Local Area Earth Day 2022 Events
THURSDAY, APRIL 21
Women Working for the Earth Summit (April 21-24) – 10am-9pm. Virtual summit brings together voices of thirty-five women and non-binary leaders ushering in a new paradigm – Winona LaDuke, Terry Tempest Williams, Leah Penniman, Rosemary Gladstar, Linda Black Elk, and many more. Learn more at www.natureevolutionaries.com. Free to attend live. Registration required. www.natureevolutionaries.com/women-working-for-the-earth.
FRIDAY, APRIL 22
Ballantyne Earth Day Event) – 8am-12pm. Securely shred old documents and recycle electronics at the annual Ballantyne Earth Day Event. 13856 Ballantyne Corporate Place, Charlotte. www.goballantyne.com.
Earth Day Celebration (April 22-24) – 8am-7pm. Celebrate Earth Day at the Anne Springs Close Greenway with exciting outdoor activities all weekend. See website for schedule; activities include lead-line horse rides, fishing clinics, kayaking, guided hikes, reptile encounters, historic cabin tours and more. Free entrance. $5 parking non-members. 2573 Lake Haigler Drive, Fort Mill. 803-547-4575. www.ascgreenway.org/events/signature-events/earth-day-celebration.
Earth Day Park and Neighborhood Clean-Up with Keep Charlotte Beautiful – 9am-12pm. We need a lot of energetic volunteers to help with a thorough cleanup of Albemarle Road. Email [email protected] or call 980-314-1046. Albemarle Road Park, 9120 E WT Harris Blvd, Charlotte
Earth Day Celebration at Organic Marketplace – 10am-4pm. Special sales, samples, giveaways, face painting, Earth flag-making and other activities will highlight the free event. www.organicmarketplacenc.com, 1012 S New Hope Rd, Gastonia. 704-864-0605.
Earth Day Recycle Right Meck County Webinar – 12-1pm. Advanced registration required to receive participant link. Learn how to recycle right, typically 40 minutes and 15 minutes for questions. Great for adults and teens. Register: https://bit.ly/RREarthDay2022
Earth Day Beautification Day – 3-6pm. Help us beautify the grounds of Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center. Email [email protected]. 2921 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte.
Earth Day Festival at Kings Mountain Preserve – 4-8pm. Come out and enjoy the sights and sounds at the 2nd annual Earth Day Festival at Kings Mountain Preserve. Live music performed by Kudzu Cowboys, guided tours, educational opportunities, giveaways, and food and beverages. Free. Kings Mountain Preserve, 321 Indian Springs Rd., Blacksburg. 877-375-2495. www.kingsmountainpreserve.com.
Ballantyne Movie Night: WALL-E – 5-9pm. “WALL-E” in celebration of Earth Day. Order food truck bites and take part in green-friendly activities before the flick on April 22. $5 per person and proceeds benefit Keep Charlotte Beautiful. Ballantyne’s Backyard, 11611 N Community House Rd, Charlotte. www.goballantyne.com.
10th Annual Charlotte Sustainability Awards – 6-9pm. Celebrate sustainability leadership in Greater Charlotte by attending Sustain Charlotte's 10th annual Charlotte Sustainability Awards, presented by Duke Energy. We bring together sustainability leaders from various disciplines and sectors to celebrate Charlotte's incredible strides towards a smarter and more sustainable future. Individuals -$105, Table for 8 - $750. Extravaganza Depot, 1610 N. Tryon, Charlotte. www.sustaincharlotte.org/awards.
SATURDAY, APRIL 23
Gastonia Shred Day – 8am-12pm. Celebrate Earth Day, keep electronics out of our landfill and protect yourself from identity theft. Limit of 3 cardboard banker boxes of sensitive materials per vehicle. Also, Electronic Recycling (Goodwill Recycling will handle all data destruction). Accepting any electronics. No Tube TV's. Free. Gastonia Farmers Market, 410 E. Long Avenue, Gastonia. 704-869-1008. www.cityofgastonia.com/the-events/shred-day.html.
Earth Day with Kids in Nature – 10am-1pm. Presented with Habitat and Wildlife Keepers (HAWK) and Great Outdoors University. Eco-friendly exhibits and vendors, hikes, scavenger hunts, nature crafts and STEM activities. Free. Squirrel Lake Park, 1631 Pleasant Plains Rd, Matthews. www.matthewsnc.gov.
Arbor Day Celebration Free Fun-K – 10am-2pm. A Fun Free run/walk for everyone followed by the City of Statesville Arbor Day Celebration. Register for run: https://runsignup.com/Race/NC/Statesville/ArborDayFunK Runners, walkers, dogs, strollers, and everyone else is welcome. Statesville Soccer Complex, 2012 Simonton Rd., Statesville. www.facebook.com/events/1160947714745514/?ref=newsfeed.
Charlotte Earth Day 2022 – 10am-3pm. An interactive, science-based, theatrically presented, family-learning celebration of life on Earth to encourage good stewardship. A one-day event for the whole family. Bring the kids, go on an information treasure hunt and use your Earth Passport at five knowledge stations. Free. First Ward Park, 301 E 7th St., Charlotte. www.charlotteearthday.com.
2nd Annual Kids in Nature Earth Day Celebration – 10am-3pm. With yoga starting us off, artisan vendors, raffle prize pack, food trucks, kids' activities like face painting, balloon animals, story time, scavenger hunts and educational exhibits. We wish to encourage kids and families to get outdoors. Free. Lindsay Pettus Greenway, 453 Colonial Dr, Lancaster. www.downtoearthco-op.com.
Charlotte Drive Electric Earth Day – 10am-3pm. Check out a variety of electric vehicles (EVs) in person to learn more about the benefits of EVs and talk to current EV drivers about their experiences. Just a block away from the Charlotte Earth Day Celebration in First Ward Park. Free. Victoria Yards, 408 N Tryon Street, Charlotte. www.driveelectricearthday.org/event?eventid=3167.
SATURDAY, APRIL 30
Garibaldi Festival Arbor Day Celebration – 12-6pm. Presented by the Environmental Sustainability Board, eco-friendly vendors, flower raffle and ladybug release. Stowe Park, 24 S Main St, Belmont. www.cityofbelmont.org.
Earth Jam 2022 – 4:30-7:30pm. Join us at Robbins Park and enjoy free "green" activities including crafts, demonstrations, wildlife habitat improvements, nature walks, plus live bands and more. For sponsorship opportunities and event information, email Mike Wolf or call 704.892.6031 x192. FREE. Robbins Park, 17738 W. Catawba Avenue, Cornelius. 704-892-6031. www.cornelius.org/282/Earth-Jam.