Earth Day Celebration Features Family-Friendly Activities

The Town of Fairfield’s annual Earth Day celebration is more than just one day!  It kicks off with a community clean-up and free, informative workshops on composting and recycling on Friday, April 22. On Saturday, April 30, enjoy a morning of fun, family-friendly activities designed to get kids and adults alike inspired and energized about protecting our environment.

“Sustainability & Composting”

Learn how to turn your food scraps into garden black gold!  Mary Hogue & Dan Martens, UConn Master Composters, will share nature’s decomposition story and explain how to do the same in your backyard. When you remove household food scraps from your garbage, you reduce odors in your refuse bin and cut garbage weight by more than 20%.  The compost you can create from the scraps plus plant debris and fallen leaves returns valuable nutrients to the soil, improves the quality of your garden and lawn by improving soil aeration, controls weeds, and reduces the need to water.  As an added benefit, composting is fun!  Lunch catered by Herbaceous Catering can be pre-ordered for $20, upon registration.  Beverages are included.  This event is held in conjunction with the Pequot Library Climate Summit 2022.

You can register for the free compost workshop here.

Friday, April 22, 12 noon, Jennings Beach

Earth Day Community Clean-Up

Fairfield Parks & Recreation invites Town residents to join a community clean-up at Jennings Beach; if you can’t get to the beach, Parks & Rec invites you to instead help keep Fairfield cleaner and greener by joining a clean-up effort at your favorite neighborhood park.

Details are here.

Friday, April 22, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm, Pequot Library, 720 Pequot Ave. (Southport)  

Earth Day Presentation: “What’s In, What’s Out”

Join Misty Beyer to learn more about the basics of recycling and how to know for sure what should – and shouldn’t — go into your recycling bin.  Misty received a 2010 Hummingbird Award from the Fairfield Organic Teaching Farm and has served on the Fairfield Forestry Committee.  This event is held in conjunction with the Pequot Library Climate Summit 2022.

You can register for the free recycling workshop here.

Saturday, April 23, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, Veteran’s Park, 909 Reef Road  

Mattress Dropoff/Recycling  Event

Not sure what to do with that old mattress or box spring?  Plan on bringing it to this free recycling event.  Seventy-five percent or more of a mattress’ components can be recycled into many other useful products.

Details are available here.

Saturday, April 30, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Fairfield YMCA, 841 Old Post Road

Healthy Kids Day/Fairfield’s Earth Day Celebration

Join families and children of all ages to celebrate Earth Day and get our kids moving, learning and adopting healthy habits.  The event will feature plant and seed giveaways, plus information on composting, invasive plant and pest control, the Pollinator Pathway program, energy efficiency, and fire safety; a display of electric vehicles; hands-on science activities for kids, and so much more!

The event is free with no registration required.

Sunday, May 1, 9 am – 12 noon, Jennings Beach Parking Lot

2022 Bike Rodeo

There aren’t many ways to get around that are “greener” than biking!  Presented by the Fairfield Police Athletic League (PAL), Town of Fairfield Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee and local Cub Scout packs, this event is designed to educate local youth on the basics of bicycle and road safety.  It will feature a training course with areas to learn proper riding techniques, helmet fitting and inspection, and equipment repairs.  Kids will receive bike safety education materials, reflectors, and other safety equipment. Helmets will be inspected to ensure a proper fit; if needed, riders will be given new helmets free of charge. 

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About the Sustainable Fairfield Task Force:  The SFTF provides support for Town practices and projects that can help Fairfield manage its growth to safeguard the health of its environment, ensure the reliability and economical use of its natural resources, and preserve the quality of life of its residents – today and for the future.  For more information, please visit Sustainable