5 ways to keep Birmingham beautiful beyond Earth Week [Photos]


Regions Bank / Cahaba River Society
(Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Earth Week 2023 has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t help keep our planet clean. Read on for more information on upcoming environmental opportunities in Birmingham.

1. Join a Cahaba River Society Cleanup

Regions Bank / Cahaba River Society
Volunteers from Regions Bank helped clean debris from the Cahaba River earlier this month. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

Last week, Bham Now tagged along as volunteers from Regions Bank joined the Cahaba River Society to clean up trash from the Cahaba River. The Cahaba River Society led multiple cleanups each day during Earth Week and removed countless pounds of litter, debris and pollutants from the river—but the work doesn’t stop there.

You can help support the Cahaba River Society by becoming a memberdonatingvolunteering or joining the Cahaba River Society for one of their upcoming events!

BONUS: The beautiful Cahaba Lilies will bloom from mid-May to mid-June, and the Cahaba River Society offers guided canoe tours to see them! Visit the Cahaba River Society website to learn more.

2. Utilize the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day, April 29

(Jefferson County)
(Jefferson County)

Do you have old electronics, batteries, paint or other hazardous materials taking up space in your home? The annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day is the perfect time to get rid of those items (and more) safely.

Visit the Jefferson County website to learn more.

3. Attend Earthbound’s Earthfest 2023

Earthbound's Earthiest
(Nelson Brooke / Black Warrior Riverkeeper)

You can celebrate the work of the Black Warrior Riverkeeper while listening to live music during Earthbound‘s Earthfest 2023! A family-friendly event open to all ages, Earthfest is a fun way to support the work of the Black Warrior Riverkeeper—a local nonprofit dedicated to improving water quality, habitat, recreation and public health throughout the Black Warrior River watershed.

4. Join the Birmingham Street Cleanup, May 6

(Black Warrior Riverkeeper)
(Black Warrior Riverkeeper)

On Saturday, May 6, members of the Black Warrior Riverkeeper are teaming up with Oak Tree Ministries to clean litter from the streets of Gate City—preventing it from ending up in the Black Warrior River watershed. Event organizers will provide garbage bags, gloves, litter pickers and snacks, but encourage volunteers to wear and bring:

  • Comfortable clothing that you do not mind getting a little wet or dirty (preferably long pants)
  • Closed-toed shoes
  • Water
  • Sun protection (hats, sunglasses, sunscreen)

5. Attend the 10th Annual Darter Fest, May 7

Darter Fest
(Darter Fest)

On May 7, you can join the Southern Environmental Center and the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve for the 10th Annual Darter Festival! Hosted at Avondale Brewing Co., this festival supports the Southern Environmental Center’s programs at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve with food and drinks, kids’ activities and live music from Will Stewart’s All Star Band, Shaheed and DJ Supreme as well as the EPIC Headstart Darter Dancers.

Know of other ways to support sustainability in Birmingham? Tag us @bhamnow on Instagram to let us know what events we missed!

Nathan Watson
Nathan Watson

Senior Content Producer at Bham Now

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