birds: How Cities Are Leading The Way On Bird-Friendly Building Policy" (published by American Bird Conservancy and Yale Law School) For more information

City Nature Challenge 2024: Hartford + New Haven Counties: Biodiversity Observations

Let's share the biodiversity of central CT with the world! Search for wild plants, animals, and other creatures between April 26th and April 29 to see how many species you can find within the boundaries of Hartford and New Haven Counties, Connecticut - from our parks and wildlife areas, to our backyards and city streets. Anyone can participate - all you need is a smartphone and the iNaturalist app! Just make observations within the project boundaries, and they will automatically be added to this project. You can join the project to receive updates and learn about events near you! Cities and counties across the world will be participating in the City Nature Challenge on the same weekend, in a friendly competition to see who can make the most observations and ID the most different species. For more information and Here