This year marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
In-person Earth Day celebrations are not happening this year, but here are some ways to celebrate anyway!
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Earth Day Extravaganza with Lemurs
Duke Lemur Center is celebrating Earth Day with an All Day Extravaganza on Wednesday, April 22nd, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tune into Duke Lemur Center’s Facebook page for new lemur content every hour, on the hour, including: Lemurs Eating Snacks, Lemur Trivia and more!
Earth Day Virtual Family Event – The Bugs in my Backyard
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens will help you celebrate Earth Day with digital content that will go live on April 22nd. Enjoy a video, “Insects at the Botamical Gardens,” how to make a bug hotel, a printable bug identification sheet and more.
Takeout and Trees
Starting April 20th, order takeout at a participating Charlotte restaurant or brewery, and get a free seedling from TreesCharlotte. While supplies last.
Virtual Earth Day Celebration with Sustain Charlotte
50 Ways to Earth Day
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Discovery Place has put together a list of 50 activities that families can do to make a meaningful difference for our planet. See them all here.
McDowell’s 1st Annual Native Plant Sale
There will be a native plant sale at McDowell Nature Preserve on Saturday, May 2nd, and Sunday, May 3rd. Pick-up times can be scheduled between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. To purchase a plant, and to schedule curbside pickup, go to Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation’s Activity Search page. You should see a banner like the one above. Click on “flowers and herbs” (and then on the “more” button) to make a purchase. Then click on “pick-up time” to schedule your curbside pickup.
Rebuilding Together of Greater Charlotte is selling herb garden kits, that contain a cedar garden box that you build yourself, soil, seeds, and instructions, for $75. Then on April 25th, at 2 p.m., there will be a Virtual Build-Along on Facebook Live. (You can watch it afterwards if you miss it.) This is a fundraiser to for Rebuilding Together of Greater Charlotte’s Emergency Repair Program, which provides urgent assistance to neighbors so they can shelter safely at home. Kits are available while supplies last, but order by April 22nd to get it in time for the Virtual Build-Along.
City Nature Challenge
Every year, the City Nature Challenge has people taking pictures of wild plants and animals, to help document biodiversity around the globe. Take and share pictures from April 24th to 27th, and share through the iNaturalist app. Learn more about participating.
Virtual Piedmont Earth Day Fair
Piedmont Environmental Alliance is taking their Earth Day Fair online. From April 20th to April 24th, there will be streaming events on starting a vegetable garden, a kids’ cooking tutorial, a virtual field trip to Wake Forest Campus Gardens, DIY Green Cleaning Products, a concerts with the NC Songwriters Co-Op, and more. See the schedule and register here.
Start a Garden
Learn about some garden centers in the Charlotte area that offer delivery or curbside pickup and get some tips for getting started with a garden.
Grow Some Memories–Earth Day Mini Garden
Help kids make mini-gardens out of recycled plastic bags, fabric scraps and ribbons. Fill each DIY satchel with a half cup of soil and wildflower seeds. Kids can then scatter their garden-to-go in the backyard or a soil-filled container, water frequently, and watch flowers bloom through the summer.
Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder
Teach the kids about recycling by reusing toilet paper rolls for a fun craft. All it takes is a little peanut butter, bird seed, a couple of sticks from the yard and some string.
Earth Day Cupcakes
Just add blue and green food coloring to a white cake mix for a fun and simple treat that kids will love to make and eat.