Elk River Canoe & Kayak Trail Cleanup - Mar 8th
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Our Elk River is our primary water supply in Limestone County. The Athens Water Department pulls nearly 17 million gallons of water every day from the Elk to supply it's customers. The Elk River belongs to you. Won't you help reclaim it?
Last year, over 40 volunteers pulled nearly (sorry can't tell you how much -- see contest details!) of trash out of the Elk River and surrounding land areas. On Saturday, March 8th, KALB hopes to have an army of volunteers cleaning litter and debris out of the Elk River with a focus on the put-in spots along our Kiyak and Canoe Trail. We need YOU!
As part of the annual Great American Cleanup, KALB is planning a cleanup of the Elk River. This will be a huge task and we need all the help we can get.
Earth Day & Outdoor Celebration - Apr 26
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IT'S ALMOST TIME!! It won't be long before the fun and excitement of celebrating our amazing planet comes back to Athens!
KALB will host Big Dave Hollaway, Senior Naturalist at the McDowell Environmental Center who will provide his special brand of fun as he shares his knowledge about the planet we walk on. Hollaway has been with the McDowell Environmental Center for about 11 years and is not a desk sitter. Hollaway's office is the forests, fields, waterfalls, and canyons and his passion is to share a love for the creatures that share our skies and forests.
We are also pleased to announce that Vicky Beckham Smith "The Bat Lady", will be coming from Georgia with her bats to share her expertise on these misunderstood creatures. Vicky, who owns and operates A-Z Animals. Vicky presents interesting information-filled environmental education programs on a variety of wildlife subjects, but she is very well known for her expertise on and love of bats.
Lots of exhibitors will be on hand to share information on the environment, earth-friendly products and services, outdoor activities, and healthy living. KALB continues to accept Exhibitor Registrations.
Don't worry about keeping the kids busy! There will be plenty....
Community Garden Phase II
The Farmers Market Renovation Team will be kicking into high gear soon as they begin planning for planting season.
This is where it will gets exciting as the team looks watching the gardens grow.
KALB has another scout joining our team looking to complete his Eagle Scout project. Doug Doerr completed his Eagle Scout project during Phase I by designing and building three raised garden beds. Matthew Brannan will join us in Phase II as he helps research fruit trees and berry bushes that will thrive in this area. He will help plant the selections we make and research their care.
Tasks that need to be completed include painting the garden shed and adding gutters so rain can be collected in rain barrels. The team will also be adding the inverted culverts turning them into flower pots to enhance the property. Proper soil, organic fertilizers, and non-GMO organic plants will be selected and planted when the weather is right.
Phase II is the home stretch where the fruits of our labor will be given to the Limestone County Churches Involved (LCCI) Food Bank. We are all anxious to make that first delivery!
This committee continues to look for a person or organization with a heart for this work to organize volunteers to care for the gardens. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering with this team, please let us know! You can call 256-233-8728 or email KALBCares@gmail.com.