Each year, Mecklenburg County joins agencies and organizations from around the world in recognizing April 22 as Earth day. This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and remember the importance of protecting our environment.
This year’s celebration will feature many family-friendly activities and events that will help residents discover Mecklenburg’s good nature and how to be better stewards of the environment.
Land Use and Environment Services Agency
Compost Central and Recycling Center Open HouseThe County will be welcoming its customers to the new Compost Central and Recycling Center with a community event to showcase the facility and its use, and provide food, education and entertainment. There will be an array of trucks and equipment for the children to take pictures with and admire. Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 140 Valleydale Road, Charlotte
Recycle the Runway Eco Avant Garde Fashion ShowThis unique fashion show offers students attending a Mecklenburg public or private school an amazing opportunity to design, create and model an Avant Garde outfit from recyclable materials. Saturday, April 22, 1 p.m., Northlake Mall
Mecklenburg County Park and RecreationRegister for programs by visiting www.parkandrec.com and clicking on Eparks. Use the course code listed for the class you wish to register for.
Earth Day at First Ward Park
Bring a picnic lunch and lawn chairs to enjoy this beautiful outside event and celebrate Mother Earth. Activities include face painting, acrobats, juggling and more!
Saturday, April 22, 1 - 5 p.m. First Ward Park, FREE
Family Campout Want to discover Reedy Creek after dark? Want to try out camping but don't want to buy all the gear? This is your opportunity to learn more about camping and to enjoy nature at a slower pace. We will provide tents, a campfire, games and even a couple of hikes. Marshmallows and light breakfast are also included! Stress-free camping at its finest! All Ages#58100 Apr 21 Fri 5:30 p.m. to Apr 22 Sat 9:00 a.m. $9
Spring Biodiversity TripJoin us this spring for a wonderful adventure that will take us to the shores of the Neuse River and the coastal area of North Carolina where we will immerse ourselves in the beauty and richness of our surroundings. We will be staying in cabins at Don Lee Center located in Arapahoe, NC. From here we will explore the Neuse River, wander around a barrier island and hike in the only true coastal forest in the east. Age 18+#57933 Apr 21 Fri 9 a.m. to Apr 23 Sun 9 a.m. $200
Pollinator Pals Do you know a bee's favorite type of flower? Can you name a nocturnal pollinator? Join us for an interactive approach to learn more about our pollinator friends and their favorite foods. Work together as a family to start your own pollinator garden. Plant your first flower with us! Age 8+#58101 Apr 22 Sat 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. FREE
Nature Rocks!Get some energy out as you explore the ground beneath your feet. Learn basic rock types and how they form with games and hands-on activities. Bring home a rockin' goodie bag! Age 12+#58102 Apr 23 Sun 1p .m. to 2 p.m. FREE
Latta Plantation Nature Center
Every Day Is Earth Day Every day is an earth day, but April 22 is the official day for celebrating! Drop in at the nature center anytime this Friday to get ready to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday. We’ll have crafts, animal meet and greets, and much more going on hourly throughout the day!All Ages#58311 Apr 21 Fri 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. FREE
Earth Day CelebrationDrop in to the nature center to play games and create crafts to celebrate Earth Day! All Ages#58428 Apr 22 Sat 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. FREE
Sunset Kayak TourStart your weekend serenity on Friday evenings in April by kayaking on Mountain Island Lake with a certified instructor. We'll explore the peaceful coves while opening our senses up to the beauty around us and, weather permitting, set ourselves up to watch the sunset over the water. All equipment provided! Age 12 and up #58365 Apr 21 Fri 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. $15 for single kayak#58366 Apr 21 Fri 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. $25 for tandem
McDowell Nature Center
TGIF at McDowell! Come to McDowell Nature Preserve on select Friday afternoons for a variety of fun and nature-based educational activities, such as guided hikes, nature games, crafts and exploration. Meet new friends in an exciting new setting. Registration required.Ages At least 6 but less than 12 #58136 Apr 21 Fri 3:30 p.m. Free
Family Campfire Join McDowell Nature staff as we warm up next to a roaring campfire. Learn how to safely light a fire, make s'mores and listen to the sounds of nature after dark. Registration required for all participants.All Ages#58104 Apr 21 Fri 6:00 p.m. Free
Family Prairie Sweep Join a naturalist at McDowell Nature Preserve to discover the local flora and fauna in our 150-acre restoration prairie. The prairie is home to grassland species such as Field Sparrows, Eastern Bluebirds, and the endangered Schweinitz's Sunflower. We will be led on a short hike through this unique habitat and perform a prairie sweep to catch insects! Registration requiredAge 6 and up #58140 Apr 22 Sat 2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m. Free
McDowell Sunday Striders Join staff from the McDowell Nature Center on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month for our NEW adult hiking club. Get fit while enjoying the outdoors as we set off at a comfortable yet steady pace through the McDowell Nature Preserve. These hikes are for those who are new to hiking or even the more skilled participant and will cover 2-3 miles on uneven terrain. Registration required.Age 18 and up #58085 Apr 23 Sun 1:00 p.m. Free
Sunday Nature Happenings Join a naturalist from the McDowell Nature Center on select Sundays for a drop-in nature program. Each program will feature a different nature activity such as an animal encounter, family hike, scavenger hunt, craft and more. Dress for the weather and bring your sense of adventure. Registration is not required.Any age#58082 Apr 23 Sun 3:00 p.m. Free
Lake Wylie Family Kayak Tour Paddle around the edges of Lake Wylie with certified instructors. Learn the history of Lake Wylie and meet new people in a fun environment. All equipment provided. Registration required.Ages 5-9 (tandem with an adult) Ages 10 and up (single or tandem) #59650 April 22 Sat 9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Single $15#59651 April 22 Sat 9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m. Tandem $20
Charlotte B-CycleCharlotte B-Cycle is offering free bike rentals all day on Friday, April 21. To take advantage of this great opportunity, visit a B-Cycle station and use promo code 4212017. Bike riders are still required to check bikes in every 30 minutes.
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