Celebrate Earth Month this April!

Help us Celebrate Earth Month!

Every year at the start of spring we like to take some time to appreciate, enjoy, and pay respect to our planet. This year we’re very excited to once again be part of the WNC for the Planet Earth Month celebration! 

WNC for the Planet is a collective of local environmental organizations that provides access to service, educational, and recreational opportunities in recognition of Earth Month. We strive to unify our community to encourage and celebrate environmental stewardship for our planet and the region.

This year, celebrate with us by playing Earth Month BINGO! The virtual BINGO card features opportunities to engage with our partners through workshops, activities, service and more. Lend a hand cleaning up our rivers, restoring native plant and animal habitats, or clearing invasive plants. Learn how to compost, explore nearby hiking trails, or create art and poetry. You may even win a prize from organizations and local businesses! Access all of the wonderful Earth Month events in one place at www.wncfortheplanet.org. 

How to Engage with RiverLink for Earth Month

Art & Poetry contest winner

Create Art or Poetry Inspired by the River

Create a river-inspired work of art for our Voices of the River: Art & Poetry Contest. You can make 2D or 3D creations, write poems, haikus or short stories, or even record a dance, skit or song that you create. Winners will receive a variety of prizes donated by local businesses and organizations. Click here to learn more about submission guidelines.

Adopt-A-Storm Drain

Did you know that most storm drains go directly into a nearby stream or creek? This means that a lot of pollution flows from our streets into our waterways. Through our new Adopt-A-Storm Drain program, you can help maintain a nearby storm drain and keep our streams and rivers clean. Visit our website to learn how to adopt a storm drain in your neighborhood!

Beautiful pollinator at work

Sign Up for our Spring Wildflower Walk

Are you interested in learning more about native wildflowers and their habitat? If so please join us on Saturday, April 10th at 10:00 AM for a Spring Wildflower Walk in West Asheville! Led by RJ Taylor, our Land Protection Manager, we will learn to identify some common native wildflowers and examine how conserved land helps ensure protected habitat for plants and animals. Click here to reserve your spot!

Take a Tour of a Local Greenway

Greenways are a wonderful place to exercise, recreate, and reconnect with nature! Using a new GPS based tour app called TravelStorys, we’ve created an educational self-guided tour for the local Reed Creek Greenway. On this tour you learn about the plants, animals, and natural features you can find in this beautiful urban green space. To take the tour please click here.

Kids amazed by our stream table

Learn How Rivers Form and Change

Rivers are a constantly changing natural feature, and understanding how they change over time is crucial to understanding how to protect them. Check out our virtual lesson using our stream table simulation and learn how our communities can better prepare for these changes.