EarthShare Georgia and our member organizations are working for the day when our air, land and water are clean, abundant and healthy. Join us this Earth Day and every day for a greener future.

April 2-3
Spring Native Plant Sale
Chattahoochee Nature Center
Attract butterflies, pollinators, birds, and more to your garden by adding native plants. Going native provides a wealth of benefits to your space, including privacy, beauty, blossoms, food, and homes to our wide diversity of animals. Over 100 species of plants are available, and Horticulturists and knowledgeable volunteers will be on site to help you plant the garden of your dreams. Herbs and veggies for the edible garden will also be available. Follow the signs to the greenhouse and enjoy the Spring Native Plant Sale. Free Admission to the garden area. Reservations are required to secure your

Now through June 21
Hikes for Health Challenge
REI and Kaiser Permanente have joined forces with 10 Atlanta-area organizations to encourage the public to hike, walk, or jog 10 trails in their 10 greenspaces over the next 10 months with the Hikes for Health Challenge.  The Challenge, which launched in August 2020 during National Wellness Month, is a great way to explore beloved trails as part of a prescription for better physical and mental health and a stronger life.

Now through end of June
Great American Cleanup
Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation
Communities across the state are engaging in cleanup efforts, recycling drives, educational workshops, and beautification events. We strive to actively engage volunteers, local businesses, and civic leaders in improving Georgia’s environment, and this year, due to the pandemic, we will focus on individual/family cleanups and small groups. If you would like to discover how to participate where you live, check out our list of statewide events.

Now thru Oct 21, 2021
The Banff Mountain Film Festival (at-home screening)
The Georgia Conservancy
View this year’s Banff Mountain Film Festival selections from the comfort of your own environment! Viewers will have two film screening programs to chose from – each containing a number of the year’s best short adventure films. A portion of the proceeds support the Georgia Conservancy.

March 27, 2021
Sweep the Hooch
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
Sweep the Hooch is an annual watershed-wide trash cleanup that brings together hundreds of volunteers each year at 50+ parks, tributaries, and access points along the Chattahoochee River. Volunteers can walk, don waders or paddle to help pick up litter and protect the watershed we all share. There is no cost to take part in Sweep the Hooch, but all volunteers are required to register in advance.

April 3, 2021
Eggstravaganza Spring Festival Celebrating our Environment
Rum Creek Park
Fun Filled community event with egg hunts, vendors, inflatables, and more! Mask & Social Distancing Required. EarthShare Georgia member organization Reynolds Nature Preserve will be there facilitating a DIY seed planting craft for kids!

April 6, 2021
2021 Legislative Session Recap (virtual)
The Georgia Conservancy

April 6, 2021
VIRTUAL Science Night: Wood Warblers in Georgia
Elachee Nature Science Center 
This event features guest speaker Giff Beaton, Author, Photographer and Naturalist. Participants will receive the ZOOM Meeting credentials in the registration confirmation email. Elachee Nature Science Center is pleased to host this monthly virtual Science Night to engage the community in environmental education and discussion. This program is best suited for adults.

April 10, 2021
Volunteer at the Hartnett Community Garden
West Atlanta Watershed Alliance
Help us maintain our Urban Garden & Resiliency Oasis at the Hartnett Community Garden! All are welcome! We at West Atlanta Watershed Alliance are looking for volunteers to help us maintain the Urban Garden & Resiliency Oasis and the Hartnett Community garden. All who are interested and ready to work should sign up! We look forward to seeing you there.

April 10, 2021
Service Learning Saturdays @ the Outdoor Activity Center
West Atlanta Watershed Alliance
This program facilitated by the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance and made possible by a grant from USDA Forest Service for our Atlanta Children’s Forest Network, provides the opportunity for youth 10 years and older to participate in meaningful activities encouraging conservation, stewardship and experiential learning on the second Saturday of every month (excluding January and July).

April 10-11, 2021
Spring on the Satilla
Georgia River Network
A Georgia River Network favorite, Spring on the Satilla is a chance to escape to a wild azalea-lined paddle path at the height of a beautiful spring season. Enjoy two days of exploring the Satilla’s blackwater and the many creeks and sloughs that feed it and two nights of on-river camping at the private Satilla Lodge. Call to action/general info: Visit garivers.org/grn-events to learn more and register. All trips will strictly follow CDC guidelines to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus.

April 13, 2021
Diversity in the Outdoors – Hosted by Generation Green (virtual)
The Georgia Conservancy

April 16, 2021
Undoing Racism Workshop(Virtual )- April 2021
West Atlanta Watershed Alliance
This unique workshop is offered by The People’s Institute, a national, multiracial, anti-racist network dedicated to ending racism and other forms of institutional oppression. Over the last 39 years, we have provided training, consultation, and leadership development to more than 750,000 people in organizations nationally and internationally.

Sat Apr 17, 9:30am-10:45am
Family Fun: Spring Showers and Rain Sticks
Morningside Nature Preserve
Trees Atlanta
April showers bring May flowers. Join us for this in-person program to explore the Morningside Nature Preserve with Tyke Hike. We will go on a mini-hike, read a spring story book, make a rainstick to celebrate spring showers and have fun outdoors! Ideal for ages 2-6. Registration required. Limited capacity.

April 17 and May 16, 2021
6th Annual Georgia Bird Fest
Georgia Audubon
Birds, y’all! As Georgia’s largest bird and nature festival, Georgia Bird Fest features a full month of activities, including guided field trips to Georgia’s best birding hotspots, nature-based workshops, and guest speakers. Events are tailored to all levels of bird, nature, and outdoor enthusiasts—there’s something for everyone at Georgia Bird Fest!

April 18, 2021
Georgia Bird Fest Opening Keynote featuring Scott Weidensaul, ornithologist and author (webinar)
Georgia Audubon
Even as scientists make astounding discoveries about the navigational and physiological feats that enable migratory birds to cross immense oceans or fly above the highest mountains, go weeks without sleep or remain in unbroken flight for months at a stretch, humans have brought many migrants to the brink. Based on his forthcoming book A World on the Wing, author and researcher Scott Weidensaul will take us around the globe — with researchers in the lab probing the limits of what migrating birds can do, to the shores of the Yellow Sea in China, the remote mountains of northeastern India where tribal villages saved the greatest gathering of falcons on the planet, and the Mediterranean, where activists and police – battle bird poachers — to learn how people are fighting to understand and save the world’s great bird migrations. Scott Weidensaul is the author of more than two dozen books on natural history, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist Living on the Wind, as well as Return to Wild America, and The First Frontier. His newest book, A World on the Wing, about global migration, will be released in spring 2021.

April 19, 2021
Earth Day Leadership Event
EarthShare Georgia
Take a “breather” at this virtual Earth Day event while we explore this year’s theme: AIR. You can’t see it, but it has a direct effect on your health and the environment. Keynote Speaker, Chandra Farley, Just Energy Director for Partnership for Southern Equity will address the importance of clean air, its relation to disease and our health while providing steps we can take to reduce air pollution and ensure cleaner air. This event also includes annual awards presentation and breakout sessions with Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Georgia Audubon and Southface to dive deeper into the topic. Register online.

April 20, 2021
City Cycling – The REI Partnership Edition
Atlanta Bicycle Coalition
To participate in the program, RSVP below, and you will receive a virtual Zoom meeting link for the April 20th Pre-Ride. You will receive a meeting link for the Post-Ride before April 27th. Sign-ups are limited to the first 50. Here you can learn about other classes to

April 20, 2021
Oysters 201 – Sustainable Mariculture (virtual)
The Georgia Conservancy

April 21, 4-8pm, 
BINGO! It’s Earth Day!
Meet at The Shed, Ponce City Market
Join Georgia Forestry Foundation and Trees Atlanta to celebrate Earth Day  (a day early!). Come by and pick up an Earth Day BINGO game card, walk the Atlanta BeltLine to check off your squares, and return your BINGO card for prizes!

April 22, 2021
Digitally Connected and Environmentally Conscious: Reducing Our Personal Carbon Footprint
Southface

April 22, 2021
Webinar: Liberation and Hope through Black Art
Georgia Audubon
Through poetry, prose, and visual art, this panel will highlight the artistic expression of Black joy, history, and perspectives in and through nature, and the role that art plays in healing, liberation, and protecting the diversity of creatures with which we share this planet. Panelists include Dr. Drew Lanham, ornithologist, author, and poet; Rasheena Fountain, writer and educator with a focus on Black land connections and environmental memory; and Isaiah Scott, a high school nature artist, ecotourism entrepreneur, and naturalist.

April 24, 2021
Tallapoosa River Pedal-Paddle
Georgia River Network
Georgia River Network’s first bike-paddle adventure of the year visits the Dub Denman Canoe Trail on the Tallapoosa River. Enjoy seven miles of pedaling Haralson County backroads followed by 10 miles of paddling on the intimate Tallapoosa.

April 24, 2021
Green Reads Book Club (virtual)
The Georgia Conservancy
Seeking Eden: A Collection of Georgia’s Historic Gardens w/ author Staci Catron. Hosted by Atlanta’s A Cappella Books, Green Reads Book Club is a Georgia Conservancy-led discussion of select environmentally-focused books.

May 1, 2021
Valley River Rally
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

Valley River Rally

The Valley River Rally is an easy-going paddle trip and community gathering that draws people together from around the Middle Chattahoochee region. This annual event kicks off in the evening with the launch of kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards at Hardley Creek Park for a three-mile paddle along the Chattahoochee River. Proceeds from the event support Chattahoochee Riverkeeper programs like the West Point Lake Floating Classroom and Neighborhood Water Watch. To learn more about the event, and how you can participate, click this link: https://chattahoochee.org/vrr/

May 4, 2021
Parks & Greenspace Conference: The New Cases for Parks
Park Pride
During The New Case for Parks, the theme of Park Pride’s 20th annual conference, we will dive deep into this altered landscape and how the issues of racial justice, public health, civil unrest, and extreme weather events have renewed public interest in greenspace and ignited an urgent need to invest in our park systems for the benefit of all communities.

May 7, 2021
Sustainability in Action Roundtable
Southface

Events

The Sustainability in Action Roundtable (SART) is a policy and discussion forum open to the public, that focuses on environmental and social issues facing metro Atlanta, the region and beyond. Topic for May is Financing the Regenerative Economy: Resources to Power the Transition.

May 8, 2021
Ocmulgee River Pedal-Paddle
Georgia River Network
Join Georgia River Network for an 8-mile paddle on the Ocmulgee River Water Trail, an 11-mile bicycle ride and a visit to the Ocmulgee Wild Hog Festival.

May 16, 2021
Georgia Bird Fest Closing Keynote featuring Carolyn Finney, Ph.D., author and cultural geographer (webinar)
Georgia Audubon
Dreaming Green: Christian Cooper, John Muir, & Playing the Long Game: Christian Cooper. George Floyd. Removal of Confederate Statues. Renaming of institutions. Reparations. Systemic Racism. John Muir? What does the environment have to do with it? How do we meet this moment? Drawing from her book, Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors, her relationships “in the field,” her lived experience, and this moment of reckoning, Dr. Finney explores the complexities and contradictions of American history as it relates to green space, race, and the power to shape the places we live in our own image. By engaging in “green” conversations with diverse people around the country, she considers the power of resistance and resilience in the emergence of creative responses to environmental and social challenges in our cities and beyond.

May 21, 2021
Volunteer Training: Water Quality Monitoring
Flint Riverkeeper
Our volunteers monitoring water quality in their local tributaries are the front lines in our fight to protect the Flint River! If you have an extra hour one day each month, we need you! Checking water quality is a family-friendly activity and makes a great science lesson for the kiddos. After you complete this training course, you’ll be fully certified in Adopt-A-Stream testing and ready to start sending us data!

May 29, 2021
Tugaloo River Water Trail Celebration Paddle
Georgia River Network
Along the Georgia-South Carolina line, the Tugaloo River Water Trail paddle takes you over gentle shoals to the backwaters of Lake Hartwell with a side trip to a beautiful waterfall on Longnose Creek. We’ll explore this historic 10-mile stretch of river followed by a celebration dinner and ribbon cutting designating the Tugaloo River as an established water trail.

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