Earth Day will be celebrated in force on the East End this year beginning on April 22, and continuing through the weekend with a pent-up schedule of in-person events after two years of muted celebration.

Celebrate at SoFo

On Friday, April 22, the South Fork Natural History Museum will hold its annual Earth Day Open House & Celebration from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with exhibits all about birds, presentations from the museum’s Young Environmentalists Society and the Spanish language after-school program “Ciencia (Science).”

 The Eastern Long Island Audubon Society, bird carvers and photographers and SoFo Young Birders Club advisor and artist Barbara Blaisdell will be on-hand for environmental and artistic presentations, nature walks and book displays, along with live raptors, up close & personal, in collaboration with the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. The museum is located at 377 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, and can be reached at 631.537.9735. For more information, visit

Docs Equinox

Hamptons Doc Fest presents “Docs Equinox,” a weekend-long program of films to celebrate Earth Day and the Vernal Equinox at Southampton Arts Center and at the Sag Harbor Cinema . The weekend begins Thursday, April 21 at 6 p.m. with the film “Aquarela at the Sag Harbor Cinema, followed Friday by “Bring Your Own Brigade” about the devastating 2018 wildfires in Malibu and Paradise, California and what can be done to mitigate the catastrophic destruction of future wildfires. On Saturday, April 23 at 2 p.m., the festival continues with “The Velvet Queen,” about the journey of wildlife photographer Vincent Munier and writer Sylvain Tesson on a mission to catch a glimpse of the rare Tibetan snow leopard. A live discussion will follow, with ecologist Carl Safina.  “River,” a bird’s eye view of our most precious resource as seen in 39 countries spanning six continents around the globe,  will be shown on Sunday, April 24 at 3 p.m. Here’s our full story.

Quogue Wildlife Refuge volunteer Donna Hepworth gets into the spirit
Quogue Wildlife Refuge volunteer Donna Hepworth gets into the spirit.

Afternoon at the Refuge

The Quogue Wildlife Refuge hosts its annual Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 23 from noon to 3 p.m. The day will include guided birding walks by Audubon, live animal presentations, crafts, environmental exhibitors, and self-guided kayaking and canoeing on the Old Ice Pond. No reservations necessary are necessary for this rain or shine event. Here’s more info.

Mattituck Beach Clean-Up

Group for the East End, the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society and the Mattituck Park District are hosting an Earth Day Beach Clean-Up on Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to noon at Breakwater Beach (at the end of Breakwater Road) in Mattituck. Bags and pickers will be provided, and the organizers urge attendees to bring gloves. The clean-up will be held rain or shine.

At the Starting Line of the North Fork Environmental Council’s Third Annual Earth Day 5K
At the Starting Line of the North Fork Environmental Council’s Third Annual Earth Day 5K

Earth Day 5K & Repair Café

The North Fork Environmental Council’s Earth Day 5K Race and Walk will be held Sunday, April 24 at 10 a.m. at Indian Island County Park. In-person registration begins at 9 a.m., or go to

The NFEC also holds its first-ever Repair Café at Greenport’s Floyd Memorial Library on Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Here are more details.

Recycled Art

Group for the East End will host a recycled materials sculpture creation event at Downs Farm Preserve, 23800 Main Road in Cutchogue on Sunday, April 24 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Young artists will be able to choose items from a big collection of recycled materials to create their own unique sculptures on a piece of cardboard. They will have a central location where the materials will be set out with seating available, but attendees can bring a blanket to spread out anywhere on the property while they create. This project is recommended for ages one and up, with varying amounts of assistance needed. To register, contact Taralynn Reynolds at

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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