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13 Ways to Celebrate Earth Week Throughout Newport & Bristol Counties

April 17, 2017
by Brittany Lauro

"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better." 

 

In a place where natural beauty is abundant at every turn, we can't help but cherish the bounty of our planet. This Earth Day, you bet we're celebrating Mother Nature with special events and things to do all throughout town. 

 

 

EARTH DAY OUTDOOR FILM

When: Thursday, April 20
Where: Bellevue House - Ronald Lee Fleming's historic house & gardens | 304 Bellevue Avenue, Newport
Time

  • 6:00 PM: Venue opens for picnicking & strolling the magnificent gardens. Food Vendors & cash bar open,
  • 6:30 PM: Pre-film live music featuring Bill Bartholomew 
  • 7:45 PM: Film, followed by Q&A

Admission: Free 

About the Film: Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.

Details

  • Food vendors: Boru Noodle Bar, Free Popcorn
  • Cash Bar: Wine, Beer, & specialty cocktails by "The Cocktail Guru" Jonathan Pogash
  • BYO picnic, blankets & chairs
  • Bring warm blankets, jackets, sleeping bags, etc to stay warm & cozy during the film as temperature could be chilly
  • Street parking available
  • Inclement Weather Venue: Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody Street, Newport

 

 

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CHARLIE & THE BUCKET TRUCK KIDS EVENT

When: Friday, April 21
Where: Miantonomi Park
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Admission: Free
Details: Kids will have the chance to meet Charlie Ridolph, Newport’s very own City Forester and Chris Rooney, National Grid’s Lead Forester and their bucket trucks. They'll enjoy a tree climbing demo, bucket truck photos, a kid's tree walk, giveaways and more.

 

 

FIRST LIGHT NIGHT

When: Friday, April 21
Where: Elks Lodge, 141 Pelham Street
Time: 6:00 - 9:30 PM
Admission: Free
Details: Join Newport Arboretum and friends for the first night of the Lighting of the Trees and opening night of the Art of the Arbor art exhibit curated by Newport Art House. Lighting of the Tree ceremony began last year as a citywide campaign where trees across town are lit by property owners to raise awareness about the current peril facing the aging Gilded Age forest throughout Newport and the great debt we owe to our legendary tree canopy. Enjoy cash bar, music, and more. Food by Binge BBQ and Boru Noodle Bar.

 

 

BUILD YOUR OWN TERRARIUM 

When: Friday, April 21
Where: Hope & Main, 691 Main Street, Warren
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Admission: $25 per person
Details: Farmer Doug of Freedom Food Farm will cover the basics of how to build your very own herb terrarium (and keep it alive). 

What you need to bring with you:

  • An 8-12 inch terrarium container or repurpose a container from home
  • Any decorative items you'd like to feature in your habitat (ex. shells, figurines, or mementos)  

What's Included:

  • Organic potting materials
  • 1 basil plant starter plus a variety of other herb starters

Register.

 

AQUIDNECK ISLAND TRASH SKIMMERS

When: Friday, April 21
Where: Perrotti Park
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 AM
Admission: Free
Details: Join Clean Ocean Access, City of Newport and 11th Hour Racing for the launch of the second season of Newport Harbor Trash Skimmers. The skimmers are a highly effective method for improving the health of Newport Harbor, the sailing capital of the world, a body of water that is used by thousands of residents and a community that is visited by an estimated 3.5 million visitors per year. The goal of the project is to reduce the amount of marine debris in the Newport harbor, increase the recreational value of the waterfront, bring awareness to the types of re-accumulating debris, and promote environmental stewardship. Details.

 

 

MOTHER NATURE'S TUNES N' TALES

When: Friday, April 21
Where: Newport Public Library 
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Admission: Free
Details: Sing, dance and play along as Mother Nature welcomes the blooming of her daffodils throughout Newport. This program is especially suited for children 3-6 and their families. Details.

 

 

ROSE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE EARTH DAY CLEAN UP

When: Saturday, April 22
Where: RoseIsland Lighthouse
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Admission: Free
Details: Celebrate Earth Day with panoramic ocean views on Rose Island during their Earth Day Clean Up The boat departs from Fort Adams Park at 10:00 AM for painting, cleaning and landscaping and returns at 3:30 PM. Bring your lunch and enjoy a beautiful day on Rose Island. Details.

 

 

EARTH DAY CLEAN UP

When: Saturday, April 22
WhereBallard Park
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
Details: Friends of Ballard Park is celebrating Earth Day with a clean-up of Newport’s Only Nature Preserve. At 9:00 AM volunteers are invited to give Ballard Park a spring cleaning. Volunteers will pick up litter, paint gates and signs and trim trails. In the event of inclement weather, the Earth Day Celebration will be held on Sunday, April 23rd at 9:00 AM. Details.

 

 

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SIGHTS & SOUNDS OF SPRING

When: Sunday, April 23
Where: Norman Bird Sanctuary
Time: 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Admission: $8 members, $10 non-members 
Details: From fragrant Spicebush to exuberant bird songs, spring is filled with new sights, sounds and smells in the forests and thickets at NBS. Experience the crisp air and new green shoots on this naturalist-guided walk in search of the freshest signs of spring.

 

CELEBRATE TREES: CHILDREN'S EVENT 

When: Sunday, April 23
Where: Newport Public Library
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Admission: Free
Details: Celebrate Earth Day and trees at the Newport Public Library during Newport Arboretum Week with a tree walk in Aquidneck Park led by Newport’s Tree Warden, Scott Wheeler, and Woodsy the Owl, followed by a tree storytime and craft. Light refreshments will be served. No registration required. Held in Aquidneck Park & the lower level program room.

 

 

TOURS TO GET YOU OUTDOORS

 

SPRING WINNERS WALK & TALK

When: Saturday, April 22
Where: Green Animals Topiary Garden
Time: 10:00 AM
Admission: $10
Details: Join Green Animals chief horticulturist Dan Christina on a tour of the garden, followed by a lecture and slideshow on the best floral varieties to provide early color in your garden. Space is limited.  

 

 

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EARTH DAY TOUR

When: Saturday, April 22
WhereBallard Park
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Admission: Free
Details: Enjoy a free tour of Ballard Park while celebrating Earth Day. Staff from Friends of Ballard Park will share information about the site’s history and its unique features which include a vernal pond, quarry meadow and woodland forest as we walk a little over one mile of trail. Details.

 

 

NEWPORT SEAL TOUR

When: Daily
Where: Tour departs Bowen's Ferry Landing
Time: Times vary
Admission: $22 non-members; $17 members, seniors & children ages 3-12
Details: Embark on a one hour tour aboard Save the Bay's education vessel. You'll cruise through historic Newport Harbor and take in 360 degree views of seals resting on Citing Rock off of Rose Island and the Newport Bridge. Details.

 

 

RAIL EXPLORERS PEDAL-POWERED RAIL TOUR

When: Thursdays - Sundays
Where: Melville in Portsmouth 
Time: Times vary
Admission: $75 per couple
Details: Rail Explorers offers an unforgettable scenic ride along historic Aquidneck Island and spectacular Narragansett Bay on custom built pedal-powered vehicles. The eco-friendly business is all about rail bikes and aims to provide an amazing journey using existing railroad tracks. Details.

 

Author: Brittany Lauro

Brittany Lauro is the Social Media Manager at Discover Newport. When she is not blogging, Tweeting or Instagramming about the City by the Sea, she can most likely be found on the Cliff Walk with her dog, Dusty, or enjoying a glass of Chardonnay on one of Newport’s rooftop decks or sprawling seaside lawns. Her passions include writing, DIY and baking (to her roommates’ dismay).

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