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Bringing Earth Month home to the Mid-South

Now that spring has arrived, we are gearing up to celebrate another Earth Month at the Garden!
And while it may seem like putting together a full month of eco-friendly activities would be a walk in the park, (ouch, bad pun) there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes to get things ready.

 

International Paper has generously supported this project for five years, enabling us to offer environmentally-minded education programs, special events, and activities throughout the month of April. This year, in the spirit of Earth Day’s “Think Globally, Act Locally” motto, the Garden is bringing Earth Month home to the Mid-South, with fun ways for you and your family to learn about our local environment, and to pick up simple tips for preserving and conserving at home.

This means a lot of research, prep work, installation, and hands-on time behind the scenes...

Our Tree Team, a group of dedicated volunteers who keep tabs on the 2000+ trees on the Garden's grounds, are measuring and tagging specimens for Tree Tag Trek. Bringing back last year's favorite, the Conservation Challenge Hike, means that our education team is busy checking stats on local environmental fun facts and placing informational signage along the walking path for visitors to discover. And it takes an artistic eye to touch up and prep the whimsical room panels for the Environmental Playhouse display, soon to be installed in My Big Backyard.

 

We are offering guided Tram Tours every Friday in April, featuring environmental fun facts about various spots in the Garden. If you haven't taken a ride with Jimmy, you don't know what you're missing! He has been a dedicated volunteer for years, and he knows the Garden like the back of his hand.  

All four of these activities are free with Garden admission. If you're a member, you can visit (for free!) as often as you like, so April will be an excellent month to take advantage of your membership and our Earth Month activities. If you haven't joined, you can do so online here, or at our front desk when you stop in to check out the Garden.


Don't get us wrong...working at the Garden in April does have its perks. Someone's going to have to sample wines for our Green is Groovy wine tasting event. Even our resident junk-artist/marketing director gets into the groove with ways to recycle all those corks and bottles in fun ways...just don't expect to find a clean desk during the creative process!

So, what's new this year? We're starting 'em young (and early) with a Nature Babies Stroll at 8am on April 21st. Bring the strollers, baby carriers, and toddlers, and enjoy a morning walk before the Garden is open to visitors. We're adding fun enviro-facts to the Garden's mobile app map, plus we'll be tweeting and Facebooking eco-trivia, contests, and giveaways. Follow and friend us to be in on the action.

...and there's so much more. Our Earth is a big, exciting place, and a month's worth of activities in her honor fill our calendar, which you can check out here for a full schedule of events and information: memphisbotanicgarden.com/earthmonth.

Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at 9:30 AM

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