Wednesday April 17, 2013

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. -- The Hoosic River Greenway will host nature walks this Saturday in recognition of Earth Day on April 22. And Hoosick Falls is just one local community priming for the outdoors this weekend.

The available guided walks along the greenway will focus on one of three subjects: Early songbirds, waterfowl, or common early wildflowers, shrubs, and trees. Interested participants should meet at the old water works off Carey Avenue at 9 a.m. The walks are free and open to everyone.

Organizers with the Hoosic River Watershed Association said the plant walk will include an introduction to wild edibles and samples of dishes made from wild edible invasive species. Bring binoculars if you have them -- some hand lenses will be provided for would-be botanists.

In Cambridge, the village is sponsoring an Earth Day celebration in Durrin Park on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees can learn about the importance of protecting the environment and ways of doing just that, hear about local opportunities for outdoor recreation, and recycle old electronics.

Presentations and displays will be available from the Agricultural Stewardship Association, Battenkill Valley Outdoors, Better Bee, e-Green Solar, Hudson Crossing Park, the Sierra Club’s Hudson-Mohawk group, and other organizations and individuals.

Live music will be provided by members of the instrumentalist Hubbard Hall Tune Jam.


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Cambridge Connects will lead children’s crafts and activities. In conjunction with Greenwich Central School’s electronics recycling day, Cambridge Connects has arranged for a truck to collect used electronics including computers, cell phones, and televisions.

Durrin Park is located at the end of Avenue B off South Park Street. Admission is free. For more information about Earth Day in Cambridge, contact Evan Lawrence at (518) 677-5662 or evanlawrence@verizon.net.

For more information about Saturday’s guided walks along the greenway, contact the Hoosic River Watershed Association at 413-458-2742 or office@hooraw.org.

Although predated by earlier iterations, Earth Day on April 22 was founded in 1970 by then-U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin as an environmental teach-in.

-- Zeke Wright