When United States Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day on April 22, 1970 in support of environmental issues education, he couldn’t have fathomed what it’s become.
Celebrated in more than 193 countries, Earth Day is more than an excuse for nature lovers to unite. It serves as a global prompt to value the environment, to care for it and continue learning, according to the South Fork Natural History Museum, which will host free Earth Day festivities on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Bridgehampton.
“Earth Day should be a part of our everyday experience, but it is good to have a special reminder that all life on Earth is interdependent and all our actions in relation to the Earth have consequences,” Carol Crasson, South Fork Natural History Museum’s director of education and communications, said in a statement. “This is a day to ponder our place on the Earth, as well as to have fun outdoors, surrounded by the wonders of nature.”
Starting at 10 a.m., April Boitano will lead a lesson about tick safety; Sabrina McManus will discuss her Endangered Species Awarness Project; artist Virva Hinnemo will demonstrate the art of recycled materials; and Melanie Meade will create giant soap bubbles. Save some time to swing by Long Island Power Solutions’ set-up in the museum parking lot, featuring a solar house and car.
At 10:30 a.m., Frank Quevedo will lead a nature walk, followed by open museum tours with SoFo educators from 12 to 1 p.m. Michele Mott will then lead another workshop on the art of recycled materials; Dell Cullum will discuss his book, “The Wild Adventures of Scurry the Squirrel;” Fun4UFaces will create nature-themed, face-painting masterpieces; and Miles Todaro will reveal “Secrets of the Pond.”
Museum admission and all activities are free, except “Jungle Bob’s Live Animal Bonanza!” kicking off at 3 p.m. with an up-close introduction to reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. Admission is $15 and $10 for children, or $10 and $5 for members.
For more information, call (631) 537-9735 or visit sofo.org.