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Celebrating Earth Day and Erie County “Green” Attractions

Monday Apr 18th, 2022

Erie County is home to many attractions that are environmentally friendly, or “green.”  Through certain guidelines, materials and practices, eco-friendly attractions produce less greenhouse gas emissions making them less harmful and more helpful to the Earth.  Discover our region at these green attractions and Earth-Day themed events! (main photo courtesy of Asbury Woods Nature Center)

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The Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC)

Presque Isle State Park and TREC

Presque Isle State is a National Natural Landmark with miles of beaches and outdoor recreation. In 2021, Park officials announced a new climate and sustainability plan to bring the Park to net zero energy. The Tom Ridge Environmental Center (TREC) is an educational and research center about Presque Isle. TREC’s green features include a floating floor to hide utilities, renewable resources, plant-based material floors, natural sunshade windows, solar panels and rainwater filters.

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The Erie Art Museum. Photo courtesy Eric Dye

Erie Art Museum

The Erie Art Museum’s 2015 building addition was Erie’s first attraction with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification, the second-highest level of sustainability achievement according to the U.S. Green Building Council.  The museum’s green features include water-efficient fixtures, high competence heating and cooling system and recycled, rapidly renewable, low-emitting and certified construction materials.

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Asbury Woods Nature Center

Asbury Woods

Through conservation of natural places, outdoor recreational opportunities, and environmental education experiences, Asbury Woods strives to appreciate and protect natural spaces. The Andrew J. Conner Nature Center was designed with sustainability in mind including a geothermal heating and cooling system, vegetative “living” roof, natural lighting and solar heating.

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The Amur Tiger exhibit at the Erie Zoo.

Erie Zoo

The Zoo strives to foster a greater sense of awareness, stewardship and conservation of animals and plants. The water systems in some animal exhibits like the Amur Tiger, Amur Leopard and African Lion use recirculated water and the Zoo composts the herbivorous animal waste as well as kitchen scraps from animal diets. Most of their concession products are made from biodegradable or recyclable materials and the Zoo Gift Shop is bag-less.

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Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park (LEAF). Photo by @erieactivities

Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park (LEAF)

LEAF is a tree museum inside Frontier Park with more than 1,000 trees. They promote environmental wellness for children, families and individuals with educational opportunities and outdoor experiences. LEAF is currently working on a project called ReLeaf, aiming to plant one tree for each citizen of Erie County outside of Frontier Park.

Earth Day-Themed Events

Friday, April 22:  Asbury Woods Earth Day Virtual Visit
Asbury Woods virtual visits offer science and nature exploration, outdoor recreation, and behind-the-scenes looks at the animals inside the Nature Center. No registration needed.

Friday, April 22: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Earth Day Plant & Craft at The Tom Ridge Environmental Center
Join Park Naturalists for story and planting activities plus a talk about the importance of Earth Day and taking care of our planet. Designed for kids, but all are welcome.  Register by calling 814-833-7424.

Saturday, April 23: Noon - 2:00 p.m.  Erie Earth Day Celebration
Join the community celebration in honor of the planet in Downtown Erie at Perry Square.  Children will be presenting climate needs, see electric vehicles, visit green community and business vendors and more!  Free to attend. 

Saturday, April 23: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Asbury Woods Earth Day Trail Clean-Up
Help Asbury Woods care for the trails by picking up trash, sticks, and other debris.  Register here.

Saturday, April 23: 11:00 a.m. Asbury Woods Drop-in and Discover | Change Begins with Me
Families will learn what small changes they can make to reduce their impact on the Earth. Register here.

Saturday, April 23: Presque Isle State Park Spring Beach Clean-Up
Help keep Presque Isle healthy! Come to the Rotary Pavilion between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. to sign-in, receive bags, gloves and location of clean-up.  Lunch is included! No registration needed.

Saturday, May 21: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Erie Zoo Party for the Planet
Celebrating Earth Day AND World Ocean’s Day in one big event! Event included with Zoo admission.

Partner Spotlight

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Mazza Vineyards and the South Shore Wine Company

Local wine is great for holiday entertaining, plus it makes a great gift! Stop by to try (and pick up) award-winning wines at Mazza Vineyards and the historic South Shore Wine Company, both located in North East, PA.

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The Cork 1794

The Cork 1794 is the perfect spot for a date night or special occasion! Indoor and outside seating available with amazing food.

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The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern

Join us today! The Cove Bay-Side Restaurant & Tavern is sure to give you an unforgettable and care-free dining experience. Enjoy a nautical atmosphere with a beautiful view of Presque Isle Bay.

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U Pick 6 Craft Beer Pubs & Restaurants

Erie’s own local craft beer pubs are a must-visit! With 4 great locations, just pick one that’s convenient for you! A casual, family friendly dining experience with something for everyone! To view our menu, check out what’s on tap, or get to directions to our pubs, learn more now!”

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Outdoor Dining at the Bayfront Grille

The Bayfront Grille Restaurant at the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel is excited to announce that our Bayside Patio is open for Lunch and Dinner. Please check Open Table for reservations or contact the restaurant directly at 814-454-2005.

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UPMC Hamot - See What Makes Us Different

UPMC Hamot is a 423-bed hospital in Erie, PA, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services, and serves as a regional referral hub and Level II Trauma Center.

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Millcreek Mall

The Millcreek Mall features more than 160 stores, restaurants, and fun for the whole family on Upper Peach Street, Erie’s most popular shopping district! Shopping in Erie means no sales tax on clothing or shoes. Choose from a variety of hotels located on the Mall property and just minutes away at the intersection of Peach Street and Interstate 90.

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When you have an opportunity to fly, give Erie a try - support your hometown airport!

Direct Daily Flights to Charlotte and Chicago.
Erie International Airport is serviced by American Airlines and United Airlines with daily flights to Charlotte and Chicago with connections across the country and around the world. Book your flight today at or

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Dobbins Landing

Located on the southeast shore of Lake Erie, the Port of Erie has been promoting industrial, commercial, and recreational opportunities on the waters of Lake Erie since 1959.

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Christmas at Port Farms

Enjoy Santa’s Workshop every weekend for visits with Santa, live music, crafts, cookie decorating, and holiday food & drinks! They also offer cut-your-own trees, pre-cut trees, freshly made wreaths, holiday décor, and other great gifts throughout the week. The Port Farms Christmas season is November 25th - December 23rd and there is no admission fee. Plan an enchanting Christmas experience at Port Farms today! Visit for more info!

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