Celebrate, Educate, and Make a Difference

Celebrate Earth Day with Parks & Rec at Mount Trashmore. The event brings the Virginia Beach community together to raise awareness about environmental issues and promote sustainable practices. Immerse yourself in educational talks, hands-on experiences, and informational displays - all focused on environmental stewardship. Stop by the food trucks to grab a bite!

In-Person Events

Earth Day Celebration, April 20

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mount Trashmore Park

Show your love for planet Earth by celebrating with Virginia Beach Parks & Rec! Stop by Mount Trashmore for a fun-filled day full of exhibitors and vendors. Food trucks will be present, and there will be educational talks, hands-on experiences, and informational displays all centered around the environment.

Recycling Zone, April 20

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mount Trashmore Park

Come out to Mount Trashmore Park where a recycle zone will be set up for the general public to drop off items such as hazardous household waste, documents for on-site shredding, car seats, prescription drugs, batteries, and electronics to be recycled properly by various vendors.

Earth Day Vendors

  • askHRgreen

  • Bee City USA

  • Bartlett Tree Experts

  • City of Virginia Beach Department of Human Services/Prevention Services

  • City of Virginia Beach Human Resources

  • City of Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation - Inclusion Services

  • City of Virginia Beach Public Works Waste Management

  • Coastal Edge

  • Convert Solar

  • Drishti Compost

  • Elizabeth River Project

  • Flower Made LLC

  • Food Rescue US - Virginia Beach

  • Friends of Live Oaks

  • Hermitage Elementary School Ecology Club

  • HRSD

  • Leave No Trace

  • Lynnhaven River NOW

  • Sierra Club Virginia Chapter

  • Surfrider Foundation

  • The Butterfly Society of Virginia

  • Tidewater Appalachian Trail Club

  • Tidewater Master Naturalist

  • TRAFFIX/ Hampton Roads Transit

  • U.S. Navy Stewards of the Sea

  • Virginia Beach Clean Cities/Drive Electric Tidewater

  • Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission

  • Wildlife Response

Earth Day 1970

Earth Day was actually established on April 22, 1970, by Gaylord Nelson, a former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin. Nelson came up with the idea for a national day to focus on the environment after he witnessed the ravages of a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, in 1969. 

Twenty million Americans — at the time, 10% of the total population of the United States — took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies.

Earth Day 1970 Part 1: Intro (CBS News with Walter Cronkite)
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