Maine organizations celebrate Earth Day

FALMOUTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Spring is in the air and organizations around Maine are celebrating Earth Day after a long winter.

The Maine Audubon Society is celebrating Earth Day with various activities, including a film at the Gilsland Farm location. The Earth Day movie is part of the Maine Outdoor Film festival and there are several short films, all outdoor based. The Audubon in Holden is having an outdoor potluck to celebrate the day. On Saturday, the Audubon is having an Earth Day Clean Up at the Scarborough Marsh.

"This is a great day to recognize your conversation organization and renew your memberships," said Eric Topper, the Maine Audubon education director.

The Audubon is hosting several day camps during school vacation week and on Earth Day the campers are making crafts out of recycleable materials. Topper said it's an easy activity anybody can do at home with their children.

Many groups around Maine are having clean up days. Downeast Horizons and Bangor Parks and Recreation has their annual Earth Day Cleanup at Williams Playground Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.The Maine Clean Up is having its seventh annual Hermon-Bangor community cleanup Saturday. The group provides gloves, bags, safety vests, coffee, donuts and water.

For those wanting to support environmental education, there is a race Saturday to raise awareness of water pollution and raise money for clean water education in local schools. The Great Urban Runoff starts at Deering High School in Portland and is a 5k.

The first Earth Day was in 1970. More than a billion people around the world will celebrate Earth Day, according to National Geographic.


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