Program 2022

Earth Week 2022
April 18-24

Opening Presentation – Our Environment:  Moving Forward ~ Locally what could we be doing  ~ What we are doing. 

Monday, April 18th, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Carpenter’s Barn, Lakeland Park, Cazenovia

Three people with unique leadership experiences, reflect and look forward in a presentation and community conversation about our future in Cazenovia.

Shere Abbott, Jocelyn Gavitt, & Lauren Lines, three people with unique leadership experiences reflect and look forward in a presentation and community conversation about our future in Cazenovia.

Shere Abbott  was a senior advisor to President Barack Obama serving as a deputy to the President’s science advisor. Moving her family to Cazenovia in 2011, Shere Abbott was Director of Environment, Sustainability and Policy in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Shere serves on the Board of NYS Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) since 2014.

Jocelyn Gavitt is a Landscape Architect & Planner who specializes in community engagement, planning and design.  She has extensive experience in master planning, site design and recreational planning.  She has degrees from Cornell University and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  

Lauren Lines is the Executive Director · Cazenovia Area Community Development Association (CACDA).  Lauren manages all aspects of this thriving community development organization. 

CACDA acts as a facilitator in the process of building consensus, implementing plans and ideas within the towns and Village of Cazenovia, Nelson, and Fenner, in order to improve the community.

Make it Rain, Play with Bugs, Create Art, Meet a Tree: 4 different Science Stations

Monday, April 18, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Wednesday, April 20, 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Cazenovia Public Library

~Watershed Tabletop Model Demonstrations: Cazenovia College’s Watershed Management class and Environmental Club present…
Learn how watersheds work, and take your turn making it rain (and erode and…)!   It’llbe hands-on, so please wear clothes that can get a little dirty.

~ Bottle Cap Art ProjectCazenovia College’s Environmental Club presents…
Spend a few minutes helping to create a 4×8’ mural from plastic bottle caps that would otherwise end up buried in the landfill! No experience or artistic ability required!

~ Aquatic Macroinvertebrates ALIVE:
Izaak Walton League of America’s Mat Webber presents…
See and learn about the awesome animals that are one of the foundations of stream food-webs! Think you know your bugs? Challenge Mat!

i-Tree Suite of Online ToolsUSDA Forest Service’s Alexis Ellis presents…
Time to do something REALLY fun on your cellphone!  Learn how to use the really cool My Tree app to calculate the benefits of one tree or an entire forest! 

Talking Trash – Rethink Waste in Madison County

Tuesday April 19, 7:00 – 8:00 pm 
Eckel Hall, Room 109 McDonald Lecture Hall, Cazenovia College

Kristin Welch, the Recycling Coordinator at the Madison County Dept. of Solid Waste, will provide an update on the current recycling program with an overview of what should and should not go in the recycling bin along with special programs for hard to recycle materials. While you’re there, you can pick up recycling resources to help you rethink waste at home. Masks Required.

Meeting in person or join by zoom

We will open a Zoom meeting(s) for those unable to attend in person or preferring to join remotely.

7:00-7:30 (or however long Zoom allows this first meeting to continue):

Cazenovia Water Treatment Plant Tour

Wednesday, April 20, 11:30 – 12:30 pm
Water Lane, off of Mill St.
Meet at the Water Plant at 11:15 am

Make it Rain, Play with Bugs, Create Art, Meet a Tree: 4 different Science Stations

Wednesday-April 20, 3:00 – 5:00 pm 
Cazenovia Public Library – See  Monday Listing

“Old Buildings Are Green Buildings” – Cazenovia Heritage

Wednesday, April 20, 7:00 pm
Cazenovia Library Community Room

Using  layman’s terms, the presentation focuses on how to reduce CO2 levels and increase energy efficiency with  the reuse of materials over that of new, “energy efficient” alternatives.

Mr. Roblee is a founding partner of the Circulatory Reuse Zero Waste Deconstruction (CROWD) Group, which seeks to reduce the amount of construction and demolition waste in our nation’s landfills through preservation or reuse of building materials. 

Beyond Rooftop Solar: Farm Land & Solar Energy Generation – CPF 

Thursday, April 21, 5:00 pm Zoom
Register here for zoom link  

How are solar projects  being implemented on agricultural lands in our state and in our region. How do we balance the need to protect important agricultural lands with the need to increase the amount of renewable energy generated in New York State?

Kiss the Ground’ Movie Night at the Library

Thursday, April 21, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Cazenovia Public Library Community Room

Kiss the Ground is an inspiring and groundbreaking film that reveals a viable solution to our climate crisis, narrated and featuring Woody Harrelson. 

What can we in Madison County effectively do to battle climate change?

UCAN is proud to present ‘Kiss the Ground’, a 45 minute documentary followed by discussion led by members of UCAN’s Agriculture Task Force:  Van Bartlett, local organic farmer and retired Lead Trainer at Morrisville State Environmental Training Center, Jennifer Gilbert Jenkins Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Agricultural Science at Morrisville State College, and Erik Smith, Field Crop Specialist at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County.

Kiss the Ground reveals how, by regenerating the world’s soils, we can stabilize Earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems and create abundant food supplies. Using compelling graphics and visuals, along with striking NASA and NOAA footage, the film artfully illustrates how, by drawing down atmospheric carbon, soil is the missing piece of the climate puzzle.

Earth Day Celebration at the New Woodstock Library

Friday April 22,  any time between noon – 4 pm 
Houseplants and Felt Flowers Galore!

Pot up and take home a houseplant for a touch of spring! All materials provided. For adults and kids alike. (Children under 5 must have a caregiver to help)

Learn to make beautiful felt flowers in a jiffy!! Based on the book ‘Felt Flower Workshop’ by Bryanne Rajamannar.  All materials provided to make several types of flowers. Just bring your love of spring and a pair of sharp scissors (if you have them). It’s easy and fun. For adults and youth age 7 and up.

Trash to Treasure Competition

Friday, April 22.  1:00 – 7:00 pm.
Carpenter’s Barn, Lakeland Park, Cazenovia

Inventors, tinkerers, artists, reinvent junk into useful tool, toy, artwork, or treasure. 
Use what otherwise might wind up in your garbage, recycling bin or discarded and make it into something new.   Bring your invention & submission to Carpenters Barn on April 21 at 7:00 pm or April 22nd at 1:00 p.m

Come see the exhibit!  All works will be on display Friday April 22, 1:00-7:00 p.m. 

1st  , 2nd and 3rd place prizes will be awarded by a panel of judges.  All of the masterworks will also be displayed on the UCAN website.  There is no age limit or limit on the number of submissions, but they must contain repurposed objects, trash and/or recyclables.

To participate, please send an email to:  Put Competition in the subject line and in the text provide your name, contact information and a brief description of your work including size for display purposes.

Plant a Tree Arbor Day Program  – Cazenovia Tree Commission 

Saturday April 23, 9:00 am. 
Albany St. Gothic Cottage to Willow Place

Arbor Day Celebration followed by a tree planting demonstration, learn the ins and outs of planting trees with bare roots. All are invited. 

Town of Nelson Community Cleanup  – Town of Nelson

Saturday April 23, 9am – 2 pm

We are looking for volunteer groups to participate in roadside cleanup.
Trash pick up around the Town of Nelson.  Bring your own high visibility shirt, gloves, and consider tick repellent. 
 Volunteer time will be provided to high school students if requested, and form filled out.
Sign up or questions at 315-313-4771.  

Heat Pumps as a Climate Solution – “Go Green Caz” Kickoff!
Saturday, April 23 | 10 AM – 12 PM
Village Hall (90 Albany St., Cazenovia, NY)
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Heating & cooling buildings contributes 1/3 of NY’s carbon emissions. In this workshop, HeatSmart CNY Campaign Director, Lindsay Speer, will discuss how we can decarbonize the building sector. Learn how heat pumps can make your home more energy efficient and comfortable, and what grants and rebates are available to make it possible. Featuring a panel discussion with expert installers and Cazenovia area homeowners who are heating and cooling with heat pumps. 

This event is FREE & OPEN to the public. Masks are appreciated. Sponsored by the Village of Cazenovia, the Town of Cazenovia, the United Climate Action Network and HeatSmart CNY. 

Event Registration

For more information or to register, call 833-315-HEAT or visit

Annual Chittenango Creek Clean -Up – Cazenovia College

Saturday, April 23, 10:00 – 12:00 pm
Meet at Buyea’s Hardware Parking lot in Cazenovia

52nd Anniversary of Earth Day – Creek Clean-Up.  Dress for the weather. Bags and gloves provided.  Open to all ages.  

Tour of the Pollinator Garden

Saturday, April 23 11:00-12:00 pm
Carpenter’s Pond

Electric Car Show & great electric bikes, scooters, and landscaping equipment

Saturday April 23, 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm
10 Seminary St., Cazenovia College, Sigety Hall Health Center (next to the Methodist Church) 

CNY Electric Vehicle owners will display their cars and answer your questions about costs, tax incentives, charging, and more. Test rides and test drives will be available. 

The Electric Vehicle Show is part of National Drive Electric Earth Day. More information is available at the Drive Electric Earth Day website where drivers and attendees can register to enter for a chance to win a $250 Visa gift card:

The Wonder of Compost!

Sunday April 24th 10:00 – 11:00 am
Carpenter’s Barn, Lakeland Park, Cazenovia 

Come learn the ins and outs of composting: why you should, how you can, and what you will need. This informational talk will teach you about the benefits of compost including: what is and is not compostable, the options available to build or buy a compost bin, and how it can be done with minimal effort and money. 

Clean Up all Around the Lake – Cazenovia Lake Association  (CLA)

Sunday April 24, 10am – 12 pm
Gathering points:  Lakeside park, Corner of route 92 and West Lake Road,  and McNitt State Park.

Trash pick up around the lake.  Bring your own gloves, and consider tick repellent. 
 Volunteer time will be provided to high school students if requested, and form filled out. Sign up or questions at  The CLA will then gather and recycle or dispose of materials.

Nature Walk – Nelson Swamp – Nelson Rd

Sunday April 24, 1:00 pm
Nelson Town Office Building

Explore Nelson Swamp and the great new board walk.   Come join the Cazenovia College Environmental Club. We will be identifying trees, wildflowers, and other aspects that make Nelson Swamp unique (beaver dam, soil composition, etc.). Great walking for all ages.  Please meet at the Nelson Town Office Building, Fenner Rd just off of Rt. 20.  

Annual Village Clean-Up – Project Cafe

Sunday April 24, 3:00 pm
Dave’s Diner – Albany St.

Project Cafe will be organizing Cazenovia Village Clean-up. Meet in front of Dave’s Diner.

Other Earth Week

Poetry on the Trail – 2022 Cazenovia Community Poetry Contest

April is National Poetry Month and April 21, 2022 is the 52nd anniversary of Earth Day. In celebration, the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation (CPF); the Friends of the Cazenovia Public Library; local poet, Eric Evans; and Cazenovia High School English Teacher, Wendy Everard, invite you to submit your original poetry on the theme “Renewal” for this year’s Poetry on the Trail Contest.  Deadline for submission is April 21, Earth Day

All poems entered will be published on the CPF website and selected poems will be displayed on interpretive signage along the CPF Gorge Trail as part of the “Poetry on the Gorge Trail” exhibit beginning in May. 

Adults and students are encouraged to participate. Prizes in each of four (4) categories: Grades 1-4, Grades 5-8, Grades 9-12, and adult.
To enter your original poem, visit:

Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring

During Earth Week

A group of community volunteers will be conducting water quality monitoring on Chittenango Creek and along tributaries flowing into Cazenovia Lake. 

The program offers hands-on participation in water resource protection,  community education with a focus on land use impacts, and an opportunity to train the next generation of environmental leaders. The sampling results will provide important information about the effects of stormwater runoff and nutrient loading to water resources from land use activities such as gardening, farming and development practices. For information, contact Mat Webber (, Thad Yorks, (, or Anne Saltman (

Clothing Drive -Cazenovia Public Library- All Week

Are you looking to purge your closet to make way for spring and summer clothes?
Cazenovia College’s Look Again Fashion Project and Environmental Club are teaming up to find a good home for your unwanted clothing.

Donated clothing will be organized and passed along to…
The Key, Caz Cares, Look Again, Rescue Mission, Salvation Army, etc.
Clean, dry, and folded garments.
*Please no socks or underwear

Recycling Display – Cazenovia Public Library -All Week

Visit the Pollinator Garden – Rotary Club-All Week

Clean – Up of Rt 20 Rest Stop – Cazenovia Garden Club

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