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Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

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Celebrate Earth Day with City of Raleigh 2024 Earth Day Programs and Events Sustainable Stormwater City of Raleigh's Community Climate Action Plan Solid Waste Services Raleigh Parks Volunteer Program Wildlife and Pollinator Program

Celebrate Earth Day with City of Raleigh

On April 22, 1970, people across the United States came together to create new ways to protect and sustain Earth’s environment. Fifty-three years later, Earth Day continues to bring communities together to protect, improve, and celebrate our planet.  

Join the City of Raleigh for an Earth Day 2024 Event at Dorothea Dix Park on April 19, 2024 and read on to discover ways to learn, get involved, and celebrate with the City of Raleigh as we “Take Action” this Earth Day. Visit Celebrate Earth Day 2024 for more information.

2024 Earth Day Programs and Events

2024 Earth Day Events

Join Us For Nature-Themed Programs

Landscape Literacy - Poetry Workshop I
Landscape Literacy - Poetry Workshop II
City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources is proud to present a two-day poetry workshop series at Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve with North Carolina based poets Chris Tonelli and Lauren Hunter. With a focus on the notion of ‘landscape literacy’, and gaining new understandings of the nature found at the Preserve, Lauren and Chris will lead participants in walking and observation sessions, discussions and writing exercises, with an optional poetry/short-form writing reading on the second day of the workshop. Preserve Naturalist Staff and Nature Preserve Artist in Residence Scott Hazard will be present to assist with the walking and observation sessions and provide interpretive insights about the intent of the Preserve and the nature found within it. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to sign up for Landscape Literacy - Poetry Workshop I also. Chris and Lauren will help those who could not attend Landscape Literacy - Poetry Workshop I get caught up in the second workshop.

Celebrate Earth Month with Raleigh Parks Volunteer Program

Earth Day Film Screening: A Plastic Ocean

Indigenous Women Making Traditional Culture Relevant - A Panel Discussion
During this free panel, Small Island Big Song artists and Charly Lowry (Lumbee/Tuscarora) will share their experiences as performers and cultural ambassadors. They will discuss the roles women have traditionally played in their respective cultures and discuss different ways in which they have found support and risen above challenges to realize their potential as artists and leaders in their communities. Moderated by Small Island Big Song co-founder BaoBao Chen. Light refreshments will be served.

Sustainable Stormwater

A rain garden with tall, green plants and yellow flowers that soaks up water when it rains.

Citizens can help track green stormwater infrastructure changes simply by sharing a photo with us! Special signs with mounted phone stands are being installed at Glen Eden Pilot Park, Walnut Creek Wetland Park, and Wooten Meadow Park. When visiting these sites, place your phone on the stand and snap a quick photo to upload.

Do you want to help protect the environment and get paid to do it?

You can - right from your home or business! Raleigh Rainwater Rewards offers up to 90 percent reimbursement for rain gardens, cisterns, green roofs, permeable pavement, and other projects based on criteria.

Storm Drain Marking: Glue “No Dumping” stickers on your neighborhood storm drains to remind others to never put harmful chemicals or other items into the drain. Raleigh Stormwater provides all supplies!

City of Raleigh's Community Climate Action Plan

Raleigh’s Community Climate Action Plan (CCAP) aims to reduce City-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80% by 2050.

The City's first community-wide plan for action was released in 2021 and was developed with the help of experts, leaders, community organizations, and City staff. The Plan looks at Raleigh’s sources of emissions and offers strategies to reduce them.

The CCAP lays out a plan for Raleigh to:

  • Reduce GHG emissions from energy use, transportation and waste
  • Build community resilience to the impacts of climate change
  • Support climate equity in Raleigh

For more information visit, Raleigh’s CCAP.

Solid Waste Services

The City of Raleigh Solid Waste Services Department works proactively to reduce waste and to increase recycling in Raleigh while demonstrating a commitment to sustainability in all areas of the operations. Learn about what you can and can’t recycle, your scheduled pickup days, how to dispose of electronic waste, and more.

Raleigh Parks Volunteer Program

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Make a difference in your community by volunteering this month and all year with Raleigh Parks! Assist with landscaping, coaching, special events, the Adopt-A-Trail program, and other opportunities. There are many ways for individuals, groups, students, and businesses to contribute to our quality programs and facilities.

Learn more about Celebrating Earth Month with Raleigh Parks Volunteer Program.

Wildlife and Pollinator Program

bug on a flower

In March 2021, Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin signed the National Wildlife Federation's Mayors' Monarch Pledge joining hundreds of other U.S. communities committed to creating habitat for the monarch butterfly and pollinators, and educating residents about how they can make a difference at home and in their community. 

To learn more about pollinators, the benefits of pollinators, what the city is doing to help pollinators, and how you can join our effort, click the following link.

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