Montgomery County will celebrate Earth Day in April with a variety of volunteer opportunities and events scheduled in numerous locations. Check the Volunteer Center website for a complete list of opportunities at www.MontgomeryServes.org/earth-day-2013.
The following activities are approved for Student Service Learning (SSL) hours for Montgomery County Public School students.
April 2, 6, 13 and 27 – Montgomery Parks Annual Garlic Mustard Pull. Help remove one of the fastest spreading, non-native, invasive weeds. Volunteers under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Dress appropriately for the weather and to be out in the woods. For more information go to www.WeedWarrior.org or call 301-495-2504.
Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m. - noon – Alice Ferguson Foundation’s 25th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup. Volunteers will pick up trash from hundreds of cleanup sites around the region. To find a site, visit www.potomaccleanup.org, or call 202-973-8203.
Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m. – noon – Rock Creek Conservancy Extreme Cleanup. Clean up the streams of Rock Creek and its tributaries, the parks connected to Rock Creek and the neighborhoods near Rock Creek where trash originates. Over 50 locations are available. Visit www.rockcreekconservancy.org for more information or call 301-775-2960.
Saturday, April 13, 9 a.m. – noon – Montgomery County Road Runners Club Rock Creek Trail Cleanup. Take part in the cleanup of the Rock Creek Trail, the Matthew Henson Trail and feeder paths as well as dry feeder streams, roadways, playgrounds and the Lake Needwood area. For more information go to www.mcrrc.org or call 301-933-2919.
Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Montgomery Parks Cabin John Trail Workday. Improve the Cabin John Natural Surface Trail in Bethesda. Volunteer trail workdays typically include repairing eroded tread surfaces, stabilizing drainage issues, and building new trails and bridges. For more information, go to www.MontgomeryTrails.org or call 301-495-2504.
Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m. – noon – Anacostia Watershed Society Cleanup. Take part at 20 different cleanup sites along the Anacostia Watershed. For more information, visit www.anacostiaws.org/earthday2013 or call 301-699-6204.
Sunday, April 21, 9 a.m. – noon – WSSC Invasive Weed Removal. Help get rid of kudzu and other weeds so the trees and wildlife can thrive. Students under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit www.wsscwater.com or call 301-206-8233.
For a guide to living a green life in Montgomery County year round, check out www.MyGreenMontgomery.org.
For more information and additional opportunities for Earth Day, call Montgomery County’s Volunteer Center at 240-777-2600 or visit the Volunteer Center website at www.montgomeryserves.org
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