Keep Fort Worth Beautiful
Celebrate the planet at the Earth Party
Posted April 2, 2012
Fort Worth will be getting greener on April 14 during the Cowtown Great American Cleanup. Volunteers from every corner of Fort Worth are signing up to clean their neighborhoods, parks, schools and even along creeks and river banks.
Even if you haven’t signed up to participate in the cleanup, everyone is invited to attend The Earth Party following the cleanup activities. The Earth Party is 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. April 14 in Trinity Park near the Police and Fire Memorial off Seventh Street.
This community party celebrates Fort Worth going green in a big way. Guests can enjoy a free zero-waste lunch. If you don’t know what that is, come and see how it’s done.
Vocal Trash, a unique band that plays instruments using recycled items, will perform. Exhibitors will showcase something for everyone: get fitted for a kayak by Backwoods, check out how to compost in your own back yard and learn more about saving water.
For children, there will be face painting and games. Waste Management will have a recycling truck on display for all to view. The City of Fort Worth’s Animal Shelter will bring its mobile adoption truck so puppies and dogs have the opportunity to be adopted and find a loving home.
There is no admission fee. Bring a blanket, pack your lunch and enjoy the afternoon.
Cowtown Great American Cleanup
Mark your calendar now to participate in Fort Worth’s largest community cleanup event, the 29th Cowtown Great American Cleanup event Saturday, March 22, 2014. Learn more.
Earth Party 2014
After the Cleanup, come celebrate the earth in grand style at Fort Worth’s premier environmental education event, the Earth Party, held at Sundance Square Plaza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014. Learn more about the event or how to sponsor on the Earth Party web page.
Join hundreds of millions of people in 7,000 cities on seven continents by switching your lights off for an hour from 8:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29, in observance of Earth Hour 2014. Fort Worth City Council adopted a resolution that encourages local residents, businesses and institutions to participate by turning off all non-essential and architectural lights for just one hour to acknowledge and celebrate your commitment to do something more for the planet that goes beyond the hour.
Water Saving Seminars
The Fort Worth Water Department, in partnership with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, is hosting a monthly series of informative seminars that highlight the “how to of water-saving landscapes.” All seminars are free. Spaces are limited, so register soon. Learn more.
Yard Smart is a free, informative seminar designed to provide effective, beneficial ways to use water wisely in the landscape. Topics vary by season and have included butterfly gardening, landscape watering, container gardens, perennials, trees, and much more. Mark your calendar now for the next seminar on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Learn more.
Texas SmartScape Water Conserving Plant Sales
Texas SmartScape, its member cities, The Home Depot and Weston Gardens have partnered to offer special deals and great savings on select varieties of low-water-use plants that will thrive in the Texas heat. Several plant fairs will be held across the metroplex this spring.
In addition to the discounts on select native and adaptive plants, you can talk with a master gardener, plant expert, or irrigation specialist and get ideas and tips for landscaping in North Texas. Plan to attend one of the plant fairs. Check the schedule for a sale near you.
Take Back Meds Event
Take Back Meds Collection events will take place on April 26. Check locations and hours.
Crud Cruiser Household Hazardous Waste Events
The city’s Crud Cruiser will make 22 visits to Fort Worth neighborhoods in 2014 and will offer more week night events and new locations. Check the schedule to see when you can drop off your household chemicals at a mobile collection event near your home.
Master Composter Course
The Master Composter course is a 15 hour class offered twice a year. The course is taught by nationally recognized instructor Larry Wilhelm. Class participants attending all three days receive the Rodale Book of Composting and a C.E. Shepherd Compost bin, and will be instructed on implementing good soil practices at home, the ins and outs of backyard composting and other sustainable practices for the home, yard and garden. Learn more »
Help fund Keep Fort Worth Beautiful events and efforts to make Cowtown a clean place to live.
- Adopt-a-Street, Park, Spot or Median: Contact Cindy Brooks to find out more or start the adoption process.
- Graffiti Abatement: Visit the Graffiti Abatement website to learn more.
- Arbor Day, Free Trees and Heritage Trees: Visit the Forestry Section for more information
- Environmental Education: Visit the Neighborhoods website.
- Special Event Recycling: Check out recycling bins for special events.
- Conquer your Crud: Find out how to drop off hazardous chemicals found in your home at the Environmental Collection Center.
- Be Air Aware: learn more about air pollution in North Texas at Air North Texas.