Groundwork to Host Earth Day: A Celebration of Stewardship

Groundwork Jacksonville is partnering with other environmental nonprofit organizations to present Earth Day: A Celebration of Stewardship, Saturday, April 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This free community event will be held on the S-Line Biodiversity Corridor of the Emerald Trail, between Moncrief Road and Boulevard. Parking is available at the Christ Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, 2335 N. Davis Street.

The goal of the event is to increase environmental awareness and teach children and adults specific things they can do to make their homes and landscape more eco-friendly, while providing an opportunity for people from all areas of town to connect outdoors and celebrate the planet.

Activities will include music, prize giveaways and demonstrations on native landscaping, soil and water conservation and testing, tree guilds, ollas irrigation systems, rain barrels, pollinator gardens, bee hotels, public art and more. Guests will receive a passport with information about how to participate in the various activities to earn a gift certificate from participating Springfield neighborhood restaurants.

The organizations partnering on the event include: Groundwork Jacksonville including the Green Team Youth Corps and CREST programs, Duval Soil and Water Conservation District (DSWCD), NativeJax Permaculture Design & Real Estate, Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens including W.I.L.D. and Advance Inquiry Program (AIP);  Alkavita Alkaline Water, Jax Youth Works and Jacksonville Art & Music School (JAMS).  The event is funded in part by a grant from the Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board.

Throughout the day, DSWCD will present plans for the innovative Regeneration Park, a green infrastructure and community stewardship project that will be built along the S-Line link of the Emerald Trail near the Sugar Hill Mosaic. The goal of Regeneration Park is to demonstrate urban agriculture, cultivate environmental stewardship and empower residents to build with nature for social, economic and environmental health.

Teachers are encouraged to come out to learn about the S-Line Biodiversity Corridor and the future Regeneration Park as potential outdoor classrooms to support ecological and environmental lesson plans.

For more information contact Shanell Davis-Bryant, Groundwork Jacksonville Program Manager at Shanell@GroundworkJacksonville.org.