For all of its environmental challenges, Baltimore has some pretty breathtaking natural spaces, and plenty of enthusiastic environmentalists to help take care of the them. Today is your day to get out and join them with some cleaning and greening, or even just hanging out.
Here’s a sampling of events happening today. All are open to all and free, unless otherwise noted.
Blue Jay’s Perch, at Johns Hopkins University: Hopkins is rounding out its Spring Fair with a celebration of the Earth at the community garden. Organizers ask that you bring a food dish for the potluck, “and lot of good vibes.” Noon-2 p.m.
Dovecote Café: A produce market with fresh goods from Baltimore-based Whitelock Farms and Strength To Love 2 Farms, plus locally made honey and a live petting zoo from McClain Farms and Apiary. Bonuses: face-painting, giveaways and seminars for home gardeners and “houseplant enthusiasts.” Look for it in the green space next to the café. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Family yoga with Lift Yoga + Strength: A family class for parents with kids ranging from kindergarteners to fourth-graders, using poses centered around Mother Earth and worldly creatures. “Fly like a bird, be a tree in the forest, or cuddle with your little bear.” $10 per child for Lift Yoga + Strength members, $25 for non-members plus one child ($10 more per additional guest). 3-3:45 p.m.
Gwynns Falls Trailhead at Carroll Park: Jewish nonprofit Repair the World is linking up with Blue Water Baltimore to clean up the stream along the Gwynns Falls Trailway. 9 a.m.-noon.
Herring Run Nursery: For its Earth Day Festival, the nursery is hosting community forestry staff from Blue Water Baltimore who will be giving away trees. Nursery staff will also be showing attendees how to make their own rain barrel. Also, pollinator tours (think bees, birds, butterflies), a seed ball-making station, and coloring and a nature library for kids. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Hidden Harvest Farm: Station North’s Hidden Harvest Farm is hosting a community hangout and potluck to show off what’s in the works for spring, from plots and beds to beehives. Free Bird Society, Middle Kid and Leena Rhodes of Little Lungs will be playing live acoustic tunes. Food will be provided ($5 to $20 donation, sliding scale) for those looking to snack and help out the farm. Enter through the alley. 2-6 p.m.
Langston Hughes Community, Business & Resource Center: Northwest Baltimore’s Langston Hughes neighborhood is celebrating with a demo on how to make a rain garden and other events, including a raffle with a $50 prize. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
The New Century School: The second annual family fun and Earth Day event at the Fells Point’s private school, hosted by the TNCS Parent Council, includes Earth Day–related games, crafts, music and dancing. 1-5 p.m.
Waverly Main Street: Help plant a couple trees, pick weeds and mulch some garden beds at the 32nd Street Farmers Market lot. Neighbors will also be doing a community clean-up walk. Activities for children, food and live music. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
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