This year, 2021, marks the 51st anniversary of Earth Day.
In-person Earth Day celebrations are returning this year, but in safer ways. Read on for a list of scheduled events, as well as ways to celebrate Earth Day at home.
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Earth Day Celebrations around Charlotte
Carolina Farm Trust, an organization that supports local farmers, is hosting Earth Day events from April 22nd to 24th, at The Urban Farm at Aldersgate, 4101 Somerdale Lane. Events include an outdoor concert with Time Sawyer, plogging (jogging and picking up litter), a storytime for kids, and yoga. Follow the above link for all details and to buy tickets to the concert.
The annual Homegrown Tomato Festival is going virtual this year. Tickets are $18 and you’ll get to learn from experts from around the country, just in time to plant your tomato plants!
All April, Lowe’s is celebrating spring by giving away garden kits. Registration for each giveaway starts one week before the event, and supplies are limited. You’ll pick up the garden kit curbside at Lowe’s.
- April 8th: Garden-to-Go kit sponsored by Miracle-Gro with exclusive recipes from professional cook and food stylist Amanda Frederickson
- April 15th: Lowe’s Mystery Garden Piñata with mystery seed packets
- April 22nd: 500,000 tree saplings given out in honor of Earth Day
- April 29th: Lowe’s Butterfly Quest, which helps families create a butterfly garden
Once again Anne Springs Close Greenway, at 288 Dairy Barn Lane, Fort Mill, South Carolina, is hosting the biggest Earth Day event in the area, including campfire cooking, guided hikes, a recycled art show, fishing, and so much more. This year it’s taking place over a whole weekend, April 16th to 18th.
Thursday, April 22nd, 2021, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Brixham Green Three Building Parking Lot
15801 Brixham Hill Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28277
Securely shred documents and donate electronics and children’s books at Northwood Office’s Free Shredding & Recycling Opportunity. The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office is collecting unused medical supplies for Operation Medicine Drop. Trees Charlotte is giving away of mix of native seedlings.
More Ways to Celebrate Earth Day
Visit a Garden
Check out one of these 7 amazing Charlotte area botanical gardens! Most are free to visit.
Go on one of these easy wildflower walks. It’s the perfect time!
Want more ideas of where to walk? Here are more than 50 walks and hikes in and near Charlotte.
50 Ways to Earth Day
Last year, Discovery Place put together a list of 50 activities that families can do to make a meaningful difference for our planet. See them all here.
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.
Start a Garden
Learn about some garden centers in the Charlotte area 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
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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.
More Earth Day Events
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