Happy Earth Day Beaufort! No matter where you are, YOU can make a difference. Here are some family-friendly activities to help you celebrate Earth Day in the Lowcountry!
Today marks the 50th anniversary of this special day when millions of people across the world come together to promote a cleaner, safer environment. On Earth Day, we seize all the tools and actions that we have, big and small, to change our lives and change our world, not for one day, but forever. This special day also gives us another opportunity to talk more about protecting the planet with our kids and families.
Help preserve one of our most iconic marine species by adopting a sea turtle nest in 2020! Your donation helps protect loggerhead sea turtles nesting here on Hunting Island. Be sure to follow all the nests on the Friends of Hunting Island Loggerhead Blog. Photo: Friends of Hunting Island Sea Turtle Conservation Project
Let’s cover our sidewalks with messages for Earth Day! This year is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Let’s share positing and inspiring eco-friendly messages with our friends & neighbors. Please share your images here and be sure to use the hashtag #CHALKBFT to be featured on our site & social! We can’t wait to see what everyone creates! Share your passion for recycling and protecting our Mother Earth by coloring your sidewalk or driveway. Be sure to share it out on the #CHALKBFT Facebook page too so we can see your beautiful creations!
Do you know what is recyclable at the Beaufort County Convenience Center? Take the quiz to find out!
Plant A Tree or some Flowers!
Planting trees is the best day of spreading love, prosperity, and harmony…. Let us all work together to take care of Mother Earth with lots of love. Visit one of our local Garden Centers and purchase something green to plant at home in your yard!
Where flowers bloom, so does hope. – Lady Bird Johnson
Visit your Local Recycling Center ♻️
Beaufort County provides 11 convenience centers located throughout the county where residents can drop off their household solid waste and yard waste. Residential C&D debris is accepted in small amounts at three centers (Shanklin, St. Helena, Bluffton). Seven (7) of the convenience centers accept recycling materials. Specific information on recycling is available at: General Recycling Info. Commercial businesses are required to contract with a private company for their hauling and disposal needs.
Launch a Neighborhood Clean-Up and put litter in its place!
Practicing social distancing is one of the best ways we can limit the spread of COVID-19, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t still safely support and celebrate your community. Picking up litter is a fun, simple, free activity that can have instant results for your child and your community. Cleaning up litter around your neighborhood is an easy activity you can do on your own time without fancy tools or equipment. With Spring upon us, this is a great time to get outside and explore your neighborhood in a new way. South Carolinians are encouraged to do their part in joining their local cleanup effort by removing litter from their neighborhoods, beaches, parks, schools, etc. while practicing social distancing. PalmettoPride is coordinating efforts for a statewide cleanup to celebrate Earth Day 2020. On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we hope that you will join us as we work together to create a litter-free SC. We encourage South Carolinians to do their part in joining their local cleanup effort by removing litter from their neighborhoods, beaches, parks, schools, etc.
Join experts as they explore important discoveries made about our planet, talk with teams creating green technology that benefits life on Earth, explore a new type of aircraft making flight greener and cleaner, and hear from a NASA inventor who has turned coral reef science into an interactive app that allows you to participate in science from home.
He that plants trees loves others beside himself. -Thomas Fuller
Anthony Keinath, professor of plant pathology at the Clemson Coastal Research & Education Center in Charleston, shares tips for getting started.
The Adopt-A-Beach program is part of the DHEC Marine Debris Initiative and is a great way for businesses, civic clubs, school groups, and neighborhood associations to make a significant contribution to the preservation of our coastal environment. Everyone who participates in a beach cleanup becomes a powerful advocate for the beach against litter.
Help protect our South Carolina waterways by Adopting a Stream!
South Carolina Adopt-a-Stream (SC AAS) creates a network of watershed stewardship, engagement, and education through involvement. SC AAS volunteers can play an important role in monitoring and tracking water quality while sharing information about local water resources with their communities. In providing baseline information about stream conditions, volunteers, local communities, educators, and local government agencies can partner to protect and restore our waters. You do not need to be an environmentalist, fisherman, or scholar to join this effort. All are welcome to find more information, seek training, and add to the knowledge base of river health in South Carolina.
We hope you are able to get outside and enjoy our incredible planet today on this beautiful Earth Day! Please be sure to share your photos with us to be featured on our site & social by sending us a message on our Facebook page!