Montgomery County is celebrating April as “Earth Month” with special events promoting sustainability, conservation and eco-friendliness. The 2023 international theme for Earth Month and Earth Day—April 22—is “Invest in Our Planet.” The theme focuses on engaging governments, institutions, businesses and people to join actions to take care of the planet. We have been given some gorgeous weather, so get out and take care of the planet! Make sure you, your business, institutions, and government are taking care of the planet!
WHEATON, Md. – Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is organizing teams of volunteers to help with a variety of volunteer projects for Earth Month 2023.
Projects range from trash collection and maintenance in parks to removing invasive non-native plants with the Weed Warriors program. No experience is required, and all necessary tools and work gloves are provided.
There are dozens of ways to help. Individual volunteers or groups can find an opportunity by visiting:
- Montgomery Parks volunteer watershed cleanups webpage
- The Weed Warriors webpage
- The trail workdays listings webpage
- Montgomery Parks Volunteer webpage, where volunteers can search for projects based on interests, skillset or location
Most volunteer opportunities are approved for student service learning hours.
Registration is required to participate in all clean-ups and workdays.
New projects are regularly being added to the schedule. Volunteers are advised to check back often for the latest on where help is needed, and which programs are already at capacity.
About Montgomery Parks
Montgomery Parks manages more than 37,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 420 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high-quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems. MontgomeryParks.org
Montgomery Parks, part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Program Access Office at 301-495-2581 (Voice/TTY), MD Relay 7-1-1 or 800-552-7724 or ProgramAccess@
Earth Month Events/Activities
Montgomery County will have a series of events, activities and campaigns designed to inspire action and a commitment to sustainability and environmental protection. Those will include:
- GreenFest—GreenFest in the Gardens. Saturday, April 22: Events Brookside Gardens in Wheaton. Sunday, April 23: Activities at GreenFest in the City at Marian Fryer Plaza in Downtown Wheaton.
- Bike/Scooter Classes—Bike and scooter classes for adults.
- Food is Too Good to Waste—Social media campaign to reduce the amount of food waste generated at the source, channel excess food to those with unmet needs and compost food waste.
- Montgomery Parks Volunteer Park Cleanups/ Events
- Petals and Paws. Saturday, April 1. Event includes free tree sapling giveaways. https://montgomeryparks.org/events/petals-and-paws/.
- Nature Centers hosting native plant sales. https://montgomeryparks.org/plant-sales/.
- Stream and Park Cleanups throughout the month. https://montgomeryparks.org/support/volunteer/stream-park-cleanups/
- Long Branch Earth Day. Saturday, April 22. https://discoverlongbranch.com/featured-events/long-branch-earth-day/
- Something Awesome: Earth Month Edition. Saturday, April 22. https://montgomeryparks.org/events/something-awesome-earth-day-edition/
- Earth Day trash clean ip. Saturday, April 22. https://montgomeryparks.org/events/earth-day-trash-clean-up/.
- Arbor Day Tree Planting—Friday, April 28. Veterans Park, Wheaton (time TBD). Video of last year below.
- Alcohol Beverage Services is featuring eco-friendly products at its 26 retail stores all month. Customers should look for the “Sustainable Product” shelf tags.
This video is of the 2022 Arbor Day Tree Planting.
“Earth Month is a time to recommit ourselves to the importance of protecting our precious and vulnerable environment,” said Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich. ” Montgomery County is making progress toward our Climate Action Plan goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2027 and 100 percent by 2035. Jurisdictions around our nation and the world, including The White House, have taken notice of what we are achieving. This month and throughout the year, I encourage all community members and businesses to commit themselves to our sustainability efforts and take part in all of the County’s activities and initiatives to combat climate change.”
Follow Montgomery County on social media and promote Earth Month 2023 using the hashtags: #MoCoClimateSmart #BeClimateSmartMoCo #MoCoEarthMonth and #2023MoCoEarthMonth.
The Montgomery County GreenFest is the largest annual environmental festival in Montgomery County, MD. GreenFest is organized by a coalition of public, non-profit, and university partners.
GreenFest is expanding this year by taking place at two different locations over one weekend.
Follow us on social #MCGreenFest for details on GreenFest 2023