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Operation Green Team Wants You to Do Beautiful Things This Earth Month!

Operation Green Team Wants You to Do Beautiful Things This Earth Month!

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Love the planet and your city this Earth Month! Operation Green Team is planning some great Earth Month activities that are easy for families to enjoy, and a fun way to #DoBeautifulThings together.

#KeepHuntsvilleBeautiful with Operation Green Team

Do Some Spring Cleaning

Still have that half-dried can of paint sitting around in your garage? Operation Green Team will be conducting a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on April 17 at Hays Nature Preserve (Map). Do some Spring Cleaning and drop off those hazardous items like paint, chemicals, old electronics, and more from 8 a.m. to noon. This year, the event will be drive-thru only, but attendees will also receive free giveaways like cucumber and tomato plants, popcorn and cotton candy from Operation Green Team, and The Alabama Cooperative Extension System will provide seed packets and children’s activities for families!

Hays Nature Preserve will be closed to other activities during the event.

Take Part in the Great American Clean Up

One way to #KeepHuntsvilleBeautiful is to keep it clean! Operation Green Team will be hosting a variety of Spring Cleanup events as part of the Great American Cleanup. Cleanup events are a great way for the entire family to get involved and give back to the community. Trash bags, litter sticks, and safety vests are provided, and all ages are welcome to participate. Check out one of the upcoming events below.

Sherwood Park Cleanup Day – Saturday, April 10 | 9 a.m. – Noon
Ditto Landing Spring Cleanup Day – Saturday, April 17 | 8 a.m. – Noon
Oakwood Area Cleanup Day – Saturday, May 8 | 9 a.m. – Noon
Five Points Neighborhood Cleanup Day – Saturday, June 12 | 8 am. – 11 a.m.

Take a Trash Walk

Can’t make it to one of the organized cleanup days? Plan your own trash walk in your neighborhood and clean up Mother Nature as a family! Operation Green Team even provides free pickup supplies like trash bags and pickup sticks. Just call ahead at 256-532-5326 to schedule a time, and they’ll have your supplies ready for you. The OGT office is located at 3242 Leeman Ferry Road SW (Map) in Huntsville and is open from 7am – 4pm Monday through Friday.


Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle with Nature Kids

Enjoy free activities for Earth Month at Hays Nature Preserve! Drop in to the pavilion at the natural playground anytime between 10 a.m. and noon to take part in a nature activity. The theme will be reduce, reuse, and recycle for Earth Month, and is open to kids of all ages.

Painting Reusable Tote Bags – Tuesday, April 27
Upcycled Windsock Craft – Wednesday, April 28
Upcycled CD Spinners Craft – Thursday, April 29

Operation Green Team is hosting Earth Month events throughout the month of April including Nature Kids activities.
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Earn Some Green by Going Green

Are you taking shorter showers? Upcycling old items? Planting a garden? Operation Green Team wants to hear how you’re celebrating Earth Month AND you can even be entered for a chance to win a $250 giftcard while you’re at it. Simply go to their Facebook page and comment what you’re doing to enter.

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Make Some Upcycled Art

This is a fun way to teach kids how to reduce, reuse, and recycle! Cardboard art, nature collages, and other recycled craft ideas are creative AND economical!


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Plant Something Native

What plants and flowers are native to your backyard? Why does that even matter? Have fun with your kids finding your area on the map and looking up your favorites. Then make a plan to plant some native plants at your house!


Make a Scrap Garden

Kitchen scrap gardening is growing new plants from items you would normally toss in the compost heap. Save those potato tops, avocado pits, and old sprouted onions and start a new veggie patch with them.

Learn Something New

You would not believe all the amazing nature documentaries on Disney+ right now. Our favorite recommendation for Earth Day to watch with older kids is The Sea of Hope on Disney’s National Geographic playlist. Younger kids will love any of the Disney Nature films. They are breathtaking!

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