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Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue. (Credit: Northforker file photo)

Group for the East End will once again host an Earth Day Festival at Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The family-friendly event will feature live animals, nature hikes, crafts, a plant sale, music by Julia King and raffles.

This year, the organization will feature a special exhibit made from discarded marine debris in the nature center.

“This exhibit, displaying various sculptures such as fish and osprey, will hopefully increase awareness of the impact of debris on Long Island waters,”said Rachel Bosworth, spokesperson for Group for the East End.

The festival will also include a nature history hike led by the Peconic Land Trust at 11 a.m. and a live animal presentation hosted by The STAR Foundation at noon. Participants are invited to explore the Nature Center and trails on their own. Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with Group for the East End educators to learn about the many programs at Downs Farm Preserve throughout the year, as well as other initiatives.

Sponsored by the Town of Southold, the event is free and is dog friendly. Picnics are encouraged.

The event will take place rain or shine, offering some covered areas if it should rain.

Group for the East End has partnered with local organizations and artisans who will participate in this community event, such as: Turtle Rescue of the Hamptons, Peconic Land Trust, Peconic Estuary Program, New York State Parks, Long Island Aquarium, Riverhead Foundation, the STAR Foundation, Hallockville Museum Farm and more. Noah’s Food Truck will be on site, serving lunch.

Down’s Farm Preserve is located at 23800 Route 25, Cutchogue. Learn more at or by calling (631) 765-6450 ext. 215.