Earth Day: From Roots to Results
A series of presentations on the history of earth day, land management and sustainability practices. Learn how land use ideas changed and how Billings Farm’s founder continues to inspire sustainable practices today. [Note: these presentations are best viewed on a desktop using a Chrome browser.]
50th Anniversary of Earth Day
April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Check out this presentation for ideas on how you can help protect our earth.
This year’s theme is Climate Action and there are so many ways you can participate. Learn more about what you can do to help save our earth. View the list of 50 things you can do here.
Celebrate Earth Day with Crafts! What better way to celebrate this special day than by doing some crafts using recycled materials. Simple household items such as toilet paper rolls, newspaper, cans, bottles, and bubble wrap become great works of art. Have fun creating puppets from toilet paper rolls and put on a show!
History of Earth Day
Watch this presentation and see how Rachel Carson’s book A Silent Spring, influenced the Earth Day movement.
The History of Earth Day – The first Earth Day happened on April 22, 1970 when more than 20 million Americans came together to spread the word about protecting our planet. It was a pivotal moment in American history and was the largest gathering in the United States at the time. Read more about it here.
Birdfeeder Craft – You can make all kinds of birdfeeders from recycled materials like cardboard milk jugs, soda bottles, and cans! Here’s a fun craft to make at home and you’ll get to watch the birds coming to your feeder to eat! Download the instructions here.
Learn about the deforestation of the Vermont landscape.
Vermont’s Deforestation History – Merino sheep farming was booming in the state in the mid-1800s. Learn more about the devastating effect sheep farming had on the Vermont landscape. And find information here on our native tree species and their indentifiers.
Why is land management so important?
Land Management and Agritourism – Find more information about land management and agritourism and learn how Billings Farm provides its visitors with opportunities to experience farm work and connect with working landscapes.
Learn about Vermont’s native pollinators.
Native Pollinators – Pollinators are responsible for almost all the food we eat. Learn about the importance of pollinators and how we can protect them.
Watch this presentation to see different ways to compost.
Find more information here on composting with animals.