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Montgomery County Earth Month Activities Are Happening Countywide in April

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Montgomery County Earth Month Activities Are Happening Countywide in April

Green events of all types are happening throughout April as Montgomery County celebrates Earth Month. Among the highlight events are the Montgomery County Energy Summit on April 3 and the annual Greenfest celebration on April 28 that is moving to Brookside Gardens in Wheaton for the first time.

This year will mark the 49th anniversary of celebrating April as “Earth Month,” which brings attention to the devoted worldwide efforts to protect air, water and land in a sustainable way. Montgomery County has embraced environmental stewardship as a fundamental responsibility to preserve and sustain the planet. The County has been a longtime leader in emphasizing this year’s official Earth Month theme of “Protect Our Species.” 

Here are some of the events and programs that will help make this an environment friendly start to spring:

  • Montgomery County Energy Summit. April 3 (Wednesday). 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Silver Spring Civic Building. Cutting-edge education focused on the latest trends in commercial energy efficiency, renewable energy, and related topics in Montgomery County. Participants include building owners, property managers, energy contractors, and other green building professionals working in the County and the larger DC metro area. $45-$65 includes breakfast and lunch, and a post-event reception. Registration required. For more information, go to https://www.mcenergysummit.org/
  • Learn About Organic Lawn Care. April 3 (Wednesday). 7-8:30 p.m. Rock Creek Conservancy Office, 7200 Wisconsin Avenue, Bethesda. Mary Travaglini, the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection’s sustainable landscapes manager, will talk about the importance of healthy soils for an organic lawn and offer tips for caring for lawns without synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Register at https://www.rockcreekconservancy.org/what-we-do/upcoming-events#event=27051683
  • Rain Barrel Workshop. April 7 (Sunday). Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton. Gather and store water from your rooftop to help control the stormwater impact to your yard. Each participant will receive a rain barrel with fittings and simple instructions. Registration required. April 7 class 10 a.m.-1 p.m. https://apm.activecommunities.com/montgomerycounty/Activity_Search/make-and-take-rain-barrels/57604
  • DC Environmental Film Festival at Brookside Gardens. 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton. The Montgomery County GreenFest partners join the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital to present three documentary free screenings: April 9 (Tuesday), 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Lost City of the Monkey God. April 16 (Tuesday), 6:30-8 p.m. Grit. April 23 (Tuesday), 6:30-8:30 p.m. The Human Element.
  • Learn about the Frogs and Toads of Montgomery County. April 16 (Tuesday), 7:30-8:30 p.m. First FrogWatch Field Training. Maydale Conservation Park. 1638 Maydale Drive, Colesville. For more information, contact stream.stewards@montgomerycountymd.gov.
  • Stream Cleanups. Contact stream.stewards@montgomerycountymd.gov for more information about the following cleanups and to ensure that sufficient supplies are provided for volunteers. Student Service Learning hours are available through this program. March 30 (Saturday). 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Edgewood Park, Silver Spring;  April 19 (Friday). 11 a.m.-1 p.m. White Oak Park, Silver Spring (Stewart Lane and Lockwood Drive); April 22 (Monday). 10 a.m.- noon. Earth Day Stream cleanup--Townes of Gloucester neighborhood (Burtonsville).
  • Takoma Park Silver-Spring Coop Earth Day Celebration. April 20 (Saturday). 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 201 Ethan Allen Ave., Takoma Park. Free day of events. There will be green vendors, local food, community groups, speakers, demonstrations, music and even a toy exchange for kids. https://tpss.coop/earth-day-2019/
  • Montgomery County GreenFest. April 28 (Sunday). 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Brookside Gardens. 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton. The free event has many fun activities for the whole family from kids tree climbing to music and exhibitors. Visitors can walk the trails and enjoy the gardens. https://montgomerycountygreenfest.org/

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Release ID: 19-100
Media Contact: Neil H. Greenberger 240-777-6532