Earth Day 2021 is the 51st year for the event on April 22nd. The last year has been a roller coaster ride for the planet due to the pandemic; some things improved for the environment as human activity slowed for an extended period of time and some things are growing problems like all the extra trash that is being generated with no place to go.  (Really, people...if you are going to use the paper masks at least put them in the trash can...the ground is NOT where they or any trash go.)

In 2021 Maine has some events planned to help remind us how amazing our state is and what nature holds for us. This month, several virtual workshops are happening this month, including one on Earth Day, April 22nd, about vernal pools. You can find out more about ALL of the workshops on the Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife events page. ( Pro Tip: The Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website is a wonderful resource for LOTS of information and resources. )

Environment Maine also has a list of ideas for actives to check out that would be great to do as a family. My favorite was number two on the list; it just asks you to stop for five minutes and observe nature around you and share that on social media with the tag #natureintheneighborhood.  

Last year, with records set at Maine’s state parks and Mainers looking to get out of the house while just about everything was shut down, I feel many people had a real chance to slow down and really appreciate the natural beauty, nature, and environment all around us every day. Hey…not that I think about it; that was kind of a fitting way to make the 50th-anniversary last year in 2020.   

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