Header photo: John Boyd Thacher State Park 

For over 50 years, Earth Day has served as an opportunity to demonstrate support for environmental protection. This year, Earth Day falls on Monday, April 22. Organizations throughout Albany County are hosting celebrations, clean ups, and special events all weekend leading up to the day. Scroll on for details on upcoming clean ups and special events celebrating Mother Nature this April in Albany County. 

Earth Day Volunteering with the Pine Bush Preserve

Saturday, April 20
Albany Pine Bush Preserve from 9 AM to 11:30 AM

Help keep the county clean and join the Pine Bush for some Earth Day, roadside cleaning! Volunteers will meet at the Pine Bush Discovery Center and drive or carpool to Yonder Farms to collect litter along Albany Street. As the event takes place along a busy road it is open to adults only. 

Ten Broeck Mansion gardens

Ten Broeck Mansion Gardening & Community Days

Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20
Ten Broeck Mansion from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Give back to the Earth during one of Ten Broeck Mansion's Gardening & Community Days. Hosted the first and third Friday and Saturday of each month, help keep the gardens lovely and tidy. Friday sessions focus on light gardening while Saturday sessions focus on grounds and trash pick-up. Can't make it this weekend? Gardening & Community Days will be hosted through November! 

Earth Day Clean-Up

Saturday, April 20
Downtown Albany from 10 AM to 2 PM

Live in downtown Albany? Meet your neighbors and join the Downtown Albany BID on Saturday, April 20 for an Earth Day Neighborhood Clean Up! Help tidy up downtown Albany's parks, sidewalks. streets and public spaces in time for the beautiful weather this spring. Clean-up supplies including garbage bags, lawn bags, gloves, trash pickers and more will be provided at the Olde English Downtown Dog Park and at the intersection of Madison Ave & Pearl St. Register in advance to receive a free Great Albany Clean Up T-Shirt! 

Honest Weight Food Co-Op

Celebrate Earth Day with the Honest Weight Food Co-Op

Join the Honest Weight Food Co-Op this weekend for a series of ways to give back to planet Earth! The Co-Op is looking for volunteers for their E-Waste Recycling Drive on Saturday, April 20 from 9:45 AM to 3:15 PM. Tasks include directing traffic, lifting, moving, and sorting electronics. Or help out by stopping by between 10 AM and 3 PM with any electronics you'd like to recycle. Acceptable items include cameras, computers, copiers and more. 

Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to join the Co-Op for Kids Gardening & Nature Club on Sunday, April 21. Kids can learn about gardening through hands-on activities and a nature-inspired lesson. Not able to make this one? The Co-Op hosts this event on the third Sunday of each month!

Visit the Honest Weight Food Co-Op's webpage on Celebrating Earth Month for more ways to contribute to healthy and clean environment! 

Earth Day Bittersweet Cutting Event

Saturday, April 20
Huyck Preserve from 10 AM to 12 PM

Help keep the forests of the Huyck Preserve healthy by joining organizers for a Bittersweet Cutting Event. The Asiatic bittersweet vine is an invasive plant that invades forests, wrapping tightly around trees and shading native plants. Help remove the vines around Huyck Preseve this Earth Day! Work gloves and loppers are available to borrow, but be sure to bring your own if possible! 

Spring Neighborhood Clean-up

Saturday, April 20
Ten Broeck Triangle from 11 AM to 3 PM

Join the Albany Barn for this Spring clean-up around the Ten Broeck Triangle! Meet at the St Jospehs Park Lower Entrance. Cleanup tools and gloves will be provided. 

Drop-in Earth Day Scavenger Hunt

Sunday, April 21
Pick up Scavenger Hunt from the Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center between 9 AM and 3 PM

Wander this unique nature gem and discover the sights, creatures, and wildlife that live there with an Earth Day scavenger hunt. Thacher Park is a natural wonder in Albany County situated along the Helderberg Escarpment, one of the richest fossil-bearing formations in the world. A visit to Thacher Park is a wonderful way to celebrate all that Mother Nature has to offer. Explore the trails and complete the scavenger hunt to win a prize! 

Nine Pin Warehouse District Clean Up 2024

Sunday, April 21
10 AM to 1 PM

Nine Pin Cider's annual Warehouse District Clean Up returns on Sunday, April 21. The day kicks off in front of the tasting room at 10 AM. Pick up gear, provided by the City of Albany Department of General Services, and break into teams to clean up North Albany's Warehouse District. At 1 PM, volunteers are invited back to Nine Pin's tasting room for complimentary cider until 3 PM. 

Earth Day Workday

Sunday, April 21
Bender Melon Farm Preserve from 1 PM to 3 PM

Join the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservatory for their annual workday in celebration of Earth Day! The clean-up will be hosted at the Bender Melon Farm Preserve where volunteers can help expand the public access trail system, collect litter, and enjoy a beautiful spring day. Register today to get involved with this opportunity to help keep the beautiful preserve comprised of forest, fields, and wetlands clean.