Local Area Earth Day 2021 Events
MONDAY, APRIL 5
Earth Day, Every Day Live Webinar Series – 6:30pm. Every Monday through April 26. Co-created by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County, a program of the Rutgers New Jersey Agriculture Experiment Station, and supported in part by Union County Board of Commissioners. It connects the community with fact-based guidance that empowers people to improve their own well-being, while also contributing to a safe, healthy environment. Virtual Event. Free. Register in advance: envirostewards.rutgers.edu/Earth-Day.
TUESDAY, APRIL 13
Pollinator Gardening in the Piedmont – 6:30-8pm. Join our virtual Earth Day event for homeowners and learn the benefits of creating a pollinator garden using native plants of the piedmont region. Virtual Event. Free. CharlotteWildlife.org/community-programs.html.
FRIDAY, APRIL 16
Anne Springs Close Greenway Earth Day Weekend – Apr 16-18. Join us for events all weekend including a recycled art competition, campfire snack demonstration, guided hike/history, try archery, kayaking, master gardener presentations, fairy house/gnome home building, fire starting and more. 2573 Lake Haigler Dr., Fort Mill, SC. Free for members, $5 parking for non-members. ASCGreenway.org/event/earth-day-weekend/.
SATURDAY, APRIL 17
Earth Day Meck County Confidential Paper Shredding Event – 9am-12pm (or until trucks are full). Residents are encouraged to bring up to 3 banker boxes of their confidential papers to be shredded. 140 Valleydale Rd., Charlotte. Free. MeckNC.gov/LUESA/SolidWaste/Disposal-Recycling/Pages/Full%20Service%20Facilities.aspx.
Nurtured By Nature Reedy Creek Nature Preserve Earth Day Event – 9am-12pm. Low-key class which may include slow/meditative walking through the woods, pausing for observation, breathwork, inspirational readings/storytelling, meditation and journaling. 2900 Rocky River Rd., Charlotte. Free. anc.apm.activecommunities.com/mecklenburgparks/activity/search/detail/111507?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true
MONDAY, APRIL 19
Ballantyne Earth Day – 12pm daily Apr 19-23. Events will focus on sustainable living, health and making an impact on the local community. Check back for finalized events for the week of Earth Day like fitness classes, virtual learning opportunity and family movie night. Virtual and on-site. 15801 Brixham Hill Ave., Charlotte. Free. GoBallantyne.com/event/ballantyne-earth-day/2021-04-19/.
TUESDAY, APRIL 20
Nature Scavenger Hunt - Earth Day – 1-3:30pm. Stop by anytime, grab your scavenger hunt kit and explore the habitats around Eastway. 3150 Eastway Dr., Charlotte (meet in parking lot of Eastway Regional Recreation Center). Free. anc.apm.activecommunities.com/mecklenburgparks/activity/search/detail/111426?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true.
THURSDAY, APRIL 22
19th Annual Earth Day Event at Organic Marketplace – 10am-4pm. Join us in honoring the Earth and enjoy samples, spin to win specials, Earth Day bags (while supplies last) and special product discounts throughout the store. 1012 S. New Hope Rd., Gastonia. Free. 704-864-0605. OrganicMarketplaceNC.com.
Earth Day Seed Giveaway at Mallard Creek Recreation Center – 10am-12pm. Celebrate by planting green beans, register in advance, drive through and pick up packets of seeds and planting instructions. 2530 Johnston Oehler Rd., Charlotte. Free. Must register in advance: anc.apm.activecommunities.com/mecklenburgparks/activity/search/detail/111896?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true.
Earth Day Preschool Story Time at Mallard Creek Recreation Center – 10:30-11:30am. We will dig right in by reading the book "Jo MacDonald Had a Garden" in this virtual gathering and then make a craft. Virtual Event. Free. Must register in advance: anc.apm.activecommunities.com/mecklenburgparks/activity/search/detail/111891?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true.
Celebrate Earth Day at Bette Rae Thomas – 11am-12pm. Participants should bring an old t-shirt to make a shopping bag and register in advance. 2921 Tuckaseegee Rd., Charlotte. Free. [email protected]. 980-314-1111. anc.apm.activecommunities.com/mecklenburgparks/activity/search/detail/111913?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true
City of Belmont Virtual Earth Day Celebration – 12pm. Join the panel discussion for great environmental information from local experts and chances to win prizes. Virtual Event. Free. Facebook.com/events/129284775694519.
Earth Day Recycle Right Meck County Webinar – 12-1pm. An interactive presentation and dialogue with Mecklenburg County residents on how to Recycle Right. Typically, 40 minutes with 15 minutes for questions. Virtual Event. Free. Registration required to receive participation link: bit.ly/RecycleRightApr22.
Happy Earth Day at Stevens Creek Nature Center – 1-3pm. Create your own Earth, make a pledge, or develop and play on tin drums as we honor the world we inhabit. 15700 Thompson Rd., Mint Hill. Free. anc.apm.activecommunities.com/mecklenburgparks/activity/search/detail/111451?onlineSiteId=0&from_original_cui=true
Charlotte Sustainability Awards – 6-7:30pm. Help Sustain Charlotte honor smart growth and sustainability leadership across the Charlotte region at Charlotte's premier sustainability networking event. Welcoming remarks from Charlotte Mayor, Vi Lyles. All proceeds from the awards help Sustain Charlotte further their mission to inspire choices that lead to healthy, equitable, and vibrant communities across the Charlotte metro region for generations to come.
Virtual Event. $25. SustainCharlotte.org/Awards.
SATURDAY, APRIL 24
Celebrate Earth Day Shred & Recycling Event – 8am-12pm. Protect yourself from identity theft, limit of 3 cardboard banker boxes per vehicle and all shredded documents will be recycled. Free Electronic Recycling, Goodwill Recycling will handle all data destruction. Accepting electronics, any brand, any condition. Tube TV's not accepted. Gastonia Farmers Market, 410 E. Long Ave., Gastonia. Free. CityofGastonia.com/events-keep-gastonia-beautiful.html.
NOTE: Earth Day Festival at Kings Mountain Preserve is rescheduled for May 8
SATURDAY, MAY 8
Earth Day Festival at Kings Mountain Preserve – 12-6pm. Come listen to great music from West End String Band, tour the dogwoods and enjoy nature at the Preserve’s first annual Earth Day Festival. 321 Indian Springs Rd., Blacksburg, SC. Free. 877-375-2495. KingsMountainPreserve.com.