BUCKS COUNTY >> After a long, cold and snowy winter, spring is finally here. And it’s bringing with it a bunch of Earth Day activities. So get out there and enjoy being outside:
Creek Cleanup in Newtown
Newtown >> The Newtown Creek Coalition, in coordination with the Great American Clean-Up of Pennsylvania, is sponsoring a Newtown Creek clean-up event on Saturday morning, April 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers are encouraged to participate in this community activity, which is held annually to preserve and protect one of Newtown's natural resources. Please remember to wear work clothes and sturdy shoes or boots. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. This clean-up event will focus on the area of Newtown Creek near the Jefferson Street Bridge. Volunteers will meet in the parking lot at 156 N. State Street (Mom Mom's Pizza). For more information about the Newtown Creek Coalition, visit www.newtowncreekcoalition.org
Lake Afton boat rides in Yardley
Yardley Borough >> The Friends of Lake Afton will hold boat rides to benefit the ongoing maintenance of the picturesque lake on Saturday, April 21 and June 9 from 12 to 4 p.m. For $5, participants can take a boat ride around the lake, passing by ducks, turtles and fish as well as the giant inflatable rubber duckies. Looking ahead, the lake’s annual Clean Up Day takes place on Saturday, May 5 from 8 a.m. to noon. Community groups, local Scouts, families and individuals are encouraged to help with general yard work in and the Old Library and along the lake shore.
Nature center cleanup in Northampton
Northampton >> The Churchville Nature Center is holding its inner coastal water way clean up on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers will be focusing on the three-mile Preserve Reservoir, picking up trash and recording the types and amount of debris collected. These items will then be weighed and the information gathered will be analyzed. This information is used to educate the public, industry and government about the problems and to foster long-lasting solutions. Debris and litter is more than an eyesore; these items are dangerous to both humans and wildlife. Scientist estimate that more than one million birds die each year as a result of entanglement or ingestion of litter and debris. On Earth Day this year, the center encourages everyone to become better stewards of the Earth by becoming part of the solution to litter and debris. For moreinformation and to register, call Diane V. Sears at 215-357-4005 ext. 5038 or e-mail email@example.com. For information on other programs offered, check our website:www.churchvillenaturecenter.org
Cleanup and concert at Silver Lake
Bristol >> An Earth Day Work Day will be held Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Road, Bristol. Celebrate the Earth by helping to clean her up. Bring a refillable water bottle and “dress for mess” including closed toe shoes. Give the center four hours and lunch will be provided. The cleanup takes place rain or shine. Call 215-785-1177 to volunteer. The Earth Day fun continues in the evening with a concert by singer, songwriter, musician and Nashville recording artist Chris West from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The concert will be held inside the Visitors’ Building. The cost is $12 person in advance (by 5 p.m. on April 20) or $15 at the door. Doors to the Visitors’ Building will open at 7 p.m. Ticket prices apply to all ages. No refunds/exchanges. Proceeds will benefit Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center. For information, call 215-785-1177.
Earth Day celebration at Core Creek Park
Middletown >> An Earth Day Celebration will be held Saturday, April 28 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Core Creek Park in Middletown Township. Highlighting the day will be live entertainment by Cool Beans, Nothing But a Nightmare and the Magical Mr. Kazoo; free giveways with local businesses demonstrating sustainable and eco-friendly practices and much more; a tree sapling giveaway sponsored by Brightview Group; Mad Science with an interactive slime making booth for children; FUN FIELDZ with soccer games, drills and challenges; free recycling bin giveaway with 18 gallon recycling bins available for all attendees to take home; and Mr. D’s Nomadic Kitchen will be selling food and drink. The event is sponsored by Middletown Township, Falls Township, Hulmeville Borough, Upper Makefield Township, Lower Makefield Township, Newtown Township, Northampton Townhip and the Bucks County Parks and Recreation.