Field Trips and Events

Picnic for Earth

April 21, 2013
12 - 3 p.m.

Free community event! Open to the public, rain or shine.

The Meadow at Railroad Park
1600 1st Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233

Contact: Natalie Garcia
(205) 251-1155 ext. 107 | Show Directions


Click here for a map of Railroad Park.

Join us on Sunday, April 21, 2013 from 12-3 p.m. as The Nature Conservancy in Alabama hosts its second annual Earth Day Celebration with a Picnic for Earth at Railroad Park featuring a variety of environmental-themed activities, live music, a fun-filled kids’ area and lots of picnicking. This free event is a part of the Conservancy’s worldwide effort to unite millions for a healthy planet!

As a fundraising component, the Conservancy is once again bringing back an exciting component of the picnic: sponsored outdoor works of art. Last year’s event showcased picnic tables decorated by local artists, businesses and not-for-profit groups. This year’s “canvas” will be a made-in-America original, the Adirondack chair. Each sponsored chair will be decorated by a business or individual in our community, and attendees will have the opportunity to bid on the donated chairs at the event.

Earth Day is not only a good time to get outside and enjoy nature, but also a good time to think about where your meals come from: how far did your strawberries travel to make it into your picnic’s fruit salad? How were they grown and harvested? And what might they have displaced in nature to be produced? Agriculture and the demand for food and meat from livestock lead to much of the world’s deforestation, which in turn affects water and air quality, as well as climate emissions.

The Nature Conservancy is working with farmers and agro-businesses to promote climate-friendly agriculture and ranching practices that keep forests alive and their stored carbon out of the atmosphere. Because Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q restaurants are conscious about sustainable food practices, the Conservancy is excited to partner with them at the Picnic for Earth in Birmingham. Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q will sell picnic lunches during the Picnic with a portion of the proceeds benefiting The Nature Conservancy’s conservation work in Alabama.

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