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Spring Clean Up!

Enjoy a lovely Spring day and make a difference at Hallockville. Families are welcome – we have a job for everyone!

BYOR (bring your own rake), water, sturdy work shoes, a hat, and gloves.

Activities include:

  • raking
  • mulch spreading
  • stick pick up
  • general grounds clean up
  • pizza lunch at 12:00!

Arbor Day

Arbor Day in America is usually celebrated on the last Friday of April, although states can choose their own commemoration dates, to ensure that the environment is the best for trees to prosper. This holiday is dedicated to trees and plants, with the intent of promoting tree planting and educating about tree conservation.

Why are trees important?
Trees are important for the survival of the planet and are commonly known as the Earth’s lungs. They are the shelter for many animals, mainly birds, and the source of materials that are essential for human living, such as paper, cork, and sap. This holiday aims to honor the importance of trees and the role they play in our lives.

Arbor comes from the Latin word for “tree”.

History
The idea for Arbor Day originated in the 1870s in Nebraska. Julius Sterling Morton was a journalist who moved to the state in 1854, and, together with his wife, bought 160 acres of land for their property, where they planted several trees and shrubbery in what was previously a mostly bare plain.

As the new editor for the Nebraska City News, Morton saw the perfect opportunity to spread awareness about trees and their importance for the ecosystem, a message that made Nebraskans realize that their state was lacking in green spaces.

After becoming a part of the Nebraska Board of Agriculture, Morton suggested in 1872 that a day dedicated to the plating of trees was created. After the acceptance from the whole board, Arbor Day was born. The first Arbor Day successfully took place on April 10, 1872, with several dedicated Nebraskans participating and planting around 1 million trees, encouraged by the promise of prizes for those who planted trees the right way.

Arbor Day became an official state holiday in Nebraska in 1885 and was to be observed on April 22, in honor of Morton’s birthday. It wasn’t until 1970 that the day was recognized on a national scale by President Richard Nixon.

How to celebrate
The Arbor Day Foundation is largely responsible for organizing Arbor Day events and activities, and they suggest that some of the ways people can participate on this holiday are to help in cleaning up a public park, care for the natural environment, not only plants, but also animals, and, of course, plant and care for trees.

Many events on the day are for people to learn about trees and encourage them to participate in nature preservation. Activities include concerts, exhibitions, talks, and happen around the country in schools, communities, and organizations.

See or Education webpage for more info about trees at Hallockville or stop by and walk the grounds. https://hallockville.org/habitat-education/

Spring CleanUp!

Spring Cleanup!

April 10, 2021, 9 AM – 12 PM
Families welcome!
Enjoy a lovely Spring day and make a difference
BYOR (Bring your own rake)
Wear weather appropriate gear, sturdy work shoes, hat, gloves
Bring a beverage

Earth Day

Earth Day is celebrated internationally on April 22. It is a day to educate people about the issues affecting the planet and to raise awareness for and celebrate the efforts in place to protect the environment. As a global observance, it sometimes extends to a week-long celebration, aptly named Earth Week, and the celebrations are coordinated by the Earth Day Network across 193 countries.

History of Earth Day
It wasn’t until the 1960s, after the publication of a book called Silent Spring, that the effects of pollution on the planet were brought to the attention of the American public. In those times, planet protection was not a priority for the government and politicians, and there weren’t many activists dedicated to raising awareness about these issues. In fact, the biggest pollutants of the time, factories and cars, were considered symbols of wealth and therefore not regarded as dangerous. At the same time, not many people knew about recycling.

When Senator Gaylord Nelson was elected in 1962 he was the one that brought environmental issues to the forefront with the government. Inspired by the Anti-Vietnam War teach-ins he developed the idea for Earth Day in 1969, a day to be observed across the country with the intention of pushing environmental issues into the political agenda of the time.

The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970, with rallies and demonstrations happening in Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles, and several other American cities. The day was very successful in raising awareness about the risks that the planet faced, and after a survey, it was determined that 25% of Americans now considered the protection of the planet to be a priority.

In 1990 Earth Day became an international celebration, with over 140 countries taking part in observing it that year.

Observing Earth Day
Usually on this day schools and environmental agencies will organize events and activities that aim to protect the planet, such as planting trees, picking up trash on roads, beaches, and parks as well as promoting the benefits of recycling. Hallockville is working on revitalizing the trees on our campus. Stop by any time and walk the grounds. There is a virtual sustainability tour you can take with your cell phone or digital device to learn how everything was reused or recycled on the farm throughout history. Find and scan the QR code signs throughout the campus to learn more!  https://hallockville.org/sustaintour

Guided Exploration of Hallockville and Beyond

Please join us for a guided walk around this historic farm and up to the trails of Hallock State Park, led by local historian Richard Wines and local birder Nancy Gilbert. With a focus on the beginnings of Hallock Farm, through the Defense of the Eagle, to today’s recently opened Hallock State Park, there’s much to learn. Along the way, hear of the successful, cooperative effort that resulted in the conservation of this 525-acre landscape. We’ll explore the geology, flora and fauna of the site and look for birds of prey and late migrants along the way.

Bring your birding scope or binoculars, and wear sturdy shoes.

Program is co-sponsored by Peconic Land Trust & Hallockville Museum FarmRain cancels

To register please contact the Peconic Land Trust at: 631-283-3195 or events@peconiclandtrust.org

Fall Bird Walk

Mary Laura Lamont, local naturalist and birding expert, will lead the search for through the woods and fields of Hallockville and Hallock State Park Preserve. Bring binoculars, appropriate apparel, and sturdy footwear.

•$5 Members or $7 Non-members
•All ages welcome
•Advanced registration requested

Email Megan to register

Barn Yoga

Come join us on the farm for our first, 3 part series, of Barn Yoga in our historic Naugles Barn!

Connect with your inner yogi while immersing yourself in nature, and enjoying the historic North Fork landscape at the Museum Farm. All classes will be structured for all levels of practice: Beginners to Advanced, creating a welcoming experience for everyone.

Classes will be from 9-10AM and held on the following dates:

Saturday, July 13th

Sunday, July 21st

Saturday, July 27th

Tickets: $15 Advanced Registration or $20 at time of event

Package: All 3 classes for $40

Yogi’s: Please bring your own mat, water bottle, and a smile!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Barn Yoga

Come join us on the farm for our first, 3 part series, of Barn Yoga in our historic Naugles Barn!

Connect with your inner yogi while immersing yourself in nature, and enjoying the historic North Fork landscape at the Museum Farm. All classes will be structured for all levels of practice: Beginners to Advanced, creating a welcoming experience for everyone.

Classes will be from 9-10AM and held on the following dates:

Saturday, July 13th

Sunday, July 21st

Saturday, July 27th

Tickets: $15 Advanced Registration or $20 at time of event

Package: All 3 classes for $40

Yogi’s: Please bring your own mat, water bottle, and a smile!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

*Cancelled!* Barn Yoga

Come join us on the farm for our first, 3 part series, of Barn Yoga in our historic Naugles Barn!

Connect with your inner yogi while immersing yourself in nature, and enjoying the historic North Fork landscape at the Museum Farm. All classes will be structured for all levels of practice: Beginners to Advanced, creating a welcoming experience for everyone.

Classes will be from 9-10AM and held on the following dates:

Saturday, July 13th

Sunday, July 21st CLASS HAS BEEN CANCELED, PLEASE JOIN US ON 7/27!

Saturday, July 27th

Tickets: $15 Advanced Registration or $20 at time of event

Package: All 3 classes for $40

Yogi’s: Please bring your own mat, water bottle, and a smile!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Spring Bird Walk

Mary Laura Lamont, local naturalist and birding expert, will lead the search for through the woods and fields of Hallockville and Hallock State Park Preserve. Bring binoculars, appropriate apparel, and sturdy footwear.

•$5 Members or $7 Non-members
•All ages welcome
•Advanced registration requested: please call 631-298-5292 or email megan@hallockville.com