The goal of Celebrate Trees! Earth Month Bainbridge Island is to raise awareness of and encourage involvement in Arbor Day and Earth Day events and to inspire everyone to protect our trees, our environment, and our planet all month and throughout the year. Check back for an evolving list of 2022 Earth Month events and activities.

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2022 Upcoming Events

Fam Jam, Saturday, March 26, 10am-2pm – KiDiMu presents hands-on science and art activities, as well as Touch-a-Truck, storytime, food and music. Go here for more details.
Amorous Amphibians Night Hike, Saturday, March 26, 6:30-8:30pm – At IslandWood, participants will learn about native frogs, their calls and habits in an engaging presentation and then head into our frog-filled wetlands at dusk to hunt for breeding frogs, toads, salamanders, newts and their eggs. Best-suited for ages 6 on up. This event is always a sell-out, so hop on it now! Register here.
Explore Bainbridge Activity Book, Saturday, March 26 and on – KiDiMu’s 2nd edition is a Walkable Winslow version filled with guided instructions and directions to take children and their families to different walkable locations in Winslow and, in part, to play eco-detective by identifying native plants, beach creatures, birds, the effect of tides, and more. Go here to pre-order.
Environmental Conference, Sunday, March 27, 12:30-5pm
– “We All Get Dressed: Garb, Gear, and Growing a Sustainable Clothing Economy” at IslandWood. Do a clothing audit. Learn about our local fibershed. What is the psychology of acquisition? What toxins are in our textiles? You have the chance to participate in all these topics and more at the 18th annual environmental conference. Speaker and breakout session information and tickets are here.
Sustainable Clothing Show, April 1-30 – Bainbridge Arts and Crafts hosts a month-long exhibit highlighting sustainable fashion in the form of  completely repurposed textiles, formerly worn items recreated with significant visible mending or refashioning, fibers from our local fibershed (new textiles from local sheep, alpaca, flax, or hemp), fibers sourced within 100 miles from a variety of sources (deadstock, Buy Nothing, thrift stores), fair trade textiles with traceable supply chains, or demonstrably non-toxic dyes and processes used in creating textiles.
Call for Artists, Through May 1 – Submit up to three designs (categories are Mystery Box, Upcycled Ready-to-wear, and Stage-ready Theatrical Wear) for the annual ReFashion Trashion Show, to be held June 12 at IslandWood. Go to the ReFashion Bainbridge application page for details.
Dinner in the Woods*, Saturday, April 2, 6pm – IslandWood’s annual fundraiser for innovative environmental education supports environmental learning experiences and the care they spark for our communities and the planet.  *This event will be hybrid, hosting you either from the Bainbridge campus or online. Go here for more information and to register.
Climate Change Café, Saturday, April 2, 2–4pm – In Huney Hall at the Senior Center. This event is open to anyone in the community who is interested. Neither lecture nor counseling session, the Conversation Cafe offers an opportunity to share your feelings and concerns about complicated or tough topics. Trained facilitators guide the conversation, and everyone has a chance to be heard without interruption or cross talk. Questions? Contact Barbara Ochota.
Student Conservation Corps Work Party for Summer Applicants, Sunday, April 3, 10am-Noon – At Sakai Park, 1560 Madison Ave N. SCoCo members work to control invasive plant species in our island’s parks and protected open spaces, methodically achieving goals outlined in the Park District’s Invasive Plant Management Plan. Deadline for applying for the paid summer sessions is April 22. Applicants must attend the April 3 or April 16 work party. Find all the details here, including required parent authorization form, under “Session Details”.
Invasive Weed Work Party, Wednesday, April 6, 9-11am and 4-6pm – The Bainbridge Island Land Trust will be hosting a work party at the Quitslund Preserve to remove invasive Himalayan blackberry and English ivy. There are two sessions available for volunteers: 9-11am or 4-6pm. Please visit bi-landtrust.org/work-parties to register or email Lexi.
Conservation Work Party, Saturday, April 9, 10am-noon – BI Parks invites you to help remove dispersed invasive species such as ivy and holly at West Port Madison Nature Preserve, 8334 NE County Park Rd, Bainbridge Island, which is tucked away in the quiet West Port Madison neighborhood. This 13-acre preserve is home to diverse flora and fauna, and is a great place for bird watching. Register here for activity #591000.
Red Pine Park Work Party, Tuesday, April 12, 10am-Noon. Red Pine Park is located at 418 Wood Ave SW. BI Parks hosts maintenance work every second Tuesday here on garden beds, a historic fruit orchard, edible perennials, and other historic plantings in this former homestead in the heart of downtown. Email or go here to see about all BI Parks work parties.
Spring Skills of a Naturalist: Birding by Ear, April 14, 9:30-11:30am – At IslandWood, with IslandWood naturalist and docent, Mark Salvadalena. Tuning one’s ear to bird’s songs and vocalizations is a next-level way to identify our feathered friends. However, it can be tricky, as birds make a lot of vocalizations and many are similar to each other.  Mark will teach you how to listen for key features in bird chatter and song to arrive at a proper ID – even without seeing the bird.
Work Party on the STO Sakai Connector Trail, Saturday, April 16, 10am-Noon – Join the BI Parks Foundation in removing English ivy off trees. Bring gloves, tools including pruners, loppers and folding saws and dress for all weather. Don’t forget your water bottle! Please register and sign waiver here.
Student Conservation Corps Work Party for Summer Applicants, Saturday, April 16, 10am-Noon – At Sakai Park, 1560 Madison Ave N. SCoCo members work to control invasive plant species in our island’s parks and protected open spaces, methodically achieving goals outlined in the Park District’s Invasive Plant Management Plan. Deadline for applying for the paid summer sessions is April 22. Applicants must attend the April 3 or April 16 work party. Find all the details here, including required parent authorization form, under “Session Details” .
Lawn Alternatives, Saturday, April 16, 10-11am – Kitsap Master Gardeners (MG) have teamed up with the West Sound Stormwater Outreach Group to present a second year of Natural Yard Care webinars free to the public. Taught by MG Phil Waite, this class describes ways to create a beautiful, healthy landscape by working with nature and without the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.  Go here for more information and to register.
Free Invasive Weed Disposal Day, Sunday, April 17, 10-4pm
– Bainbridge Island Land Trust wants you to bring your INVASIVE WEEDS to the Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station, and Land Trust will cover the disposal costs! Volunteers will be on site to assist with plant identification and disposal. Questions? Go here for details or call (206) 842-1216.
Car Seat Recycling, April 18-30 – Bring in old, expired or damaged car seats to any Target and get 20% off a new car seat, stroller or select baby gear.
Moritani Preserve Work Party, Thursday, April 21, 10am-Noon – The Moritani Preserve is located at 542 Winslow Way W. BI Parks hosts a work party here every third Thursday to help care for the woods and meadows of Moritani Preserve, managing invasive species, maintaining garden beds, and planting native species when the weather is right. Email Morgan Houk with questions. or go here to see about all BI Parks work parties.
Lawn Alternatives, Saturday, April 21, 12-1pm – Kitsap Master Gardeners (MG) have teamed up with the West Sound Stormwater Outreach Group to present a second year of Natural Yard Care webinars free to the public. Taught by MG Phil Waite, this class describes ways to create a beautiful, healthy landscape by working with nature and without the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.  Go here for more information and to register.
Climate Smart Challenge, Thursday, April 21, 6-7pm – The new Climate Smart Challenge identifies key actions you can take that will help our community work towards the goals in COBI’s Climate Action Plan. The Challenge encourages you to think critically about your habits and changes both big and small that you can make to lessen your climate impact, save money and improve your health and the comfort of your home. Learn how the Challenge works, how you can form a team and earn points, and what resources are available to support everyone’s efforts to create a Climate Smart Bainbridge.  Zoom here.
Earth Day Weed Pull, Friday, April 22, 11-1:30pm – Join Weed Warriors and the Parks Foundation at Waterfront Park for a work party to keep the invasives at bay. Bring gloves, tools including pruners, loppers and folding saws and dress for all weather. Don’t forget your water bottle! Please register and sign waiver here.
Earth Day Is For Everyone Panel, Friday, April 22, 11:30am – Ann Lovejoy covers home composting, family friendly planting projects, and backyard wildfire safety. Barbara Ochota and Diane Landry of Zero Waste explain current recycling rules, what really happens to the stuff we toss, and ways to reduce our waste stream.
Shredfest, Saturday, April 23, 9am-4pm – The Kiwanis are hosting their annual shred event at Columbia Bank, 208 High School Rd., to help you recycle your tax and personal information in a safe manner.  The shredded paper will be recycled. (Note: Never put shredded paper into curbside or transfer station recycling because it cannot get “unmixed” from all the other recyclables; at Shredfest, the paper will go directly to a paper recycler.) Donations are gratefully accepted to support the work of the Kiwanis Club of Bainbridge Island. Please follow these Covid-19 safety measures: Bring your materials in paper bags or boxes that you don’t want to keep, and stay in your car. The Kiwanis volunteers will unload for you!
Nature Friendly Gardening for Beginners, Saturday, April 23, 10-11 AM – Kitsap Master Gardeners (MG) have teamed up with the West Sound Stormwater Outreach Group to present a second year of Natural Yard Care webinars free to the public. Taught by MG Robbin Small, this class provides tips on maintaining your yard to protect our beautiful northwest habitat and keep your family healthy. Go here for more information and to register.
Hands-On Earth Day Project, Saturday, April 23, 10am–12:30pm – Help spiff up the Senior Center grounds! We’ll remove overgrown plants, renovate the Center’s back beds, and prep for replanting with hardy, long-blooming pollinator plants. Bring gloves and hand tools (some tools available).
Earth Day Celebration, Sunday, April 24, 10am-1pmCome to Rotary Park at 969 Weaver Road to help BI Parks and the BI Parks Foundation celebrate spring!  At this family-focused event we’ll be planting hundreds of wildflowers, hosting an invasive weed removal work party, dancing to live music, eating local fare and getting creative with nature themed activities hosted by our local island partners. 
After the Blast – Mt. St. Helens 40 Years Later, Sunday, April 24, 2pm – Presented by author and biologist Eric Wagner in the Bainbridge Public Library community meeting room as part of Library U’s Spring 2022 Humanities Speaker Series, co-sponsored with Humanities Washington and the Bainbridge Public Library.  On May 18, 1980, the world watched in awe as Mount St. Helens erupted, killing 57 people and causing hundreds of square miles of destruction. Everyone thought it would take ages for life to return to the mountain, but scientists who visited soon after were stunned to find plants sprouting up through the ash and animals skittering around downed trees. Eric Wagner takes us on a journey through the blast zone, now known as the greatest natural experiment in Pacific Northwest history.
Free Invasive Weed Disposal Day, Sunday, April 24, 10-4pm – Bainbridge Island Land Trust wants you to bring your INVASIVE WEEDS to the Bainbridge Disposal Transfer Station, and Land Trust will cover the disposal costs! Volunteers will be on site to assist with plant identification and disposal. Questions? Go here for details or call (206) 842-1216.
Afternoon on the Trails, Sunday April 24, 12-4pm – IslandWood’s trails will be open for your self-guided exploration. Hike leisurely down the Spine Trail and traverse the ravine on a suspension bridge. Climb the Canopy Tower to get a bird’s-eye view of the land. Meander through hemlock and red-cedar woods and make your way towards Mac’s Pond to scout for ospreys and eagles. Head up the Cemetery Trail and peek in the Mill Worker’s Cabin or head south to explore the more elusive “Lower Loop Trail” full of mossy wonders, maidenhair ferns, and hooty owls.
Nature Friendly Gardening for Beginners, Wednesday, April 27, 6-7pm – Kitsap Master Gardeners (MG) have teamed up with the West Sound Stormwater Outreach Group to present a second year of Natural Yard Care webinars free to the public. Taught by MG Robbin Small, this class provides tips on maintaining your yard to protect our beautiful northwest habitat and keep your family healthy. Go here for more information and to register.
Spring Skills of a Naturalist: Wetland Ecology, April 28, 9:30-11:30am – Explore the biodiversity of a freshwater pond ecosystem with IslandWood’s staff naturalist, Christina Conklin. Come with your questions and curiosity, such as, How does a freshwater ecosystem change in this spring season as we head towards the hot summer months ahead? or, What are our ‘look fors’ in this unique habitat, to ensure its health and vitality for all of the species that depend upon it? This class is for adults only. Go here for more details and to register.

Anytime Activities

Earth Month Bingo – Easy actions you can take that add up when you make them a habit. Play by yourself or as a family. Print your own board here.

Tree tour – Take a self-guided tour of remarkable tree specimens mostly in downtown Winslow. Go to the Bainbridge Island Tree Tour page to find out how to locate the trees and learn about them.

Nominate a tree – The city has a Heritage Tree Register. If you know of a tree that is especially interesting or exceptional, be it on public or private land, consider nominating it for the register. (If on private property, the owner must consent to the nomination.) Criteria for qualifying trees and the nomination form are found here.

At-home science activities for the outdoors – IslandWood has created a number of activities, songs, and exercises adaptable to any age to help inspire students to explore their own neighborhoods and communities while strengthening observation and investigation skills and deepening ecological knowledge. Check them out here.

Invasive species reporting – Get the invasives species app to help alert state officials to the next sighting of the murder hornet sighting or sprouting of daphne laureola and build their database of invasive flora and fauna.

Citizen Science: Carnivores! – Contribute your sightings to the Woodland Park Zoo’s urban carnivore spotter project, which aims to support communities in facilitating solutions to achieve positive coexistence with carnivores.

Global Amphibian Bioblitz – Seen a salamander lately? How about a spring peeper? Here’s another citizen science opportunity to record your sightings by using iNaturalist. Adding your observations will help researchers, conservationists and concerned global citizens to share information and move forward actions that conserve these incredible creatures for everyone.

Litter pick-up – A year-round activity! If you would like to borrow grabbers for an indeterminate amount of time, please email Zero Waste. If you want to get serious about regular pick-ups, consider joining the County’s Adopt-a-Road program.

Children’s Earth Day Books – Check out this blog page for suggestions.

Earth Day Network – Check out this page for how to take civic, community and individual actions. The Earth Day Network makes it easier for students who want to advocate for change (e.g., getting a pollinator garden, setting up a compost system, making sports sustainable) by offering advocacy packets.

Earth Month Planning Partners

Sustainable Bainbridge would like to thank the following organizations for their support and dedication in planning Earth Month 2022. Learn more about who they are and how you can help through the links below.

Sustainable Bainbridge Partner Programs

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