BOWIE – The City of Bowie will cap off their Earth Month celebration with four events throughout the community on April 27 set to remind residents about the importance of taking care of its environment.
The proclamation of designating a whole month towards environmental and earth celebrations passed unanimously by the Bowie City Council on April 1.
That allowed the city to highlight all the events they have planned throughout the month versus just having one designated day or two-week period, City Sustainability Planner Ashleigh Armentrout said.
“There are a lot of different projects that the city approaches as a municipality that incorporate sustainability and green-thinking,” Armentrout, who organized the proclamation for Bowie’s Earth Month for this year, said.
Most municipalities only focus on celebrating Earth Day, an annual worldwide event on April 22 that holds various events to demonstrate support for environmental protection and growth. Bowie has dedicated the non-holiday event since its inception in 1970, Communications Manager Una Cooper said.
During the whole month, the city has embraced the Earth Month distinction by highlighting the events going on in the city with a banner on the drawbridge over the highway, Armentrout said. The 9th annual Bowie Green Expo, Earth Day Concert and the annual stream cleanup were some of the organized events that have already taken place throughout the month.
Starting at 8 a.m. will be the 2019 Spring Plant Sale in the parking lot of the Bowie Branch Library hosted by Bowie-Crofton Garden Club and the Bowie Green Team.
Those who attend the sale will have an opportunity to purchase a selection of native and pollinator flowers, vegetables, trees and shrubs that will not only help decorate one’s garden but will support animal wildlife. Food, rain barrels and compost bins can be purchased during the sale.
A new addition to the sale, according to Armentrout, is an educational workshop inside the library on growing successful pollinator plants.
“There are a lot of really knowledgeable people whose careers are devolved to native plants and bugs – there is an entomologist on the team – and a lot of people who work for USDA come and bring their job knowledge to the volunteer activity that they do as well,” Armentrout said “And you can learn a lot from a professional.”
Residents can also be a part of the city’s annual Arbor Day ceremony at Acorn Hill Park at 10 a.m.
The ceremony will recognize Bowie as a Tree City USA for the 27th straight year, and the city will receive a Maryland PLANT award by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Those who attend the event will also receive a free sapling to plant in their yard.
The Bowie Police Department will also hold its National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day collection of unwanted or expired prescription and over the counter medications. Police officials will also be collecting pet medications as well from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bowie Police Department on Excalibur Road.
“While it is something we work with the DEA every year, it is also about the environment,” Cooper said. “If you throw away medicine or flush it down the toilet, those are ending up in our water system or in the ground and neither one of those is not great depending on the types of medicine; it could be very dangerous.”
Lastly, Annmarie Buckley of the National Colonial Farm in Accokeek will share her knowledge of herbs and how they help the environment at the Belair Mansion on Tulip Grove Drive between 12 and 4 p.m.
Despite its ending on April 27, the overall message of Earth Month is to have the community involved in creating a cleaner atmosphere to live in and how to be proactive in reaching those goals throughout the whole year, Copper said.
“It is all about living more responsibly and making people stop and think before they do something,” Cooper said. “How can I do something in a most-friendly way for our environment and that might mean gardening that works with nature verse against it or planting native flowers that are going to grow easily in the climate.”