Union Wharf Residents: Go Green and Give Back This Earth Day

April 13, 2021 | Holidays
Union Wharf Residents: Go Green and Give Back This Earth Day

Earth Day

It’s almost Earth Day! Earth Day has been celebrated since 1970, as a day to honor our planet and support efforts to protect our environment.

It’s important to look after our Earth every day, but Earth Day is a great opportunity to go the extra mile to celebrate and appreciate the planet. Whether that’s through volunteering at a clean-up or just taking some time to reflect on nature’s beauty, we encourage you to celebrate this special day! We’ve gathered some tips and events to help you get started.

At Home
A healthier, happier planet can start right here in your apartment! It can feel like an overwhelming task to create change for our planet, but every little action adds up to make a big difference.

– Incorporate reusable bags, cups, and other low-waste swaps into your routine
– Wash your laundry with cold water instead of hot water
– Write a letter to local politicians and encourage them to support environmental legislation
– Turn off lights when you’re not using them
– DIY eco-friendly household cleaner

Here are some ideas for even more helpful Earth Day tips!

In Our Greater Maryland Community
There are also some great ways to get outdoors and get involved in our community. Here are some awesome upcoming events:

Give Back and Get Moving
Want to help the planet and get a workout in at the same time? Katie Cook leads Hands on HIIT, an amazing fitness class with a cause. In these 30 minute classes, you can help clean up Canton Waterfront Park and get your sweat on. It’s truly the best of both worlds. Plus, it’s totally free! There are lots of class times available, but be sure to sign up in advance here.

Or, spend an afternoon out on the Patuxent River for a guided tour of the Jug Bay portion of the river. This kayaking event will be held on 4/24 and costs $25 to attend.

Do Your Share and Clean Up
Another great way to lend a helping hand is to join your neighbors for SBNA Earth Day 2021 – Beautify South Baltimore on Saturday, April 24th from 9am-1pm. Their goal is to make sure that no block is left behind! SBNA will provide all the necessary supplies, including tools, trash bags, and mulch.

Also, check out the Everyday should be Earth Day cleanup at Druid Hill Park on May 16th at noon. Volunteers will meet up by the disc golf course for an afternoon cleanup. Parks and People will be providing the supplies, and there will be refreshments to fuel you back up after your hard work!

Appreciate Nature’s Beauty
Head to the Benson-Hammond House for Earth Day Celebration Tour the House Day on April 24th. Take in the beautiful scenery, help out with clean-up efforts, visit the farmer’s market, or even just enjoy a peaceful nature stroll. Or, Indulge your inner child at the Earth Day Scavenger Hunt on April 17th! This is a super fun way to get outdoors and take in some nature. You’ll take part in a self-guided hike at the Oregon Ridge Nature Center and get to learn more about local flora and fauna.

Grow For Good
Get your green thumbs ready for Earth Day Volunteer Day at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum! On May 15th from 1-3pm, you can volunteer to help prepare the garden beds, plant trees, and help make the gardens gorgeous. All you need to do is BYO garden tools and be sure to register in advance here. You can also use your gardening expertise during Earth Day Tree Planting at the Loch Raven Skeet and Trap Center and help plant some beautiful trees. On April 24th, The Howard County Conservancy is hosting their annual “Make a Difference this Earth Day!” event. Volunteers will team up to help remove invasive plant species and release tadpoles into the stream. Space is limited, so you’ll want to register in advance to ensure your spot.

Happy Earth Day!
We hope you have a wonderful Earth Day! If you participate in any of these events, or celebrate in your own way, don’t forget to share photos of your day with us on socials, @UnionWharf.