Week of Green Celebration | April 23 & 30 | Riverfront Park
Celebrate Arbor Day and Earth Day with a week of green living. Join the City Arborist, Lynchburg Water Resources, Lynchburg Parks and Recreation, and more in activites for all ages. Learn how to build and maintain a rain barrel, help volunteer to keep our parks healthy, get your hands dirty with a craft, and so much more.
Check out our kick-off event at the Lynchburg Community Market downtown on 4/23 from 8 AM – 12 PM, or hang out at our wrap up event at Riverfront Park on 4/30 from 11 AM – 4 PM with live music, food trucks, and lots of earth related fun! Registration not required for the kick off event or wrap up event. Registration required for all other events.
Day of Service | April 23 | Peaks View Park | 10:00am–2:00pm
Help us kick off Week of Green by getting down in the dirt and planting trees and cleaning up our public land with Lynchburg’s own Urban Forester! Come help us plant a riparian buffer along Ivy Creek in Peaks View Park. Riparian buffers not only help filter pollutants from upland runoff, they also help stabilize streambanks, shade and cool streams, and reduce the impacts of flooding. Dress to work outside long pants and boots recommended. Bring your favorite work gloves and a water bottle, all other equipment will be provided. Tasks include, but are not limited to, planting trees, mulching, and cleaning up debris. All ages welcome, youth under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please register for this event by 4/21.
Tree Steward Interest Meeting | April 26 | Miller Center | 6:30pm–7:30pm
Calling all green thumbs! The city arborist is in need of assistance keeping our thousands of trees happy and healthy! Join the Tree Stewards today. The Tree Stewards are a trained community of volunteers committed to promoting healthy urban forests. Urban forests are parks, street trees, gardens, riverwalks, greenways, and wetlands that filter air and water, conserve energy, and control stormwater. 141 million acres of Americas forest are located in our cities and towns, and now more than ever with nearly 81% of Americans residing in urban centers its time for YOU to get involved! Join a group of passionate tree stewards and make a difference! As a member, you can contribute to keeping trees healthy and planting new trees to keep Lynchburg beautiful. Participate in activities such as pruning and planting, advocacy and outreach, or just spread the joy of trees in your own way! Learn more at our interest meeting. Register by 4/24.
Build a Toad Abode | April 27 | Miller Center | 10:00am–11:00am
Creating a home for a toad is an easy, fun project and makes a charming addition to any garden. A toad hanging around your yard to catch bugs is very eco-friendly and gives children a fascinating creature to study. A single toad can eat hundreds of insects, slugs, and other pests per night. Register by 4/24.
Solar Energy | April 27 | Ivy Creek Park | 1:00pm–2:00pm
Solar power systems derive clean energy from the sun. Are you interested in finding out more about this envrionmentally friendly power source? Learn how solar power systems work, its environmental impact and more from a representative of the Earth Right Energy Company. Register by 4/25.
Rain Barrel Workshop | April 28 | Miller Center | 6:30pm–7:30pm
Collecting rainwater from your roof to use on your garden or lawn helps the environment and saves you money on your water bill! In this workshop, you’ll get hands on experience building a rain barrel and learn how to install and maintain it. Water barrels can be purchased at the workshop for $50 each, payable the day of the class (cash/check). Register by two days prior to the program. Please contact staff at least two days prior to the program if interested in purchasing a rain barrel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 434-455-5828.
DIY Upcycled T-shirt Bracelets | April 28 | Miller Center | 5pm–6pm
Celebrate the Week of Green with a bit of reduce, reuse, and recycle – or in this case, upcycle! Bring in old t-shirts or use some of ours and turn them into trendy bracelets. Create one of a kind eco-friendly jewelry. Lead by a Parks and Recreation Naturalist and Recreation Specialist. Register by 4/26.