BAR HARBOR — A community gathering to celebrate the 43rd annual Earth Day is set for the grounds of College of the Atlantic on Saturday, April 26.
The student-run event joins forces this year with Acadia National Park’s Junior Ranger Day, ensuring a fun- and activity-filled day for the whole family.
“Every day is Earth Day, so let’s get together and celebrate our mother,” said coordinator Lilyanna Sollberger.
An electric Ford Focus from Darling’s Ford, will be available for test rides. Graduating student Alex Pine will lead discussions and demonstrations with the vehicle.
COA president Darron Collins will lead a bicycle ride around the Park Loop Road, starting at noon. The Bicycle Coalition of Maine will hold a biking safety and confidence workshop at 10:45 a.m.
Hans Albee of ReVision Energy will speak about solar system design at 11 a.m. At 12:15 p.m., Kristina Egan of Envision Maine will talk on “Moving towards climate friendly transportation.” At 2 p.m., Tom Gocze of American Solartechnics shares his expertise.
Two nature excursions are scheduled. At 10 a.m., faculty member Nishanta Rajakaruna will lead a trip to Wonderland to include walking, talking and eating wild plants. Faculty member Sarah Hall follows at 2:30 p.m. with a jaunt down to COA’s beach to explore rocks. Space is limited.
Two yoga sessions are scheduled during Earth Day. At 1 p.m., Mahan Deva Singh will lead a Kundalini yoga and meditation workshop. At 2:30 p.m., Heather Murray leads an Earth and Water Yoga class.
The COA campus opens at 10 a.m. for Earth Day. Activities begin at 10:45 a.m., with “New sing-a-longs for an old planet,” with COA faculty member Gray Cox. More music is set for noon, with the Golden Oaks Band.
Junior Ranger activities will include hikes on the Duck Brook Connector Trail, stump the ranger sessions, prize drawings, rock cairn building, map reading and learning about the leave no trace philosophy.
Vendors such as Mount Desert Ice Cream and Milk and Honey foods will offer food and drink. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.