FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — On Earth Day, April 22, there will be hands-on activities at various venues around Forsyth County, sponsored by Forsyth Digs Earth Day. Those include:
8 a.m. – noon – Horticulture Open House at Lanier Technical College. Tour the greenhouse and cover crop gardens. 3410 Ronald Reagan Boulevard.
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Buford Trout Hatchery. Hatchery tour, nature trails, bird watching, and catch and release fishing in the Family Pond.
9 a.m. - noon – Farmer’s Market Preview. Meet local farmers, shop for fresh produce, talk to your Extension agent, learn about 4-H programs, and enjoy live music by Chris Hamrick. Across from the Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road.
9 a.m. – noon – Hike Sawnee Mountain with a Master Gardener and learn about native and invasive plants. Tours depart from the Louise Mashburn Native Plant Garden at the Bettis-Tribble Road trailhead.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Fowler Park Festivities. Join Forsyth County Extension Master Naturalist volunteers at the Big Creek Greenway trailhead (near the skate park) to celebrate Earth Day, visit the Water Wonders exhibit, and Wander the Greenway with a Master Naturalist to learn about their citizen science projects. 4110 Carolene Way.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Farmer for a Day at Warbington Farms. Story time, planting, “hey” ride, petting zoo, fun park and antique tractor show
1 – 3 p.m. – Growing Giant Pumpkins Workshop. Join Forsyth County Extension Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent Heather Kolich to learn the secrets of growing giant pumpkins and how to get yours started for the Giant Pumpkin contest at the Cumming Country Fair and Festival in October. $5 includes workshop, official contest seeds, and contest entry fee. Call 770-887-2418 to register. Learning for Life Garden, Forsyth County Extension Office, 875 Lanier 400 Parkway.
1 – 3 p.m. – Dual-purpose Vegetables Cooking Demonstration. Join Forsyth County Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Agent Barbara Worley to learn about vegetables with multiple edible parts. Forsyth County Extension Office, 875 Lanier 400 Parkway.
2 – 4 p.m. – Scavenger Hunt through the Poetry Garden at Post Road Library with Master Gardeners to learn about beneficial insects. Plant an herb to take home. 5010 Post Road.
4 – 5 p.m. – Scavenger Hunt through the Pollinator Garden at Hampton Park Library with Master Gardeners to learn about pollinators and the plants that feed them, and make a bee habitat to take home. 5345 Settingdown Road.
5:30 – 7p.m. – Adopt-a-Stream Amphibian/ Frog Monitoring Workshop with Kevin Smith of Keep Forsyth County Beautiful. Hampton Park Library. Register at keepforsythcountybeautiful.org.
7 p.m. – Evening Frog Walk with Forsyth County Master Naturalist volunteers. Learn to identify frogs and toads by sound. Walks depart from the Educational Kiosk at the Fowler Park greenway trailhead.