(WFXR) — Whether you have a green thumb, or want to get your thumbs dirty, we’ve compiled a list of events happening in the area for nature lovers, tree huggers, community activists, and everything in between!
Kids Fishing Day — The Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation invites all children under 12 to “get hooked on the thrill of fishing” on Saturday, March 25th from 9 a.m. to noon. Families should meet under the Camp Carson Picnic Shelter at Douthat State Park. No permit or license is needed. Fishing equipment will not be provided.
Spring cleaning — Amherst County is hosting a spring cleaning day on Saturday, March 25th from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Residents can dispose of trash, tire, furniture, and appliances at the Monroe Community Center free of charge.
Stream clean-ups — The Town of Christiansburg‘s Engineering Department will be cleaning up the Diamond Hills Stream from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 25th. Volunteers are asked to meet at Independence Boulevard (between Sleepy Hollow Road and Gold Leaf Drive). Bags and water will be provided. Gloves will also be available, but participants are encouraged to bring their own.
The town will host another event to clean up the Towne Branch/Depot Park stream on Saturday, April 8th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Volunteers for this date are asked to meet at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center in parking lot F.
Spring Family Fun Festival — Spend the afternoon enjoying the outdoors with Giles County ACCE and NRV Cares on Thursday, April 14th from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. There will be a bounce house, games, and prizes outside of the Giles County Health Department.
Learn how to forage — Lynchburg’s Parks and Recreation department hosts ‘The Bee’s Knees of the Weeds‘ event, a hands-on class teaching you how to locate, identify, and harvest foraged plants for food and health purposes. Two classes are available: Thursday, March 30th at 6 p.m. or Saturday, April 15th at 10 a.m. Both classes will be held at the Miller Center. Tickets are $45 for Lynchburg residents and $55 for non-residents. Registration closes four days before each program date.
‘Broomin’ & Bloomin’ — Celebrate 40 years of keeping Montgomery County beautiful by donating your time to collect litter with fellow community members on Saturday, April 22nd from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Event supplies (gloves, vests, and trash bags) will be available for pick up at the Montgomery County Government Center, General Services Department. For more information visit their website.
Roanoke River clean-up — Own your Roanoke pride by cleaning up the Roanoke River on Saturday, April 1st, with Roanoke County’s Parks, Recreation, and Tourism. Selected trails and river frontage along the Roanoke River will be the main focus areas. Gloves, trash bags, and other needed materials will be provided by the department. To sign up as an individual or group, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540-682-3123. Volunteers will meet at the Explore Park Visitor Center at 9 a.m.