Greenbelt, Essex County’s Land Trust and Community Earth Day

April 23, 2014

For the first time ever, Essex County Greenbelt is hosting an Earth Day festival in collaboration with numerous community non-profit organizations. Join the fun at the Cox Reservation headquarters in Essex on Sunday, April 27, from 10 am-2 pm. This free event will celebrate the environment, and build connections to our natural world by offering family-friendly activities. The event will also showcase local non-profit organizations that share a commitment to building an environmentally sustainable community.

Dave Rimmer, Greenbelt’ s Osprey Program director, will help kick off the day by introducing families to Allyn and Ethel, our resident Osprey pair who recently returned to their Cox nesting platform following their winter migration. They’ve already produced one egg in their nest. Throughout the day, families can use a spotting scope and binoculars to observe their nesting activity, and we’ll tune into Greenbelt’s on-line OspreyCam to see them up close.


For those interested in a more energetic activity, Greenbelt will lead an invasive species identification and removal excursion on the property. Participants are welcome to dig in and get dirty. Old clothes, boots, and hand tools are encouraged.

Participating non-profit community partners will offer hands-on activities for the whole family…even your dog! Cape Ann Animal Aid of Gloucester will demonstrate the fun of recycling by helping kids make sustainable chew toys for Fido. Bring an empty plastic water bottle and fleece scraps as materials. They’ll also be bringing some adoptable pups to meet.

Founded in 1972 as a direct result of Earth Day, Toad Hall Bookstore of Rockport gives 100% of its profits to environmental projects. Toad Hall will offer an all-day book swap. Drop off your old books, and take some new ones for free. You can even sign up to join the Green Toad Book Club, a monthly venture co-sponsored by the Book Store and Greenbelt.