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Old Sturbridge Village, Earth Week

April 17, 2021 - April 25, 2021

Seed, sow, celebrate! Join us throughout the week for a wide variety of talks, walks, workshops, and activities related to nature, ecology, stewardship, and our climate. Our interpreters will host talks exploring the deep connections between the environment and early 19th-century life and begin the seasonal work of preparing and planting the fields and gardens. This week will feature a different theme each day:

Saturday, April 17: Spring has sprung!
Watch as farm fields and gardens are prepared for planting! Come and help harvest parsnips at the Freeman garden. Stop by the Towne garden to see early flowers in bloom.

Sunday, April 18: Seeds
Watch as farm fields and gardens are prepared for planting! Help sow early crops like onions and peas in the Freeman garden, and learn where farmers got seeds in the 1830s.

Monday, April 19: Patriots’ Day
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Tuesday, April 20: Sowing
It is time to start planting! Help sow early crops like onions and peas in the Freeman garden, watch farmers plant field crops, or grab a seed to plant at home.

Wednesday, April 21: Pollinators
Today is dedicated to the insects that make our food system flourish! Learn about OSV’s honeybee hives, our many other pollinators, and the plants that help pollinators thrive.

Thursday, April 22: Celebrate Earth Day
Join OSV as we celebrate Earth Day! Earth Day will feature a host of special talks on weather, nature, composting, and more! Watch as our gardeners prepare for the growing season.

Friday, April 23: Trees
From Chestnut to Hickory, many tree species played a vital role in the forest ecology and regional economy of New England in the 1830s. Visit our Cooper shop, Woodland Walk, and sawmill to learn more about these iconic New England plants.

Saturday, April 24: Wild & Cultivated Herbs
Join costumed historians for talks on wild and cultivated herbs popular in the 19th century, and visit the households to see how these seasonal foods found their way into the rural New England diet.

Sunday, April 25: Stewardship: Native & Non-native Species
Many nonnative species are challenging the populations of the native flora of New England. Iconic species such as the American Elm, Hemlock, and Maple all face threats from invasive plants, fungi, and insects. Join us for talks on how you can help protect native plants.

Two lambs, Salem Towne Garden, and two interpreters in the garden

Purchase/Reserve Tickets for April 17th – 25th

Learn More About Village Earth Week

All visitors and members will be required to purchase and/or reserve their tickets online to manage capacity in accordance with current Massachusetts guidelines. Available tickets will be released weekly on each Wednesday prior and arrival time blocks must be chosen. Purchase or reserve your tickets and see our current policies here.

Please also note:

  • Buildings are currently closed, but as the season progresses, we will open buildings in phases with occupancy limits. In the meantime, guests can watch a variety of demonstrations and talk with costumed historians outside!
  • In accordance with MA state guidelines, all guests are asked to wear a face mask when in the Village.
  • Visitors coming from out of state should review the current Massachusetts travel order  as well as any travel guidance issued by the state from which they will travel.

EARLY BIRD SAVINGS on Summer Discovery Adventures

Registration is now open for summer Discovery Adventures! Discovery Adventures will look a little different this year, but we are working to ensure that your child has the most enjoyable and safest experience possible.

Learn More

Register before May 1 and SAVE $50 per child per session.


April 17, 2021
April 25, 2021


Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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(800) 733-1830
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