The year 1970 represented the height of counterculture in the United States — the death of Jimi Hendrix, the last Beatles album, and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Warfare surged in Vietnam, and people across the country vigorously protested.
It also marked the first Earth Day, and 22 million Americans celebrated clean air, land and water.
While much has changed over the last half century, Earth Day still stands — and the South Fork Natural History Museum will do its part to commemorate the occasion with an Earth Day Celebration & Wellness Weekend, starting Friday at 7 p.m. with a book talk and signing with John P. Cardone, author of “The Healing Power of Nature.”
“During the talk, John will present information on how spending time with nature can influence your health and well-being. Along the way, he will call on his over 30 years in healthcare education, his own fight with illness, and his years as a lover of the outdoors, while presenting the scientific facts about the benefits of being in the natural world,” according to the museum. “Enjoy his nature photos of wildlife and waterscapes, most taken while kayaking Long Island waters. Find out more about the importance of calming your mind, the health benefits of the outdoors, and why it is especially important to share this spirit with children. All of this will get you wanting to spend more time with nature.”
Saturday’s festivities will kick off at 8 a.m. with a clean-up at Sagg Main Beach in Sagaponack, followed by family yoga in nature with Laura Berland at 10:30 a.m., a family nature walk in Vineyard Field at 11:30 a.m., and a Bay Burger “Grab & Go” lunch from 12 to 2 p.m.
Children can participate in a scavenger hunt or make a recycled tin can planter at 1:30 p.m., and adults can ramp up their knowledge on tick-borne illnesses during a talk led by the Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Resource Center at 2:45 p.m. Head back to the museum at 7 p.m. for the astronomy talk “Jupiter, King of Planets,” followed by star viewing with Montauk Observatory astronomers honoring National Astronomy Day and International Dark Sky Week.
The weekend concludes with a spring migration bird-watching session with Joe Giunta on Sunday at 8 a.m., followed by a nature walk from SoFo to Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor starting at 11 a.m., and a screening of “Racing Extinction” at 5 p.m.
The South Fork Natural History Museum is located at 377 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike in Bridgehampton. For more information, please visit sofo.org.