BAR HARBOR — Though Earth Day is on April 22, College of the Atlantic will celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 28, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The free, family-friendly event includes a puppet show, face painting, a bike workshop, a free picnic lunch, an open mic and various other activities and vendors.
The celebration will start right after the annual roadside cleanup organized by Friends of Acadia in celebration of Earth Day. The event is being orchestrated by the Campus Committee for Sustainability, a student-led organization at COA.
“Being an activist for earth isn’t just for public figures,” said committee co-chairman Rebekah Heikkila ’17. “We welcome families to come and learn more ways that they can be a practical activist in their community this Earth Day and everyday.”
The puppet show, “Large Marge’s Garbage Barge,” will be presented by the Funky Trunk Puppeteers. The show tells the story of a community working to bring a zero-waste framework to their lives. It is a family-friendly show with a message of inspiring change in people to solve garbage problems around the world.
Students will be using COA’s electric car to offer short trips for those who want to experience riding in one. Additionally, several community members will have their personal electric cars on display and will offer perspectives on the increasing diversity of these vehicles. This workshop hopes to demonstrate the viability of electric vehicles in this part of Maine.
A planting workshop to help rehabilitate COA’s sunken garden also will take place during the event. Interested participants are encouraged to come with comfortable clothing that they don’t mind getting a little dirty.
Other activities include a bike maintenance workshop where visitors can learn the basics of bike repair and have an opportunity to get their own bike fixed up.
All guests are invited to join the day’s open mic music program.
“This event will bring everyone together,” said Junesoo Shin ‘20, a member of the Campus Committee for Sustainability. “We hope to see families, students, teachers, parents and community members join us to share, learn and celebrate.”