Celebrate the close of Earth Month at the Charlotte Library

As Earth Month comes to a close, the Earth Month coalition has planned a celebration for 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, April 27, at the Charlotte Library. There will be guest speakers, activities, prizes and information about future events and ongoing volunteer opportunities.

Come to learn more about the work local groups do to care for our planet and consider a long-term relationship with your favorite town committee or commission.

The morning will start with a presentation from Ethan Tapper, Chittenden County Forester, on the benefits of intact forests and how conservation and smart planning can help protect and connect our forests. Then participants can peruse the tables to see what the Charlotte community groups have been focusing on — building trails, wildlife tracking, storm water management, pollinator gardens and much more.

Or help create some delicious soup from gleaned veggies and learn how food waste reduction can be a tool to stop the climate crisis. Bring your picnic lunch to enjoy along with Disco Soup and delicious Backdoor Bread.

There will be prizes awarded to those that have participated in Earth Month events and filled out their “bingo cards.” These are available online or at the Charlotte Library. Redeem your bingo cards, that document activities you have participated in this month, for some earth-friendly prizes that may include a flying squirrel house, a bluebird house, a bare-root tree or a bee hotel kit. You might win a four-week CSA subscription for flowers and berries.

The Charlotte Energy Committee will be giving away energy saving devices such as low-flow shower heads and outlet gaskets and make-your-own insect hotels.

Guided tours of the rain garden at the Charlotte Library will be led by Linda Hamilton. The Lewis Creek Association will have copies on hand of their new landowner’s guide, “How to Manage Stormwater to Promote Healthier Watersheds: An Ahead of the Storm Guide.”

The event will wrap up with Alicia Daniel, the founder of the Vermont Master Naturalist Program, sharing some thoughts about the importance of Earth Month and its continuance throughout the year.

Download a bingo card and take a look at the Earth Month activities planned for
this month. Join our ecochallenge team.

(The Earth Month coalition includes the Charlotte Public Library, Charlotte Energy
Committee, Lewis Creek Association, Sustainable Charlotte, Charlotte Tree Stewardship group, Pollinator Pathways, Charlotte Grange, Charlotte Land Trust, Charlotte Park and Wildlife Refuge and the Charlotte Conservation Commission. Adams Berry Farm and Branch Out Burlington are contributing to this event.)