Category: Eco-Activities

8 Great Ways to Green Your Thanksgiving

8 Great Ways to Green Your Thanksgiving

8 Great Ways to Green Your Thanksgiving Being green is about more than being eco-friendly; it’s about being a good citizen of the earth in ways that go far beyond the environment. When I think about being green, eco-friendly or earth-minded, I don’t just think about being kind to the environment. Sure, I think about [...]

Connecting with Nature: Walking in the Rain

Connecting with Nature: Walking in the Rain

With pots on the stove and dinner underway, I realized that we were out of barbecue sauce for our pulled pork. With a grocery store just a couple of blocks away, my typical response would have been to hop in the car, especially since it was raining. It would take just a few (dry) minutes [...]

So Hot I Could Fry an Egg!

So Hot I Could Fry an Egg!

Yes, it was indeed 104 degrees just outside our nation’s capital last Friday afternoon, before the big storm that left hundreds of thousands of us without power for days. Some people are still without power! The powers that be stated that the heat index that day, which is what the air feels like, clocked in [...]

Make an Earth Day Pledge Today!

Make an Earth Day Pledge Today!

Earth Day is just a few days away. What commitment will you make to have a more positive planetary impact? (My commitment for this year is to reduce food waste  – more on that soon!) Need some ideas? We’ve got you covered with the following suggestions: Learn More Read a book. The Green Book: The [...]

National Parks Week, Native Plant Sales, and More Earth Day Events

National Parks Week, Native Plant Sales, and More Earth Day Events

Lots of green green events happening this month in honor of Earth Day. From Native Plant Sales to National Parks Week, opportunities to get out and involved abound! National Parks Week April 21 – 29 The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation are teaming up to host National Park Week, during which you [...]

Green Events: Potomac Watershed Cleanup, Native Plant Sales, and More!

Green Events: Potomac Watershed Cleanup, Native Plant Sales, and More!

Looking for some great green fun this weekend? Opportunities abound. Whether you are looking for native plants for your garden or want to connect with the community during a spring clean-up, we’ve got you covered!   Annual American Horticultural Society Plant Sale at River Farm April 12 – 14* This sale features natives, annuals, perennials, shrubs, herbs [...]

City of Alexandria Residents: Spring Clean-up on April 14

City of Alexandria Residents: Spring Clean-up on April 14

If  you live in the City of Alexandria, get ready for curb side clean-up, the annual event where you can put your bulky waste on the curb and say so long! Alexandria Spring Clean-Up* Saturdays, April 14 – May 5 (see web site to determine the date for your zone) Here is your big chance [...]

A Twist on Story Time: By the Light of the Moon

A Twist on Story Time: By the Light of the Moon

Connecting with nature does not need to involve a grand plan, a field trip, or even leaving your own backyard. With the warmer than usual temperatures we have been enjoying, we decided to put a spin on story time. After dinner and bedtime prep, I asked one of the kids to help put the trimmings [...]

Fun Ways to Celebrate the First Day of Spring!

Fun Ways to Celebrate the First Day of Spring!

Happy Vernal Equinox! Today marks the first day of spring, when day and night are of equal length… how will you celebrate the day? This morning, I enjoyed a stroll through Huntley Meadows Park.  As I meandered through the park, I enjoyed the cacophony of birds in song and celebration. From Canada Geese to wood peckers, their [...]

Great Green Escape: Theodore Roosevelt Island

Great Green Escape: Theodore Roosevelt Island

A version of this story originally appeared in my Green and Simple column on the Old Town Alexandria Patch. If you travel along the George WashingtonParkway north of town, you will have noticed the massive lush patch of greenery in the middle of the Potomac River that is Theodore Roosevelt Island — another nearby great green escape. Two and [...]

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