The essential thing to bring to the Earth Day festivities at the Leslie Science and Nature Center: plenty of time. At least 50 local environmental groups will have table displays at this free family-friendly event on Sunday, April 21, with info on everything from green energy, water awareness, and composting, but that’s only the beginning. There’s a full entertainment roster that includes local Brazilian samba group Gemini, as well as Rap for Food, a team of local artists who use spoken word poetry to convey messages about the joys of eating locally and growing your own food.
Families can explore an empty raptor enclosure to get a bird’s eye view, take guided tours of the rural pond and compost education center, and enjoy face painting, scrap box recycling, and a Bountiful Bubble Station. Cap it all off with the All-Species Parade at 3:15 pm. “We’ve had some pretty wild entries over the years,” says Education Director Pattie Postel (pun intended, we’re sure), “including bears and human bumblebees of all sizes.” Don’t miss out on this wild rumpus. Leslie Science and Nature Center, noon-4pm. 1831 Traver Rd. Free.