Community Events

Green Ellsworth Celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day!

The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped our spring and refocused priorities. It is a time of uncertainty, fear, and loneliness for many. While we find ourselves limited as never before, we also strive to find opportunities to explore, grow, and strengthen our community. In this spirit, we invited community members to join us in a different sort of celebration of Earth Day, to cultivate a sense of wonder and to share it with others.

Thank you to our friends at A Climate to Thrive for the inspiration!

Fairy House at Woodlawn Trails, March 2020

“If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantments of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things that are artificial, the alienation from the sources of our strength.

I sincerely believe that for the child, and for the parent seeking to guide him, it is not half so important to know as to feel. If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow.”

-Rachel Carson, Sense of Wonder

Opportunities to Explore, Create, and Share!

During this time of physical distancing, we continue to invite you to safely Explore, Create, and Share, including:

To go outside and explore the world: See something new or revisit the familiar. Listen intently and smell the arrival of spring. Sit and observe a spot or maybe wander quietly. Marvel at the natural world.

To create in an effort to capture the sense of wonder: Choose any medium, whether the written or spoken word, a song, or dance, a drawing or a photograph!

To share your creation with the community: Grow the wonder as a celebration of our annual Earth Days and our planet.

Annual Spring Roadside Clean-up ... Same same, but different.

To honor Earth Day and beautify our city, citizens were asked to pick up roadside trash on their own while adhering to physical distancing guidelines. Through April 30, the City of Ellsworth accepted bagged trash for free at the transfer station and during normal roadside pickup-up days.

Community Contributions

Spring on Lower Patten Pond where beavers may picnic without practicing social distancing!

It's a great day to be a duck in my neighborhood.

-Roz Rea, Ellsworth

Scenic evening cleanup on the Union River.

-Nicole Grohoski, Ellsworth

I love my mighty hemlock tree.

-Martha Dickinson, Ellsworth

A woods road at Bad Beaver Farm in Ellsworth last Fall.

- Carol Leonard, Ellsworth

To celebrate Earth Day/Month, Daniel, Thea and Robin (neighbors) got together with gloves, masks and grabbers. We walked along the Downeast Scenic Railway from Park St. to just behind Hammond Lumber. We picked up litter... lots of cigarette butts. Now that part of the railway really is more scenic. It was fun and we'll do it again.

-Robin Snyder-Drummond, Ellsworth