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Earth Day Festival

Sunday, April 21, 2013 12:00 - 4:00p.m.

Brookside Bag Monsters

What better place than Brookside Gardens, M-NCPPC Montgomery Parks, to celebrate Earth Day? Through volunteering, walks and tours, earth friendly activities and browsing our green craft fair, you can learn while having fun. Interactive family-friendly activities and a “green” vendor and craft fair will be offered from 12noon- 4pm. Enjoy wildflower and plant walks starting at 12:30pm. Discover how small changes in your everyday habits can make a big impact on improving our environment.

Nature Jams Concert




Schedule of Events

  • 9:00am – noon Volunteer Project
    Volunteer for an Earth Day garden project. All volunteers must preregister; for more information, or to sign up, call 301-962-1429 or email: Visit our volunteer web page.
  • Noon - 4:00pm Earth Day Activities -
    • Green Craft and Vendor Fair- Visitors Center Auditorium. Join us for a green craft fair this earth day! Browse craft tables featuring local crafters selling items made from reused, recycled, up-cycled, responsibly harvested, organic, plant related or sustainable products. Our green vendors will demonstrate products or services that help the earth.

      Janice Browne, Reflecting Nature
      Patricia Zangrillo, PAZ Designs
      Chris Schmidt, ChrisBrenSchmidt Photography
      Carol Lundquist, Wine Bottle Art
      Vicki Metzger, Handmade soaps & lotions
      Susan Nonn, Gourd Lady
      Pam Silverwood, Botanical Pottery
      Cori Spencer, Mind, Body and Salt
      Richard Denchfield, Edible Bird Houses
      Danielle Spence, The Greener Route
      Priya Narasimhan, Priya Means Love
      Peggy Duke & Karen Malkin, Botanical Prints & Herbal products
      Lisa Slater, Terra Craft Jewelry
      Sandy Spring CSA
      Amicus Green Building Center
      Bethesda Green
      Green Market Solutions
      Solar Energy Services
      DC Greenworks
      Maryland Solar Solutions, Inc.
      Renewal by Andersen

    • Community Art Project-Weaving for the Birds - Re purpose natural materials and fabrics to create a woven masterpiece that nesting birds in our Garden will really appreciate! Visitors Center Atrium
    • Watch out for our Bag Monster. .. and learn how to break the plastic bag habit.
    • Earth Day Activities for Children & Families- Gardens behind Visitors Center
      • Earth wind dancer craft
      • Create Seed Balls out of Clay- take them home to toss in your garden. Plants that attract beneficial pollinating insects will soon sprout in your yard.
      • Tree scavenger hunt- Walk through the garden and discover trees, tree facts and folklore.
      • Tee ball- Batter up for recycling!
      • “Woody” the tree mascot will give away FREE Tree seedlings while supplies last.
  • 12:00 & 2:00p.m.- Earth Day Storytime and craft- Anderson Pavilion
  • 1:00 & 3:00p.m.- Nature Jams Concert! Enjoy some musical "edutainment" and learn valuable lessons about Nature and the environment. Jam with Nature Jams' Zach & Rob. Stage behind Visitors Center
  • 2:00p.m.- Earth Day Un-trivial Trivia-Test your not-so-trivial knowledge about the environment and perhaps win a prize at the end
  • 12:30- 2:30 pm Walks & Tours
    Meet: Brookside Gardens Visitor Center; No reservations required. All ages
    • 12:30- On the Shady Side: a tour of the Azalea Garden and its' shade loving plants.
      1:30- Green Thumbs Up!: a tourto discover some of the things Brookside Gardens is doing to make the Gardens even greener.
      2:30- On the Wild Side: get to know the wildflowers blooming in the Woodland Walk.

Special thanks to our Earth Day sponsor: The Friends of Brookside Gardens!


Date of last update: April 18, 2013