Educational Workshops

GreenFest is proud to partner with industry experts to offer five free educational workshops on a variety of topics that will help you to “green” the Earth and your home environment. All lectures will be held online using Zoom. After registering, a link will be emailed to you 24 hours prior to the live webinar. Please ensure your Active Montgomery account is updated with your correct email address.

Beautifying Montgomery County through Plogging


Leslie Wilcox, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection
Valeria Espinoza, Montgomery Parks


Thursday, April 1 / 7pm – 8pm
Watch Recording on YouTube: https://youtu.be/X33PNMUM2XE


Plogging? Never heard of it? Join this virtual lecture to learn about this new trend in environmental activism. Plogging is a great challenge to take on this spring while helping you to get outdoors. Its part jogging, part picking up litter. You’ll learn about the community cleanup initiatives of Montgomery County groups working together on this important campaign and how you can get involved throughout Earth Month in April. There will be weekly challenges for you to tackle that offer an assortment of prizes.

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Thursday, April 8 / 7pm – 8:30pm
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/95131072528
Or via telephone – Dial: (301) 715 8592 / Webinar ID: 951 3107 2528
*Esta discusión solo sera en español.

Únase a los esfuerzos que protegen nuestras comunidades y el medio ambiente. Acompañe a agencias del Condado De Montgomery, Montgomery Parks, y organizaciones sin fines de lucro locales como (en orden alfabética) Audubon Naturalist Society, CHEER, CHISPA de MD, Defensores de la Cuenca, y Latino Outdoors mientras discuten los esfuerzos ambientales que se llevan a cabo en el condado de Montgomery y las diversas formas en que la comunidad Latina puede unirse a los esfuerzos que protegen nuestras comunidades y el medio ambiente.
* This lecture will be offered in Spanish.

Join efforts to protect our communities and the environment. Join Montgomery County agencies, Montgomery Parks and local nonprofits such as the Audubon Naturalist Society, CHEER, CHISPA of MD, Defensores de la Cuenca, and Latino Outdoors, as we discuss current environmental efforts in Montgomery County and the various ways the Latino community can join to protect our communities and the environment.

Presentaciones

Become a Community Scientist in Your Own Backyard – Join the City Nature Challenge!


Jacqueline Raiford, Naturalist, Locust Grove Nature Center, Montgomery Parks


Thursday, April 15 / 7pm – 8pm
FREE / Registration required: https://apm.activecommunities.com/montgomerycounty/Activity_Search/115146

Have you heard of the City Nature Challenge? From April 30 to May 3, cities around the world are competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people. When you submit photos of wildlife through the iNaturalist app, you contribute to important ecological studies that help scientist better understand the plants and animals of our local landscape. Join us to find out just how easy it is to participate, including how to use the iNaturalist app to submit your observations. Anyone can participate and YOU can become a citizen scientist! Please have your smart phone with the free iNaturalist app pre-downloaded.

Aiming for Zero Waste: Compost Food Scraps in Your Backyard


Kathy Vazquez, Recycling and Resource Management Division
Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)


Thursday, April 22 / 7pm – 8pm
FREE / Registration required: https://apm.activecommunities.com/montgomerycounty/Activity_Search/115144

Join DEP for a virtual hands-on workshop to learn how to compost certain types of food scraps in your backyard using rodent-proof compost bins. We will discuss the acceptable types of materials that can be composted, best practices to manage the composting process to prevent critters and odor, and what to do with the amazing “black gold” after the materials are composted. Composting food scraps in your backyard reduces the amount of trash disposed at County disposal facilities, while providing you with nutrient-rich soil amendments to grow healthier plants.

Creating a Planter with Native Plants


Ann English, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection


RainScapes Program Manager
Thursday, April 29 / 7pm – 8pm
FREE / Registration required: https://apm.activecommunities.com/montgomerycounty/Activity_Search/115148

This lecture will highlight the benefits of using native plants to beautify your garden while helping to support local wildlife and pollinators. Participants will have the chance to win one native plant container (details below). Ann will walk participants through the steps needed to create a beautiful planter using plants native to our region. Ann will demonstrate how to plant the right combination of thrillers, fillers, and spillers to create a beautiful composition rich in color, texture, and form. Plant options will be discussed for both sun and shade gardens.

Prize Rules: https://s3.amazonaws.com/assets.montgomeryparks.org/uploads/2021/03/GreenFest-Native-Plant-Container-Giveaway-Rules-1.pdf