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Celebrate Earth Day in the South Mountain Region

Happy Earth Day!

Every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. (you can learn more here) How are you planning to celebrate this year? This could mean some mindful time in the garden, volunteering with a Friends Group at one of our State Parks, or attending one of our Partner’s celebratory events. We’ve catalogued some of the great opportunities across the region (most of these celebrations occur 4/23)

ADAMS COUNTY

Earth Day Films with Land Conservancy of Adams County

Friday April 22nd at 6PM

On Friday, April 22 (that’s Earth Day!) we will premiere two new short films by the Wanderous at Mela Kitchen. Landscapes & Legacy: The Story of a Pennsylvania Land Trust is about the origin of the Land Conservancy, as told by some of its founding members.  Paying tribute to our origin 27 years ago, you’ll hear from some of our founding members about the places that inspired the Land Conservancy’s creation and the work we continue to do.  Roads, Rivers, and the Land In Between shows how the conservation of our natural and agricultural resources benefits all residents of Adams County, highlighting the ways that people connect with the land through recreation. From fishing, to bicycling, to enjoying locally grown food, preserving our rural heritage is essential to maintaining our quality of life. Tickets are $15 ($5 for children) and include a glass of beer or cider (for those 21+). Doors open at 6 p.m.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY

Earth Day & Spring in Downtown Carlisle

April 23 from 11:00-4:00PM

Come downtown on April 23 to celebrate Earth Day with our businesses in downtown Carlisle! Some of our businesses will be featuring earth-friendly products and locally-sourced dishes, and we’ll even have some special guests stationed around downtown to help us honor the Earth, spring, nature, conservation, recycling, and more… At 1:00, Earth Artisan & Outfitter will be hosting their own Earth Day festival at their location on West Chapel Avenue with even more special Earth-friendly guests, so plan on spending some time at their downtown Carlisle outpost to learn more about all things earthy and wild.

FRANKLIN COUNTY

Chambersburg Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 23, 2022: 10-2 PM

A community event that starts in the Square of Chambersburg and radiates out to North and South Main Street, including Chambers Fort Park. Educators, environmental vendors and groups are being invited to partake in this event. Attendees are invited to stroll throughout the downtown to learn about recycling and the environment.

The Institute’s 31st Earth Celebration Day

April 23 11AM-4PM

The Institute’s 31st Earth Celebration Day is on Sat., April 23, at Pine Hill Recreation Area in Waynesboro, Pa.  from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. The Recycle Fundraiser will be held in conjunction with the event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. “The Institute is thrilled to welcome back our environmental exhibitors and a full slate of activities,” said Jessica Watson, Institute assistant director and event organizer. “We have live music by Mountain Air, environmental artists and artisans, a student art show and so much more.”

YORK COUNTY

(Cumberland and York) South Mountain Trolley Greenway’s Williams Grove Road clean-up

Saturday, April 26 10-12PM

The Friends of the South Mountain Trolley Greenway are excited to announce that we have officially adopted a portion of Williams Grove Road as part of PennDOT’s Adopt-a-Highway program. Join us as we pick up any litter found along our section of the Road between Park Place and PA-74. Parking will be along the west side of the road on a grassy area with permission from our friends at the Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association. Please RSVP so that we have an idea as to how many volunteers we can expect.

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