Community & Events

Be a part of the green community

Do you live, work, or play in Ellsworth and want to be a positive force in the community?

We have opportunities for everyone, from attending an event to helping implement Green Plan recommendations as a member of an action team.

  • Sign up for our e-news: We'll send you a quarterly Green Ellsworth newsletter letting you know about events and opportunities to discuss the topics that matter to you.

  • Learn more about our Green Ellsworth Action Teams and then sign-up as a Friend of Green Ellsworth to get involved in a subject (or a few!) you're interested in.

  • To volunteer with Green Ellsworth more broadly (e.g., communications and digital outreach, grant applications and fundraising, volunteer management, citizen scientist teams), contact: Mary Blackstone.

Attend an Event

Green Ellsworth and Partner Orgs are Celebrating Earth Day and Arbor Day!

Starting April 22 and continuing into May, there are a lot of ways to invest in our community and planet.

April 22: If you're a Jackson Lab employee, stop by our table to learn more about Green Ellsworth at the lab's Earth Day Fair!

April 23, 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Card Brook Clean-Up hosted by the City of Ellsworth and University of Maine at Augusta Ellsworth Center. Meet at the Ellsworth Hannaford parking lot on the right side if you are facing the store to sign-up and receive further directions. Please wear sturdy footwear that can get wet/muddy. Work gloves will be provided. More info here.

April 23, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Roadside Clean-Up Week Kick-off hosted by Green Ellsworth and the City of Ellsworth. Our City's annual roadside clean-up week starts on Saturday, April 23 at City Hall. Stop by in the morning to sign-up for a section of road and get your yellow bags and other safety gear. Come back at 3:00 to return what you borrowed and share what you found -- a prize will be given out to the person who finds the weirdest item! FMI: 207-664-0928

April 23 - May 1, Ongoing: Roadside Clean-up continues at your own pace. Stop by City Hall during business hours to get yellow bags and info for how to get them picked up. FMI: 207-664-0928

April 23, 10:00 AM: Parents, students, teachers and the Ellsworth Garden Club rebuild the Ellsworth Elementary Middle School gardens.

May 3, 6:30 PM: Future of the Union River Forum. More info below.

May 7, 11:00 AM: Jane's Walk 1: Museum in the Streets. Hosted by the Heart of Ellsworth and the Ellsworth Historical Society.

May 7, 1:00 PM: Jane's Walk 2: Riverwalk North. Meet on State Street below the Ellsworth Public Library. Hosted by Heart of Ellsworth, Ellsworth Historical Society, and Downeast Trout Unlimited.

May 7 - 12, Tentative: Community Tree Nursery ground and soil preparation (conditions permitting). As weather permits, volunteers from the Ellsworth Garden Club, Downeast Trout Unlimited, Frenchman Bay Conservancy and Green Ellsworth will be planting 80 trees at the new Community Tree Nursery at the Jordan Homestead Preserve on the Bayside Road in Ellsworth. Eventually, the tree nursery is expected to accommodate up to 500 trees at any given time. It will create a less expensive and more environmentally-friendly mechanism for re-treeing the City, and having been grown on locally, the trees will be more successful when transplanted. The nursery is a component of a broader re-treeing and urban forestry management effort in the City. To get involved in these tree planting activities contact: 207-667-8878.

May 11, 4:00 - 6:00 PM: Green Ellsworth will be at the Ellsworth Open House at the Library with other area organizations. Stop by to learn more about what we're doing and how you can get involved! More info about the event here.

May 13 - 14, Tentative: Community Tree Nursery plantings (conditions permitting). The tree planting project will culminate with second grade students from the Ellsworth Elementary Middle School planting the last of the trees -- one for each participating student.

This public events list is maintained by Green Ellsworth. The list includes events organized by Green Ellsworth and other area events that support a green community.

Are you hosting a green event? Email us to list it here.

Future of the Union River Forum

May 3, 6:30 PM: Moore Community Center and Online

Green Ellsworth’s Union River Action Team will be hosting a public forum focused on the Future of the Union River. With a recent study determining that the pristine waters of the Upper Union River may offer brook trout the best chance in the state of Maine for resiliency against the effects of climate change, the importance and potential of this river have become clearer than ever. However, the recent discovery of invasive milfoil in Hancock County has revealed that potential threats to the watershed are now on its doorstep. Recently, American Rivers has listed the Union among the 13 most endangered rivers in the United States.

This forum will include brief presentations on the current state of the river and developments that could affect its future, but the primary focus of the evening will be on breakout groups where participants can provide input on their vision for the future of the river in several key areas such as the native fishery, recreational opportunities, water quality, Ellsworth’s waterfront, sustainable economic development in the watershed, preserving access to the river, and profiling the history of the river. Forum participants as well as others in the community will also be able to complete a survey to provide additional input, all of which will help to frame and direct the Union River Watershed plan that the team is developing.

Presenters and resource people for the breakout groups include:

  • Mark Whiting, Chair, Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors

  • Elena Piekut, City Planner, City of Ellsworth

  • Cara Romano, Executive Director, Heart of Ellsworth

  • Aaron Dority, Executive Director, Frenchman Bay Conservancy

  • Nate Hanson, owner of Pinniped Kayak

  • Carolyn Ackerman and Catherine Fox, Ellsworth Historic Preservation Commission

  • Dwayne Shaw, Executive Director and Brett Ciccotelli, Restoration and Engagement Manager, Downeast Salmon Federation

This will be a hybrid event taking place live at the Moore Community Center (125 State Street, Ellsworth) and on zoom. Residents, property owners and other stakeholders in the Union River Watershed are encouraged to attend and all live or virtual participants are asked to register here. For more information email Mary Blackstone, Green Ellsworth Community Liaison.

Credit: Nicholas Navarre

Recent Events

Sea Level Rise in Ellsworth

November 16, online -- watch the event here!

What impacts will the effects of sea level rise have on Ellsworth, including its shoreline habitat, residential property and downtown businesses? How can we mitigate these effects and adapt to our changing waterfront? Answers to these and other questions were discussed at a recent event hosted by Green Ellsworth in partnership with the Island Institute. This forum begins the conversation around these questions and kicks off a series of forums regarding future management of the Union River and its shorefront in Ellsworth. Read the full press release here.

Featured panelists included:

Credit: Nicholas Navarre

Community SolarWhat's in it for ME?

December 7, online -- watch the event here!

This presentation was geared toward Ellsworth-area residents and businesses who want to learn more about their solar options, including community solar. Green Ellsworth and Ampion, a community solar company founded in Bar Harbor, shared information about how community solar helps Mainers save money while protecting the environment. The state's community solar program enables electricity customers to access clean energy without purchasing or installing solar panels and offers savings up to 15% off a typical monthly bill.

See presentation slides here, including links for more information.

FMI: Martha Dickinson of Green Ellsworth or Nico Valette of Ampion.