13 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in Charlotte

Remind your kids the importance of taking care of the world we live in at one of these fun events.
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Take part in an Earth Day Celebration at Anne Springs Close Greenway April 16.

Now entering its 46th year, Earth Day helps remind us to be good stewards for the world we live in and support the environment. Earth Day falls on April 22 this year, but there are events happening all throughout the month. Below are 13 places in the Charlotte area where you can take part.

Earth Day Celebration on the Greenway

(April 16.)

Anne Springs Close Greenway, 288 Dairy Barn Lane, Ft. Mill. 10am. Free. Join in a fun day that includes a "Recycled Runway" competition, guided nature and history hikes, canoeing, kayaking, farm animals, a kids' zone, geocaching, and horse and wagon rides. Events are located at the Greenway's Dairy Barn entrance. ascgreenway.org.

Earth Day Play Date

(April 16.)

Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road. 10am-1pm. $8; includes museum admission. Learn about gardening with kids, go on a bug hunt, join a naturalist on a guided nature walk through the bottomland forest, and more. charlottenaturemuseum.org.

Forest Sculpture

(April 17).

Reedy Creek Nature Preserve, 2900 Rocky River Road. 1:30-3:30pmFree. Celebrate Earth Day by making your own forest sculptures on the trails for others to enjoy. No outside materials. parkandrec.com.

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Earth Day at Discovery Place

(April 22.)

Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St. 9am-4pm. $12; includes museum admission. Learn about ways to help the earth and celebrate what makes the earth diverse. Trees Charlotte will pass out seedlings so visitors can help keep Charlotte's canopy growing. discoveryplace.org.

Earth Day at Discovery Place KIDS

(April 22.)

Discovery Place KIDS, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville. 11am. $10; includes museum admission. Help plan this year's crops in The Learning Garden. discoveryplacekids.org.

Celebrate Earth Day

(April 23.)

McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road. 9:30am-4:30pm. Free. Drop by anytime to celebrate Earth Day by going on a scavenger hunt, making a recycled craft, and taking the recycling relay challenge. Also, meet resident wildlife ambassadors during scheduled presentations at 10am, 2pm, and 4pm. parkandrec.com.

Wild Earth

(April 23.)

The Schiele Museum of Natural History, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd. 10am-4pm. $6-$7. Celebrate Earth Day with activities, crafts, live music and more as you experience the wonder of the wild world around you. schielemuseum.org.

Earth and Arbor Day

(April 23.)

Stallings Muncipal Park, 340 Stallings Road, Stallings. 10am-1pm. Free. Celebrate Earth Day with vendors, arts, crafts and interactive activities. stallingsnc.org.

Earth Day Celebration

(April 23.)

Stumptown Park, S. Trade St., Matthews. 10am-2pm. Free. Celebrate Earth Day with animal and wildlife exhibits, food vendors, raffles, and other eco-friendly businesses and services. matthewsnc.gov.

Family Earth Day Celebration

(April 23.)

Robbins Park, 17738 W. Catawba Ave., Cornelius. 10am-noon. Free. Nature walks, a scavenger hunt, arts and crafts, and demonstrations for the whole family. cornelius.org.

Arbor Day Earth Day Celebration

(April 23.)

Goat Island Park, 305 Greenwood Place, Cramerton. 11am-2pm. Free. Fun for all ages, including activities for children and families, live music, and vendors selling local eco-friendly goods. cityofbelmont.org.

Track Trails: Earth Day Edition

(April 24.)

McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road. 3-4pm. Free. Take a guided nature hike to see what you can find in the McDowell Nature Preserve. This hike will cover the new Track Trails program, which includes a 1.2-mile hike along the trail system. parkandrec.com

Earth Day Birthday at Museum of York County

(April 30.)

Museum of York County, 4621 Mt. Gallant Road. 10am-3pm. $3-$6. Enjoy activities, games, live entertainment and more than 30 educational exhibits, each with a hands-on environmental message.  Shop in the eco-marketplace for items made from recycled materials. Pony rides and family-friendly foods available. chmuseums.org.

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