Wylde Center Plant Sale
Wylde Center Plant Sale

While Earth Day is officially observed on April 22, events and happenings are taking place all month long around the city to mark the 46th anniversary of the day set aside to focus on the environment.

For our annual Green Issue, we’ve rounded up a list of Earth Day events, parties, cleanups and activities the whole family can get involved in. We also have some recommendations on organizations that can use your help all year long.

EarthShare of Georgia
The nonprofit that helps raises funds for state environmental organizations is hosting three big events for Earth Day 2016. This year’s theme is “Land Conservation.” For more information, visit earthsharega.org.

  • Corporate Green Day Challenge: This year’s event will be held April 2, 9 a.m. at various sites. This volunteer day brings together hundreds of employees who team up to work on a range of projects, including cleaning up parks and stream banks, building trails, collecting trash, planting gardens and mulching trees. The winning team of the Corporate Green Day Challenge will be announced at the Leadership Breakfast.
  • 14th Annual Leadership Breakfast: Each year, EarthShare of Georgia honors and recognizes its outstanding community partner, campaign champion, member organization and the winning Corporate Green Day Challenge company team. This year’s keynote speaker is urban planner and Atlanta BeltLine visionary Ryan Gravel, who will discuss his new book, “Where We Want to Live.” This breakfast is April 14, 8-10 a.m. (networking begins at 7:30 a.m.) in the Stave Room at American Spirit Works. Registration at org/earth-day/tickets/.
  • 21st Annual Earth Day Party: The party will be held April 21, 7 p.m. on The Roof at Ponce City Market. Guests will be some of the first to see the amusement rides and games atop PCM, plus get a tour of a Tiny House courtesy of Tiny House Atlanta. There will be giveaways, an auction, food from Sun in My Belly and much more. Tickets are available online at org/earth-day/tickets/.

Disco Party for Planet
The Captain Planet Foundation returns to The Tabernacle on April 1 at 8 p.m. to host the Disco Party for the Planet. Single tickets are $100 and include three drink tickets; VIP tickets $500 and include VIP reception and open bar. Guests will mingle with celebrities and civic leaders, enjoy live musical entertainment, bid on stellar silent auction items featuring one-of-a-kind trips and eco-luxury experiences, and enjoy premium cocktails. The charitable evening continues the Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Celebration Series and raises funds for the Foundation’s programs, which promote and support hands-on environmental education projects in K-12 schools in all 50 states and 25 other countries. For tickets: captainplanetfoundation.org/2016atlantaevent.

Tree’s Atlanta Native Wildflower and Vine Sale
The 4th Annual Native Wildflower and Vine Sale?will be held Saturday, April 2, from 8 a.m. to 1p.m. at?Freedom Farmers’ Market at The Carter Center The sale features more than 1,700 plants of native wildflowers and vines. Included are great bird-and-butterfly-friendly species such as milkweed, native lilies, aster, jack-in–the-pulpit, and goldenrod. We’ll have many species of vines, ferns, and grasses for sale, too. All proceeds benefit Trees Atlanta’s youth education programs. All major credit cards, as well as checks, and cash will be accepted.?For more information, visit TreesAtlanta.org.

Wylde Center Plant Sale Festival
Savvy planters and backyard enthusiasts will find a big selection of vegetables, herbs, trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials and much more at the annual event at the organization’s Oakhurst Garden, 435 Oakview Road in Decatur. This year’s three-day event is presented by Cummin Landscape Supply and will take place Friday-Sunday, April 15-17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Wylde Center members are invited to shop at a preview evening, Thursday, April 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. Proceeds from the Plant Sale Festival will benefit the numerous educational offerings at the Wylde Center and help support the non-profit organization’s four public greenspaces. For more information, visit wyldecenter.org/plant-sale/.

Sweep the Hooch
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper will conduct its 6th annual Sweep the Hooch on April 19, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cleanup will include 38 sites with more than 500 volunteers expected. Last year, volunteers removed 7.26 tons of river refuse. To register, visit sweepthehooch.org. 

On Top of the World
The Nature Conservancy of Georgia’s 22nd Earth Day fundraiser will take place 7 to 11 p.m. on April 22 on the rooftop of Ponce City Market, 675 Ponce de Leon Avenue NE. One of Atlanta’s premier springtime benefits, this annual event has raised more than $4 million over the past 21 years to protect Georgia’s forests, waters and coast. Guests will enjoy a sustainable, Georgia-based menu, a live performance by Yacht Rock Schooner, and the opportunity to meet community environmental leaders. Tickets are $150 and available at nature.org/GAearthday or by calling (404) 253-7212.

Earth Day Canoeing: Shooting Stars on the River
?The Chattahoochee Nature Center will host this special event on April 22 from 5 to 9 p.m. Mark Earth Day with a 2 ½ hour paddle down the Chattahoochee River with experienced and knowledgeable canoe guides. After the paddle, there will be a campfire to watch for “shooting stars” during the peak of the Lyrid Meteor Shower. Feel free to bring a picnic dinner. The event is for ages 21 and up. Tickets are $40 and advanced registration is required at chattnaturecenter.org.

Sweep the Hooch

Georgia Tech’s Earth Day Celebration
The annual event is set for April 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tech Walk. The event is free, open to the public and features more than 70 exhibitors. There will also be eco-friendly giveaways, recycling opportunities, a clothing swap, an office supply exchange, live music, and more. For more information visit earthday.gatech.edu.

Decatur Earth Day Festival
The Wylde Center, in partnership with the Oakhurst Neighborhood Association, will be holding its annual Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 24, 2016, 12-4 p.m. at both Harmony Park and the Oakhurst Garden at the corner of Oakview and South McDonough, Decatur. This bee-themed celebration of Earth Day is a fun and festive way for more than 400 members of the community to join the bee ranks in protecting our natural world on the 46th Anniversary of Earth Day. There will also be a costume parade, bike ride, yoga, arts and crafts for kids, live music, bee-oriented demonstrations and food from local restaurants. For details visit wyldecenter.org.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.