Earth Day 2020

Celebrate 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 can also strive to find opportunities to explore, grow, and strengthen our community. In this spirit, we invite you to join us in a different sort of celebration of Earth Day, to cultivate a sense of wonder and 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

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

Explore: Go outside and explore the world around you. See what you haven't seen before or revisit the familiar. Listen intently and smell the arrival of spring. Perhaps you will want to sit and observe a spot or maybe you'll wander quietly. There are no rules! Let yourself marvel at the natural world.

Create: Whatever or wherever you find that sense of wonder, try to capture it. Choose any medium: written or spoken word, a song or dance, a story to share, a drawing or a photograph... if you can dream it, do it!

Share: Help us grow the wonder by sharing your creation with our community. Now through the end of the April, send words, a photo of your creation, or a YouTube video link to We will add everything to this page that we can, for all to enjoy together. We welcome all in the greater Ellsworth area to join in our celebration of Earth Day 2020 and the planet that sustains us. Please include information about yourself (name, town) or if you prefer to remain anonymous.

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

To honor Earth Day and beautify our city, consider picking up roadside trash on your own this year, to adhere to physical distancing guidelines. From now through April 30, the City of Ellsworth is accepting bagged trash FOR FREE at the transfer station (open Tues/Fri/Sat, 8-4) or at your house on your normal roadside pickup day. You'll need to supply your own trash bags, but trash stickers are not needed. Note: last feasible day for free trash disposal is April 28 by 4 pm at the transfer station.

As always, wear bright colors and practice good traffic safety. Don’t pick up broken glass, dirty needles, or any other potentially dangerous debris. Wear boots, long pants tucked into your socks to avoid ticks, and gloves to protect your hands. Thanks for helping!

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