Earth Day Extravaganza

Together with the Haywood County Library, Haywood County Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting an Earth Day Extravangza throughout the month of April to celebrate our planet!

Check out the events below!

Month-long Events

Earth Day Egg Hunt

Get outside and hunt for Earth Day eggs from April 1-April 22. Wooden eggs will be hidden in he parks of the following towns: Waynesville, Canton, Clyde and Maggie Valley. Each egg has an challenge on it, such as picking up three pieces of trash. Email a picture of you completing the challenge to for a chance to win a prize. Prize winners will be chosen weekly. 

Collect the most eggs and win the grand prize on April 22!

Downtown Storywalk

Stroll through Downtown Canton and read "Earth Day Birthday" by Maureen Wright. Each page will be beautifully displayed in the window of a business. This endearing tale of Monkey, whose birthday is on Earth Day, will have the whole family laughing. The Storywalk is a great way to start celebrating Earth Day!

Bucket Brigade

Starting April 1, check out a bucket at the Canton or Waynesville Library and conduct your own stream clean up. Buckets will include trash and recycling bags, instructions and trash grabbers. After checking out your bucket, head outside and collect litter. Sort trash to send to the landfill and recyclables to go to the MRF. Send your data over to Haywood Waterways Association so they can track the amount of litter being removed from our community. This activity is great for people of all ages!  

Virtual Events

Access these events at Haywood County Public Library's Virtual Programming Page

4/19/21- "The Jolt Felt Around the World"

Join author Susanna Shetley as she reads her book "The Jolt Felt around the World". This story about humans impact Mother Earth will kickstart your awareness of environmental issues and the path towards a more sustainable future.

4/20/21- Talking Trash in Haywood County

Join Haywood County's Recycling Coordinator and Haywood Waterways Association to learn more about litter, stream health and recycling in our county. Explore what can be recycled, how trash affects stream health and why it is important to practice the 3 R's: reduce, reuse and recycle. 

4/21/21- Super Soils!

Join Haywood County Soil and Water Conservation District to explore soils! Learn how soils form, why they important and properties used to describe them. Create an edible soil profile to enjoy after all that learning! Take and make kits available at Canton and Waynesville Library on April 14. Supplies limited.

4/22/21- Compost Crash Course

Food waste makes up about 15% of trash that ends up in a landfill. Yard waste clocks in at about 14%. Did you know that most of that food waste and yard waste can be recycled to create fertile soil that can be used in your garden or yard? Join Haywood County Soil and Water Conservation District to learn the basics of backyard composting.

4/23/21- Awesome Opossums: Secret Backyard Helpers

Have you ever chased an opossum off your porch or found one in your trashcan? Meet Balsam Mountain Trust's resident opossum, Blossom, to learn why you are better off keeping them around. 

In-Person Event

4/24/21- Haywood Waterways Stream Cleanup

Time: 9:00 am to 10:30am

Where: Richland Creek. Meet at the Vance Street pavilion along Richland Creek (550 Vance Street, Waynesville, NC 28786).

RSVP: April 23nd to Christine O’Brien at or 828-476-4667 ext. 11.

Description: The cleanup will take place along the walking trail and stream bank of Richland Creek. Gloves, trash bags, trash grabbers, and vests will be provided.  Please wear closed-toed shoes and long pants that can get dirty and wet if you want to get into the water. Don’t forget a towel. Youth must be accompanied by an adult.