Rockville to Celebrate Earth Month with Activities Throughout April

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City to Observe Earth Day and Arbor Day on Friday, April 22 Rockville, Md., March 16 – April is Earth Month as Rockville celebrates the 46th Earth Day, on Friday, April 22. It’s just one event in a month full of free activities promoting environmental sustainability. April 5: 3rd Annual Montgomery County Energy Summit, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in Silver Spring. Learn more at http://www.usgbc.org/event/3rd-annual-montgomery-county-energy-summit. April 9: Green Your Backyard Information Session, 1-2:30 p.m. at Twinbrook Community Recreation Center, 12920 Twinbrook Parkway. Learn about RainScapes Rewards and other City programs designed to help you green your backyard and reduce pollution in this free information session. To register, call 240-314-8877 or email rainscapes@rockvillemd.gov with your name, phone number and address. April 16: 28th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup. Stream cleanup sites include: Croydon Creek Nature Center, 852 Avery Road, from 9 a.m.-noon. Twinbrook Community Recreation Center, 12920 Twinbrook Parkway, from 9-11 a.m. Maryvale Park, 812 First St., from 10 a.m.-noon. City staff will greet volunteers. Gloves and bags will be provided. Student Service Learning hours are available. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring water and wear sturdy shoes. For more information, or to register, email environment@rockvillemd.gov or call 240-314-8877. April 17: Invasive Plant Pull, 1:30-4:30 p.m. at Croydon Creek Nature Center, 852 Avery Road. Work with a regional expert to pull invasive plants. Gloves will be provided. No advanced registration necessary. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Call 240-314-8770 for details. April 22: Earth Day/Arbor Day Tree Planting Ceremony, 2 p.m. at Beall Elementary, 451 Beall Ave. All are welcome to attend. Rockville will be recognized as a “Tree City USA” for the 27th consecutive year. Staff from the city’s Environmental Management Division will work with students on stream buffer planting and stream cleanup. City Forestry Division staff will visit first-grade classes in Rockville schools in late April to discuss Arbor Day and the many benefits of trees. All first graders will receive a tree seedling. April 24: Rockville Science Day, noon-5 p.m. at Montgomery College-Rockville, 51 Mannakee St. Learn why science is our future. Be sure to visit the Croydon Creek Nature Center and Environment Commission tables. Free. Find more information at www.rockvillesciencecenter.org. April 30: Spring Festival with Native Plant Sale, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Croydon Creek Nature Center. April 30: Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Rockville City Police Station, 2 W. Montgomery Ave. Drive up and drop off unused or expired medications in the station’s parking lot. Drugs will be safely dispose of, keeping them out of our environment. For more information, call Cpl. Ken Matney at 240-314-8922. Find more details, check out tips for helping the environment year-round and learn how to bring an environmental speaker to your next community meeting at www.rockvillemd.gov/earthmonth. Learn how to get involved and live greener and healthier at www.rockvillemd.gov/environment. # # # MEDIA CONTACT: Marylou Berg Director of Communication 240-314-8105 mberg@rockvillemd.gov

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