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Greenwich, CT | Added on April 06, 2014 At 03:05 PM

It was all about surf, sand and stewardship at Greenwich Point.

"Earth Day is April 22nd but it's more than just one day and it's actually more than just one month. It's Earth Day everyday," said Denise Savageau, Conservation Director for the Town of Greenwich.

The Greenwich Conservation Commission along with several community partners and volunteers, kicked off Earth Day Celebration Month with dune planting and a beach clean up on Sunday afternoon.

"Do hearby proclaim April 2014 as Earth Day Celebration Month in the Town of Greenwich," read Selectman David Theis.

"When we talk about environmental education, it's first awareness. Greenwich Point is a great place to be aware of your environment. The second step is having a little bit of knowledge; what's out here? What kind of plants do we have? What kinds of birds do we have? The next step in environmental awareness and education has to be stewardship; what are we doing here?" said Savageau.

Cynthia Lupo, a member of Friends of Greenwich Point said, "We are a group in Town that really cares about restoration of the Point and getting rid of invasive species and planting more native plants."

Volunteers say being able to protect their environment is important to the community.

Mason, one of the youngest volunteers said he "was digging for seashells" while replanting the dunes.

Riverside resident Nancy Dickinson said, "This is our front yard so we want to protect it, and we want to take care of it."

Greenwich resident Fred helped replant the dunes with his son Mason. "We use this area so much on a regular basis so it's nice to be able to give something back because it is such a terrific place for families to come and spend time."

Along with replanting the dunes, visitors were able to learn more about water conservation and Long Island Sound with themed activities including several touch tank stations and making their own rain sticks.

For a complete schedule of Earth Day Celebration Month events, visit

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