Join Friends in celebrating our environment in a special way for the month of April. Earth Day is April 22, marking the anniversary of the beginning of environmental awareness. Although Friends strives for the conservation and protection of our natural and cultural resources every day, there is always more to be done!
Perhaps try one (or five) of these steps to make our environment even better for you and your family this month.
1. Install a bird feeder or make a pinecone bird feeder for the yard as a family. Recently, Friends of Hamburg worked with their park and local scouts to install bluebird boxes. What a fun, great way to welcome spring!
2. Cache in, Trash out
Geocachers hold this great philosophy and even host events to focus on litter cleanup, removal of invasive species, re-vegetation efforts or building trails. However, this can easily happen with every geocaching adventure if you grab a trash bag and keep your eyes open! You don’t have to geocache to participate. Bring a trash bag with you as you hike or take your neighborhood walks. A little effort can make a great difference!
Consider using reusable cloth grocery sacks next time you make a trip to the store or take your paper and plastic goods to your recycling center rather than dumping in the trash. Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park regularly service nine plastic and aluminum recycling stations throughout the park on a weekly basis. Consider starting a home recycling program or volunteer with Friends to keep Georgia green!
4. Go Green
Show your support for the environment by wearing green on April 22 for Earth Day. Wear earth tones throughout the month and use this opportunity as a conversation starter to share the importance of caring for the environment with family and friends.
5. Planting projects
Plant a native tree or grow a garden. Both are great ways to practice sustainability efforts and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Finally, throughout this month, take the opportunity to spend extra time outdoors. Soak in the warm sun and enjoy the recreational opportunities our parks have to offer. Consider visiting Laura Walker State Park on April 18 for a ranger-led hike as you learn about the longleaf pine ecosystem and the animals that live in the area. Or, maybe some time on the water sounds appealing. Crooked River is having an Earth Day River Paddle on April 22. Start off in a maze of marsh grasses before opening into scenic views and abundant wildlife as you kayak the coastal waters. Just make sure to register in advance, as reservations are required.
As you celebrate this month, make sure to take photos and share with us on Facebook and Instagram! If you’re ready to take that extra step of support, make your donation to Friends today so that, together, we can reach our preservation goals for a more sustainable future!