EarthShare NC E-News: Earth Day 2015 Special Edition

It's Earth Month! Our Member nonprofits have organized events across the state to help you learn about, protect, and enjoy NC's natural resources. Please take advantage of the events below, and remember that you can find Member events on our Public Calendar year round. 

 

I particularly hope you will join EarthShare NC for the 1st annual Corporate Earth Day Breakfast on April 22nd at the new 21c Museum Hotel. The Breakfast is the finale to a new series of events we launched this year. Reserve your ticket here.

 

Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

Allison Harrison

Outreach & Engagement Director

EarthShare North Carolina

EARTH DAY EVENTS

Western NC

MountainTrue
Earth Day Vigil
April 19, 5:30-6:30 PM
The Creation Care Alliance of WNC is hosting a "Let There Be Light" Earth Day Vigil celebrating God's creation and calling on people of faith to care for it. The public is invited to join from 5:30-6:30 p.m. April 19 at the Cathedral of All Souls in Biltmore Village, 9 Swan St., for an afternoon of song, reflection, and messages of inspiration and action from local faith and community leaders. See event details at http://mountaintrue.org/let-there-be-light-earthday/
Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy
Wildflower Walk
April 23
Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy invites you to join them for a Weekday Wildflower Walk at Sherwood Forest, a private residential community in Transylvania County on Thursday, April 23rd. The wildflower walk will last about two and a half hours and take participants through a rich cove forest, stopping along the way to view and discuss flowers. Click  here to sign up.
Central NC
LandTrust for Central North Carolina
Earth Day Jam
April 17-19
Weekend-long Earth Day Jam will also celebrate the 20th anniversary of The LandTrust for Central North Carolina. With a stellar line up of music (including Tim Reynolds!) and plenty of fun activities for  the kids, EDJ brings the community together to celebrate Mother Earth. For information and  tickets, please visit the Earth Day Jam website by clicking  here .


Charlotte Area

Clean Air Carolina & Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation

Majora Carter Talk

April 16, 6 PM

Join CRF and CAC  for a talk by Majora Carter at Johnson C. Smith University, presented by the Indaba Council of Elders. Majora Carter was awarded a 2005 MacArthur "genius" grant and is an urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster. She is responsible for the creation & successful implementation of numerous green-infrastructure projects, policies, and job training and placement systems. You can find info about Carter and view her TED talk here and find out about the event here.

Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

TRACK Trails Grand Openings

April 22, 10 AM

Come have fun at the grand openings of three TRACK Trails in Mecklenburg County on Earth Day! Each location will host several activities, including ribbon-cutting ceremonies, guided hikes, and a bonfire. Click here to see details.

Clean Air Carolina

6th Annual Walk & Run

April 25, 8 AM

Gather your friends and family and celebrate Earth Day with a walk or run for clean air! Clean Air Carolina is gearing up for our 6th Annual 5K Run & Walk for Clean Air on April 25, 2015 in the historic South End of Charlotte. Register here. Click here to view photos of the 2014 5K Run & Walk for Clean Air on Flickr!


Triangle Area
Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation
Paddle & Cleanup

April 18, 8 AM paddle/ 10 AM cleanup

Join Neuse RiverKeeper Foundation to the upper Neuse River paddle and cleanup event. The group will be paddling from Falls Lake Dam to Capital Blvd in Raleigh and doing a walking cleanup at Falls Lake Dam/ Greeenway. NRF will have boats for people to use. This should be a fun event and good for the river as well. For signup click here. Visit their Facebook Page to learn more about this event: here

Eno River Association

Earth Evening at Eno River Park

April 24, 6-8 PM

Join a celebration of Earth Day at Eno River Park in downtown Hillsborough. Take part in environmental programs for the entire family. Hands-on activities for the kids designed to educate, inspire, and entertain them in the spirit of Earth Day. Bring used cooking oil, cell phones, and fluorescent light bulbs to be recycled. For more information: 919-245-2516.

SEEDS

Pie Social

April 25, 1-5 PM

This year's Pie Social will take on a festival flavor, with fun activities including multiple Pie Walks, face painting and other games to play while you are in between pie slices. This delicious annual event will offer the opportunity to try different locally concocted pies, get to know SEEDS, meet the DIG Youth Crew, hang out in the garden, and enjoy a beautiful day. Purchase tickets now!

Triangle Land Conservancy

Some events require registration. View these events and more on TLC's Earth Month schedule here

Walking with the Giants

Guided hikes featuring wisdom and writings of environmental giants.

Monday, April 20         Johnston Mill, Orange County 10am- Noon

Wednesday, April 22   Horton Grove, Durham County 4-6 pm

Thursday, April 23       White Pines, Chatham County 10am -Noon

Friday, April 24           Swift Creek Bluffs, Wake County 4-6 pm

Saturday, April 25       Temple Flat Rock, Wake County 10am-Noon

 

Earth Day Paddles- Deep River Park

Wednesday, April 22 and Sunday, April 26 (10am meet , trips 3.5 - 5 hours)

 

Horton Grove Hike with TLC and Historic Stagville

Tour slave houses and Great Barn, hike, and learn the history of the land.

Friday, April 24, 1pm

 

White Pines Nature Preserve Trail-Building Work Day

Saturday, April 25, 9am

Coastal Region
Tar River Land Conservancy
Field Day on the Farm

April 18, 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Join Tar River Land Conservancy for their annual gathering, held this year at Heptinstall Place in Halifax County. Visitors will enjoy a tour of the antebellum house, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places; a catered lunch; live music; and activities for children. After lunch, take a guided nature hike and learn about the 76-acre conservation easement placed on the property by the Vaughan family. Register today!

North Carolina Coastal Land Trust

Fifth annual Flytrap Frolic

April 25, 9 AM-1 PM 

The North Carolina Coastal Land Trust presents the fifth annual Flytrap Frolic at the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden on April 25 from 9am-1pm. Special activities include flytrap "feely boxes" exploration, flytrap kids' crafts and facepainting, plant scavenger hunt, walking tours, and MORE! Bring your neighbors, friends, and family to learn about our native insectivorous plants! Click here to learn more details.

North Carolina Coastal Federation
Oyster Restoration Event

April 17 and April 23, 9 AM- Noon or 1 - 4 PM

The North Carolina Coastal Federation invites community members and volunteers to an oyster shell and marl bagging event at Carolina Beach State Park on Friday, April 17th and/or Tuesday, April 23rd from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The oyster shell and marl bags will be used to create shoreline oyster reefs in the Cape Fear River. Register here.

WORKPLACES CELEBRATE EARTH DAY
Earth Month is a great time to rally your company in support of conservation nonprofits. Eleven corporate teams are participating in EarthShare NC's #CorporateChallengeNC in the Triangle on April 16th, volunteering with the following nonprofits:
  • SEEDS: SAS Eco Advocates, TheeDesign Studio, Self Help
  • Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail: G&S Business Communications.
  • Carolina Tiger Rescue: Hughes Pittman & Gupton and Sepi Engineering & Construction
  • Triangle Land Conservancy: Triangle Community Foundation
  • Eno River Association: BuildSense
  • Keep Durham Beautiful: Sports Endeavors at Whippoorwill Park, AgBiome at Elmira Avenue Park

How is your workplace celebrating Earth Day? Send allison@earthsharenc.org your workplace Earth Month story and we'll feature you in the May/June E-News!

Did you know?  Earth Day Network , global coordinator of Earth Day, is an EarthShare NC Member nonprofit. Earth Day Network is a leader in environmental education and forges alliances on issues including climate change and a post-carbon economy. The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world. See more at EarthDay.org
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