April 22 marks the 44th celebration of Earth Day, the grassroots environmental awareness event celebrated in 175 countries. To mark the occasion, Virginia State Parks will offer programs and volunteer events at all 36 state parks during April 22-29, 2014.
Scheduled activities include opportunities to participate in a volunteer project at a Virginia State Park, educational programs on recycling and reduced footprint living, and guided and self-guided programs to get out in nature and enjoy earth’s bounty.
First Landing State Park is recruiting volunteers for its Tree Army on April 26 to
plant trees to discourage unofficial trails that damage the park's resources
Arbor Day is April 25 and some parks are offering tree and garden planting opportunities. First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach will hold its Tree Army event on April 26 to enlist volunteers to plant trees to reduce the environmental impact of unauthorized trails. Volunteers must pre-register. Staunton River Battlefield in Randolph is asking for help to create a butterfly garden on April 25.
One person’s trash is another person’s treasure and some parks will demonstrate how easy it is to reuse items commonly considered trash. On April 26 Caledon State Park in King George will hold its annual One Man's Trash is Another Man's Art contest where volunteers make art out of trash collected along the park’s shoreline. Twin Lakes State Park in Green Bay is featuring a craft project out of commonly found trash each day April 22 through 29 at 4:30 p.m. Smith Mountain Lake in Huddleston will have a “Trash to Treasure” scavenger hunt on April 26.
In partnership with the Northern Neck Master Gardeners, Belle Isle State Park, Lancaster, is offering a rain barrel making workshop on April 26 for a $50 fee that covers all supplies. Pre-registration is required. Natural Tunnel State Park in Duffield is offering two programs for Earth Week: “Eco-Friendly Gardening” on April 22 and “Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose” on April 24. Both programs are free but require pre-registration.
For more information on these and others programs, check out our program and events search tool.
For more information about Virginia State Parks activities and amenities or to make reservations in one of the more than 1,800 campsites or 300 climate-controlled cabins, call the Virginia State Parks Customer Service Center at 800-933-7275 or visit our website.