Earth Month in Montgomery County

Monday, April 22nd, people all across the world will come together to commemorate the 43rd annual Earth Day. April 22nd is a day for reflecting on the achievements made to restore and protect our environment as well as raise awareness to future challenges.

Earth Day has become so big that not all the events can be held on the 22nd. Earth Day has grown into Earth Month with volunteer, community and environmental educational events happening throughout April.

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2013 Earth Month Events

April 2:

Remove Garlic Mustard with Montgomery Parks. Pull invasive plants from Meadowside Nature Center and get a tasty garlic mustard pesto recipe to make at home!

 

April 4:

Environmental Film Night - Join the city of Gaithersburg for a special free screening of the film “People of a Feather”. Seating is limited and pre-registration is encouraged.

 

April 6:

Community Paper Shredding and Recycling Event. Attend this free event hosted by Solid Waste Services.

Upper Patuxent Watershed Cleanup. Help clean up the roadsides and river crossings of the Upper Patuxent Watershed.

25th Annual Potomac River Cleanup. As one of the largest regional cleanups, the Potomac River Cleanup brings together thousands of volunteers at sites across Virginia, Maryland and D.C. to clean up the Potomac River.

5th Annual Rock Creek Extreme Cleanup. It’s time to give Rock Creek and its beautiful parks a spring cleaning. Rock Creek Conservancy is mobilizing volunteers at over 60 Rock Creek locations.

Gaithersburg Community Green Up Day. Help make a difference in the community by cleaning up and beautifying public spaces.

 

April 13:

Black Hill Garlic Mustard Challenge. Form a team and help remove invasive plants to win prizes and awards.

Green Your Backyard in Rockville. Learn about RainScapes Rewards and other City programs designed to help you green your back yard and reduce pollution in this free information session.

Patuxent River Clean-up. Help the Patuxent by picking up trash and removing invasive weeds.

Rain Barrel Workshop. Learn how a rain barrel helps protect the local environment and stream. For those who are considering using one in your yard, come and learn about how to hook up and care for a rain barrel.

 

April 15:

Earth Day Every Day Fair. Join the Corporate Volunteer Council of Montgomery County in Silver Spring for a Earth Day fair and tour of Shepherd’s Table.

 

April 20:

Department of Environmental Protection White Oak Earth Day Cleanup. Volunteers are needed for trash removal projects in the White Oak neighborhood of Silver Spring. The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection will be hosting the cleanup in partnership with Montgomery Parks and local watershed group, Eyes of Paint Branch.

Anacostia Earth Day Cleanup and Celebration. Volunteer at more than 20 sites across the Anacostia watershed (including the DEP’s White Oak event).

Annual Cabin John Creek Cleanup. This event is being organized by the Friends of the Cabin John Creek .

 

April 21:

Brookside Gardens Earth Day Festival.  Interactive family-friendly activities include making an earth wind kite, going on a tree scavenger hunt, listening to storytime, and bringing home your own tree sapling to plant. There is also a green vendor and craft fair.

Electronics Recycling Event. GreenWheaton and the Department of Environmental Protection are hosting an electronic recycling event at Wheaton High School. Drop off your unwanted electronic items in the Wheaton High School Main parking lot near the front entrance.

Save a Birding Hot Spot. The Montgomery County Sierra Club, Montgomery Bird Club and Department of Environmental Protection are partnering to remove invasive plants from the diverse habitats surrounding the closed Oaks Landfill on the Blue Mash Nature Trail and return the area to a birding hot spot.

 

Photo of a Stream Steward talking about the watershed to several young people.April 22 (Earth Day!):

White Oak Senior Center Earth Day Fair.  Fair with informational booths, farmers market and other educational opportunities specific to seniors.

 

April 23:

Arbor Day Tree Planting and Ceremony. Girl scouts and school children will plant two trees in honor of Arbor Day. Rockville residents and guests are welcome to attend.

 

April 27:

Spring Festival and Native Plant Sale. The Croydon Creek Nature Center will have crafts, activities and animals on hand from 1 to 4 p.m. Plant pre-orders are due on April 11 and can be picked up the day of the festival.

Posted on March 27, 2013
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