Special Event


Drop-Off at the Drive-In 2019

Home Of Franklin D Roosevelt National Historic Site



Location: LAT/LONG: 41.770800, -73.929860

Hyde Park Drive-In, across the street from the entrance to the Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site on Route 9 in Hyde Park, New York.

Dates & Times


Saturday, April 27, 2019


10:00 AM


4 hours



Drop-In at the Drive-In
Earth Day Recycling and Activities

Saturday April 27, 2019

10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Hyde Park Drive-In

 A FREE event for community members:

  • Turn in household items for recycling and redistribution
  • Learn about maintaining a healthy planet
  • Enjoy Earth Day activities for kids and families


National Park Activities for Young People:

  • Art of nature - Nature is a work of art. We will take a one mile walk on Farm Lane, looking at the elements of art -- including line, shape, color, value, texture, and space. Then we’ll take what we have learned and make a drawing in the land Franklin D. Roosevelt loved and called home. Takes about 90 minutes.
  • 4th graders can stop by and learn how to get their Every Kid in a Park pass. - Stop by anytime!
  • Check out our Junior Ranger program, and find out about other activities for young folks.
  • Come visit between 12:30 & 1:30, and take a selfie with the Home of FDR mascot, Buster Bison.

Learn CompostingStop by and learn how to decrease waste and improve your garden soil!
Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County will host a display on Home Composting.  Master Gardeners will help you understand how to successfully separate, sort and dispose of household food and garden waste, and will provide advice on home composting techniques and options.

 Gardening For Everyone: The Vanderbilt Garden Association, The Beatrix Farrand Garden Association, and the Hyde Park Visual Environment Committee are teaming up to help you grow on Earth Day.  Get information on these local gardens, learn about garden ecology, get answers to your gardening questions, learn about volunteering, and get free seeds! 

Spring Seed Starting:  Kids and adults can start plants to take home that will benefit the environment, teach recycling and beautify the Earth!   

  • Learn how to make a biodegradable planting pot from newspaper.  
  • Nature Recycles -See how plants rely on recycling to grow and reproduce. Plant Sunflower seeds and take your plants home to watch this recycling take place over the growing season. 
  • Learn which flowers are most helpful to our important pollinators and start seeds of some of these species to take home to grow for their benefit and yours. 

A Guided Hike:  Start your 2019 Hyde Park Healthy Trails Walkabout with a guided walk. Learn about Hyde Park’s 34 miles of trails, the health benefits of walking, and start earning a free trail patch.

 Get Involved: Stop by to find out how you can get involved in gardening, Hyde Park Trails and many other activities in our State Parks and National Parks, as well as our many partner organizations.

Reduce Your Energy Consumption: Meet Community Energy Advisers who can connect you to resources and networks that provide cost-saving opportunities in your community. Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County has contracted with NYSERDA to help residents and businesses reduce their energy consumption and energy costs and make informed energy decisions.

 Preventing Tick-borne Diseases on Pets and People: Practice tick safety with the “Tick-Check Harry” puppy and take home a children’s activity workbook. Learn about prevention strategies for you and your family, and pick up a free tick removal kit. Sponsored by the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health.


What Can I Recycle?  Stop by and learn what can go in your household recycling and what does not belong. Learn how your bottles, cans and paper get a fresh start by being recycled into new products.  Come learn how to reduce your waste and pickup free reusable bags, water bottles and more!  Also: Grab a free copy of the Conservationist for Kids magazine!  

  • Practice crafts with re-used & recycled materials. Hosted by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and Dutchess County Solid Waste Department.
  • Participate in interactive games and education to learn how recycling and waste reduction is good for you, your family, and the environment.

ReCycle a Bicycle & Bike Repair:

  • Donate your old bicycle and the Poughkeepsie reCycle project (sPOKe) will either use it for parts, or fix and put it back into service in the community. We may also have some renewed bikes on hand.
  • Or bring your old bicycle that needs work, and get some hands-on learning for basic bicycle repair (fixing flats, tightening cables, truing wheels, etc.). With sPOKE and the Vassar Bike Shop.
  • Get a free bicycle & helmet safety checkup – with Dutchess County Traffic Safety Board. Get a free inspection and learn how to check out your own equipment to STAY SAFE.

Pharmaceuticals:  Drop off unused/unwanted medications for safe disposal, keeping these harmful substances out of the environment, an out of the hands of those who might abuse them. Medicines deposited should be in sealed containers/plastic bags.  Any unused prescription medications, medicated ointments, over the counter medicines, and inhalers may be disposed of.  Hazardous materials and needles are not accepted.  No ID required.

 Hearing Aids and Eyeglasses:  Donate eyeglasses, sunglasses and hearing aids for re-use.  All types of glasses for children and adults, including very strong and very weak prescriptions. Reading glasses and non-prescription sunglasses also. Any type of hearing aid is accepted.  All donations will be given to the Lions Club.

Electronic Waste:

IMPORTANT -- What NOT to bring:

  • No Computer Monitors of ANY KIND**
  • No Televisions of ANY KIND**
  • Lamps/bulbs
  • Small appliances
  • Non-rechargeable batteries (bring ONLY lead-acid and Ni-Cad batteries)

**NOTE:  Dutchess County residents can dispose of these at upcoming hazardous waste collection days, June 22 and Oct 5. More info at www.dutchessny.gov/solidwaste

Electronic Waste:

What you SHOULD bring:

  • Computers, Printers
  • All Computer Accessories (Mice, Keyboards, Webcams, Speakers, Microphones)
  • Ink/Toner Cartridges
  • Tapes, CDs, DVDs
  • Fax Machines
  • Answering Machines
  • Telephones
  • GPS Units
  • Cell Phones & Chargers
  • PDAs, Tablets, MP3 Players
  • Scanners
  • Radios, CD/DVD/VHS Players etc.
  • Storage Devices (External Hard Drives, Solid State Drives, SD Cards, Memory Cards, Card Readers, etc.)
  • Audio Equipment (Speakers, Microphones, etc.)
  • Video Equipment (Cameras, Video Cameras, Web Cams, Recording Devices
  • Typewriters
  • Batteries: Lead-acid and Ni-Cad Batteries ONLY (ordinary batteries go in your trash


...TO WIN ONE OF THREE COMPOST BINS : Drawings will be held throughout the day.  Sponsored by the Dutchess County Division of Solid Waste Management and National Park Service.

 Drop-in at the Drive-In is sponsored by the Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites

in partnership with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Dutchess County Government,

Cornell Cooperative Extension, and many community partners.

Thank you to everyone!


Reservation or Registration: No

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Allan Dailey
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