Children of the 1960s might well have been the heart and soul of the early years of Earth Day during the 1970s.

Yet children of the early years of the 21st century are very much carrying on the tradition of environmental protection.

The official Earth Day commemoration was celebrated April 22 in the United States and many countries throughout the world.

Locally, an assortment of Earth Day activities took place during recent weeks in the Greater New Milford area. In addition to special programs offered by organizations, individuals took to the streets to show their love for and of the earth.

One of them was Tara Phanh of New Milford. Born and raised in town, Phanh has participated in Earth Day activities for 20 years.

She arms herself with bags -- one for garbage and one for recycling -- and cleans up roadside trash, a task she does throughout the year, as time permits.

This year, she was joined by her niece, Aleisa, and Brandon Smalls.

YardApes Landscaping, a community-minded New Milford firm, annually participates by dedicating a "Day of Service." YardApes staff members vounteer for cleanup and landscaping work at various sites throughotu the area.

This year's agenda was highlighted by the creation of a Memory Circle at Sarah Noble Intermediate School in memory of the 26 who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. Dec. 14, 2012.

The Day of Service also included spring cleanup efforts at the New Milford Historical Society on Aspetuck Avenue and TheatreWorks along Brookside Avenue.

The Pratt Nature Center in New Milford's annual Earth Day celebration featured numerous children's activities and environmental education programs.

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Norwalk Aquarium LIVE TOUCH TANK (Every Hour!)

Uconn Teikyo Drummers,

2K Dirt Dash 12:00pm Register at Fast Track(Nominal Fee)



Village Center for the Arts

Mud Pit(Tonkas& squishing mud supplied,bring extra clothes)

Weantinogue Land Trust ( River Study)

Where: Pratt Nature Center 163 Papermill Road New Milford, CT 06776 (860) 355-3137

When: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Who: This drop off program is designed for kids ages 6 through 14.

How: Call for more info (860) 355-3137