Earth Day Events!

Friday, April 19, 2024 12:00 PM - Monday, April 22, 2024 8:00 PM (EDT)


Join Partners for a Sustainable McIntosh as they highlight different community partners during the McIntosh Earth Day celebrations.

Friday April 19th

All Day: Shop Local Campaign - In partnership with the Darien-McIntosh County Chamber of Commerce, we encourage you to shop local this weekend!

Recycling in McIntosh

Check out recycling opportunities with the county, request a recycling bin for your home from the County Tax office. Drop off your plastic bags at one of the Lions Club receptacles.

McIntosh Treasure Hunt

McIntosh County is famous for its natural beauty, rich history and culture. This hunt, which can be done in any order, highlights 10 such treasure worthy sites throughout McIntosh county. Download a passport that details the treasure hunt from the Partners for a Sustainable McIntosh Facebook Page - Click Here  .  Next you will learn to load coordinates on your phone to get to the locations. Most feature a hidden ammunition (ammo) can which contains a stamp for your passport and answers to questions. You may also need to make observations particular to the location. 

Once your passport is complete you can drop it off through Saturday, April 19th at either of these 2 stores,The Local in Darien or Southern Edge in Shellman Bluff. Or you can bring your passport to Earth Day Celebartion at Darien Waterfront on April 21th by 1:30 PM.  

2pm-3pm: Fort King George Walking Tour

Interested participants can call Ft King George to sign up and pay entrance standard admission rate the day of.  Call to Sign Up  - (912) 437-4770    

6pm-9pm: The Mane Event Dance Party 

The Darien Lions Club presents "The Mane Event Dance Party" on Friday, April 19th from 6pm to 9pm. This event is free and open to the public to kick off the weekend long Earth Day events by Partners for Sustainable McIntosh. We will have music from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s. Come all, young and old, and enjoy a night of dancing at our clubhouse. This is a great way to get to know our community. Check out their Facebook Event here!

Saturday April 20th

9am -1pm : Earth Day Tour at Sapelo From Brittany Dodge -Sapelo Community Interested parties can register by calling the Visitor Center at (912)437-3224 and register. It is $15/person and is from 9am-1pm. 

10am and 3pm: Market Garden Tours, Q&A, and produce for purchase. Register via link on this page

Ellery Mayence - (up to 25 people per 1-hour session). Coastal Route 17 Green Goods (CR17GG) was founded in 2014 by ecologist and long-time gardener Ellery Mayence. It operates as a small-scale market garden specializing primarily in leafy greens, though produces a diverse range of other seasonal vegetables and cut flowers. CR17GG has a no chemical inputs philosophy the whole property over, strives to build soil health and quality through rotational cover cropping, and does everything from seed to sale in-house. CR17GG is offering two garden tours (10-11 and 3-4) on Saturday April 20 as part of the Earth Day event. Participants will learn about sustainable gardening practices, farm to fork production, low food miles, eating in season, and the benefits of cover cropping among other pertinent topics (e.g., wild scaping). The property is located on Columbus Square in downtown Darien, an easy walk from the waterfront. Physical address is 502 Franklin Street. Parking available around Columbus Square or on the sand track on the south side of the residence. 

 11-2pm: Drop In at Ashantilly Center Ashantilly Press and Native garden viewing (items for purchase option) Come see the historic letterpress Ashantilly Press and print an Earth Day card! You may also visit the Ashantilly Center Native Plant Garden and get a brief tour of the "Old Tabby" home at Ashantilly. 

11:30am and 2pm: Tour options Charlie Phillips Fish Dock Register via link on this page, an educational tour Sustainable Seafood fishing/farming video and talk tour. Visit the Fish Dock Restaurant to Learn about Sustainable Seafood and Clam Cultivation. (Fresh seafood lunch for purchase optional.) 

12pm and 2pm: (45 min) tours of Florabundance Native Plant - Led by Deb Sheppard, 45-minute tours of gardens/property. Registration required for directions 25 people max. Nursery open for shopping. Register via link on this page

1:30-3pm : Drop by for Birdwatch in Harris Neck: led by One Hundred Miles. Meet with local Master Birders at Woody Pond within Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge to view one of the most productive Wood Stork colonies in the southeast with an average of 450 nesting pairs. Bring your binoculars or use the Naturalist’s spotting scopes and binoculars to view the nesting birds up close. While viewing the colony, take an opportunity to ask the experts any bird questions.  After visiting with the naturalist, you can continue exploring the refuge to find other wildlife.  Visit the Facebook Event and Click Interested!

Sunday April 21st

8am-11am: Spring Wildflower Paddle on Cathead Creek - Maggie of Altamaha Riverkeeper leading with Southeast Adventures.  Spring Wildflower Paddle on Cathead Creek Limited to 20 participants max, 6 min. Advance registration required through Southeast Adventures: $25 for those who bring their own boat, $50 for a single kayak rental, $75 for a tandem kayak rental. Event is weather & river condition dependent. Registration through Southeast Adventures website: Click Here to Register

1-4 pm: Celebrate Earth Days at Waterfront Park - Jackson Bethune and South of Athens headlines the music program with other musicians to highlight McIntosh’s cultural roots. Information tables to learn about McIntosh’s Coastal and Environmental Stewardship initiatives, Art-making for kids. Prizes and Awards.  Ice Cream from our own Alberta Maeberry. 

4-6pm: River Paul Medders –River Boat Tours - 2 Hour Nature tour. $50 per person. 18 people total. Registration required in advance. Register Here

Monday April 22nd

10am-12pm - Conservation practices for LandownersLongleaf pine forest demo at Ashantilly. Georgia Forestry Commission Forester Jeffrey Nesmith will speak on the recent controlled burns that took place at the Ashantilly Pine Forest and other forestry conservation practices. McIntosh SEED’s Ben Sterling will talk about the Sustainable Forestry and Land Retention Program.

10am - 12pm: Trolley Tour of History, Birds, Blooms & Butterflies at Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge. 25 visitors can sign up for a free trolley ride through the refuge with refuge Community Liaison Darrell Dunham, naturalist Susan Inman (OHM) and naturalist Christa Hayes. This tour of historic sites will include stops at Woody Pond to see the Woodstork colony and quick stops along the way for wildflowers and butterfly viewing.   We will meet at the Harris Neck Contact Station for the 10am tour. Must sign-up due to limited space. Must register - Click Here to Register!

3pm Green Cleaning “Make and Take”Join McIntosh County Extension for a fun afternoon of learning how to make non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaning products. Participants receive a room spray and all-purpose cleaner to take home.  $5/person to cover supplies offered by Michelle Quick McIntosh Co FACS Agent .Will be held at Ashantilly ~ 12 people. To Register for the Event - CLICK HERE

6:30pm: Premiere the Common Grounds Documentary at a local screening at the Parish House of St Andrews. Common Ground is a new film about how regenerating the world’s soils has the potential to rapidly stabilize Earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems, and create abundant food supplies. This film explains why transitioning to regenerative agriculture could be key in rehabilitating the planet while simultaneously invigorating a new sense of hope and inspiration in viewers. View the trailer here Video Trailer Join us for a discussion afterward about how our faith informs our response to food practices that support food justice and healthy soil in our community. 

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Friday, April 19, 2024 12:00 PM - Monday, April 22, 2024 8:00 PM (EDT)
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