The Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns is partnering with The Poughkeepsie Earth Day Committee to host a series of free public events celebrating Earth Day throughout April

The Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns and the Poughkeepsie Earth Day Committee are hosting a series of free, public events during the month of April to celebrate Earth Day. Offerings include nature walks, film screening and clean-up efforts.

“Earth Day is about more than just one day a year,” says Jen Rubbo, manager of the Environmental Cooperative. “These events help us celebrate the nature that’s all around us as well as raise awareness of the challenges facing the environment. We are excited to be collaborating with many other City of Poughkeepsie groups to create a series of events that give people of all ages a way to participate in Earth Day.”

 Poughkeepsie's April 16th Earth Day will be a celebration of the city's ecosystem--its communities, diversity and biodiversity. “There's been tremendous enthusiasm and support for Earth Day activities, ranging from the Mayor's office to a wide spectrum of businesses, organizations and individuals. We’re hoping all residents will come join the celebration” says Laurie Sandow, lead organizer for the event. The April 16th event will take place on Main St. between Market and Academy Sts., and also at the Public Safety Building on Main between Clinton and Cherry Sts. It will coincide, as well, with the Queen City Arts weekend. Festivities include street puppets, a vintage bike sale and bike rodeo, hands-on workshops and a walking tour of public art in Poughkeepsie.  For a complete listing of city-wide events or to get involved contact Laurie Sandow, at and follow the event on Facebook at:

For more information and updates about events sponsored by the Environmental Cooperative contact (845) 437-7435.

The Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns Events:

Spring Walk- Land History and Forest Health
Thursday, April 7, 2016

3:00 - 4:30pm
Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve
The Environmental Cooperative invites you to join us for a Spring Walk on the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve. Led by our Student Conservation Association (SCA) Intern, Shawn Ganz, this walk will explore the Land History of the Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve as well as discuss the impacts of land use history on current and future forest tree health.

Screening: Seeds of Time with the Poughkeepsie Farm Project
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Vassar College, Taylor Hall, room 203

Vassar Campus Clean-Up
Saturday, April 9, 2016
1:00 to 3:00pm
Vassar Sunset Lake
Help clean up the area near Sunset Lake. Led by student Volunteer Coordinator, Charles Hooghkirk.

Screening: Trees in Trouble
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Vassar College Rockefeller Hall, room 200
Trees in Trouble tells the story of America's urban and community forests: their history, their growing importance to our health, economy and environment--and the serious threats they now face. Through stories of everyday people on the frontlines of change, the film will show how community-wide efforts can save and protect our urban forests for future generations.

Save Our Trees –Invasive Vine Species Removal
Friday, April 15, 2016

1:00 to 4:00pm

Vassar Farm and Ecological Preserve
Invasive vine species such as Oriental Bittersweet and Porcelain Berry are vine species that can kill trees by wrapping around the trunk and “strangling” trees or by weighing tree canopies down until trees fall over. Join the Environmental Cooperative as we decide to stop Invasive Vines from harming our trees by managing vines in areas where they grow most abundantly.


Main Street/Fall Kill Clean Up
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Murphy Park, 517 Main Street, Poughkeepsie
Join the Environmental Cooperative, the Middle Main Initiative, and United Way to clean Main Street and parts of the Fall Kill. After, stay for the Poughkeepsie Earth Day celebration.

About The Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns
The Environmental Cooperative at the Vassar Barns is an outreach initiative by Vassar College working to expand and coordinate conservation initiatives throughout the Hudson Valley by supporting current efforts and developing new programs to inspire further engagement in environmental issues by the college, community and region.   

Vassar College strives to make its events, performances, and facilities accessible to all. Individuals with disabilities requiring special accommodations must contact the Office of Campus Activities at least 48 hours in advance of an event, Mondays-Fridays, at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space/and or assistance may not be available. For detailed information about accessibility to specific campus facilities, search for “campus accessibility information” on the Vassar homepage (

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Posted by Office of Communications Friday, March 18, 2016