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Celebrate Earth Day with Raleigh Parks

Are you ready to celebrate Earth Day? Join Raleigh Parks in appreciating Mother Earth on Thursday, April 22 by attending one (or all!) of the programs below. 

Classes and programs may be held if they are low-intensity and able to be modified to meet state and local guidelines. All programs are subject to modification or cancellation. View the Raleigh Parks Know Before You Go Guide for Programs

Participate in the City Nature Challenge

Friday, April 30-Monday, May 3

Raleigh Parks is excited to announce our participation in the worldwide City Nature Challenge! Join us at Raleigh nature preserves and parks to identify plants, animals, insects, fungi, and any other living organisms using the free smartphone application, called iNaturalist.

Raleigh Parks will have pop-up tables at select nature preserves and parks to help those who would like to participate and provide support! By using the iNaturalist application to document your observations, you'll not only help Raleigh compete against other cities around the world in the Challenge, but the valuable ecological information collected will help guide local natural resources management decisions and contribute to international scientific studies.

Learn more about the City Nature Challenge Here

Eco-Avengers at Greystone Recreation Center

Thursday, April 22, 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Let's celebrate Earth Day by discovering ways we can help our planet and protect the environment. As Eco-Avengers, it is our duty to raise awareness, educate, and act to promote environmentally friendly deeds that inspire others to join our efforts. Planet Earth will take center stage with crafts, activities, and food experiences all themed towards our majestic earthly home. The program is for ages 3 to 6 years old. The fee is $10. Register online via RecLink.

Annual Mordecai Plant Sale

Friday, April 23 and Saturday, April 24, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Come out to Mordecai Historic Park to get your herb, vegetable, and flower gardens started for the season! Heirloom varieties of plants will be on sale for great prices. All plants are started from seed by the Mordecai Historic Park gardeners. Plants will include tomatoes, peppers, squash, herbs, and much more. Due to outdoor size restrictions, we are asking for everyone to please pre-register for this event. This will guarantee you a time to purchase plants at the Mordecai Plant Sale. Register online via RecLink.

Little Birdwatchers at Abbotts Creek Community Center

Thursday, April 22, 10 to 10:45 a.m.

In honor of Earth Day, swoop by Abbotts Creek and see if you can identify the different varieties of birds that live in the park. Prior to the hunt, your little bird watcher will have the opportunity to make a bird feeder! Registration is required for ages 3-5 years old. The cost is $5 per child. Register online via Reclink.