June is Great Outdoors Month, a time to celebrate the outdoors by encouraging everyone to get outside and embrace the natural world. Throughout June, honor the great outdoors by taking part in various holidays geared towards conservation and outdoor recreation. Each year, the celebration is kicked off on the first Saturday of June with National Trails Day, which recognizes the benefits provided by local trail systems. The second Saturday in June recognizes National Get Outdoors Day. Their website states, “GO Day is an annual event that encourages healthy, active outdoor fun by introducing kids and first-time participants to outdoor recreation opportunities close to home.” June 14th offers the Great Outdoors Day of Service, where young adults from across the country come to Washington D.C. to participate in service projects at parks throughout the Nation’s Capital.
Over the years, the Brownieland Team has lent a hand to local nonprofits that focus on the great outdoors. All the organizations we have partnered with do their part to preserve and conserve and are always in need of support. We hope you will get involved, give back, and get outside in honor of Great Outdoors Month!
The Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM) facility is a premier program of the nonprofit, Live Thrive. CHaRM is a permanent drop-off facility that aims to improve our environmental health by encouraging reuse and diverting thousands of pounds of household hazardous waste and other hard-to-recycle items from Metro-Atlanta landfills and water systems. The Brownieland Team participated in Kid’s Recycle Day presented by Live Thrive Atlanta and Pebble Tossers in celebration of Earth Month. Learn more HERE.
Chattahoochee Nature Center
The Chattahoochee Nature Center (CNC) is a private nonprofit environmental education center. CNC features programming for all ages and opportunities to get close to nature and enjoy the beauty of Georgia and its native plants and animals. Volunteers are a valued part of the organization. There are many exciting ways to lend a hand in one of the Center’s many departments. In honor of Keep America Beautiful Month, the Brownieland Team volunteered at the Chattahoochee Nature Center by weeding and planting perennials in preparation for the CNC plant sale. Learn more HERE.
The mission of the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (CRK) is to educate, advocate and secure the protection and stewardship of the Chattahoochee River, including its lakes, tributaries, and watershed, in order to restore and conserve the ecological health of the people and wildlife that depend on the river system and in recognition of the critical ecosystem functions provided throughout the region and planet. On Random Acts of Kindness Day, the Brownieland Team joined the Student Conservation Association (SCA) to help CRK preserve Peachtree Creek by cleaning up trash and debris in and around the water. Learn more HERE.
Fresh Harvest and Compost Now
The Brownieland Team participated in the Fresh Harvest and Compost Now Volunteer Day hosted at the Fresh Harvest Garden. There was an assortment of tasks to choose from, like weeding, adding compost, harvesting, and spreading woodchips. A full circle partnership, Fresh Harvest delivers local organic produce to families in Greater Atlanta. CompostNow collects veggie scraps from many of those same customers, composts them, and delivers them to many locations, including the Fresh Harvest Garden. Learn more HERE.
Grant Park Conservancy
The Grant Park Conservancy is committed to the restoration, renovation, beautification, and maintenance of historic Grant Park. Grant Park Conservancy depends on volunteers to help keep Grant Park healthy and beautiful. Project G.R.A.N.T (Greenspace Restoration and Neighborhood Teamwork) convenes in the park on the fourth Saturday of every month. The Brownieland Team signed up to volunteer with Grant Park Conservancy in honor of National Park and Recreation Month. Learn more HERE.
Brownieland’s Robyn Ellis Kranz has volunteered at Kennesaw Mountain over the years. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is a 2,923-acre park featuring over 18 miles of trails spanning from Kolb’s Farm in Marietta to just north of the visitor’s center in Kennesaw. Learn more about Robyn’s experience volunteering and how you can get involved HERE.
Park Pride is a nonprofit organization that engages communities in neighborhood parks around metro Atlanta through its work with community gardens, volunteer projects, community-led park redesigns, and grants for capital park improvements. Since 1989, Park Pride has been active in greenspace advocacy by educating civic leaders and the general public about the benefits of parks. The Brownieland Team signed up to lend a hand with Park Pride in celebration of Earth Day. Learn more HERE.
Pebble Tossers is a youth development nonprofit with a mission to empower and equip youth to lead through service. Currently serving in ten counties across greater Atlanta, Pebble Tossers brings together volunteers from all walks of life, creating a ripple of giving. In celebration of National Family Volunteer Day, the Brownieland Team volunteered with Pebble Tossers for their BeltLine Beautification Project along Pebble Tossers’ adopted section of the Atlanta BeltLine. Learn more HERE.
Piedmont Park Conservancy
Piedmont Park Conservancy has partnered with the city of Atlanta to enhance and preserve Piedmont Park for almost thirty years. Each year more than 3,000 volunteers donate over 9,500 hours to enhancing and maintaining Piedmont Park for its more than 4 million annual visitors. The Brownieland Team volunteered with Piedmont Park Conservancy in honor of World Environment Day. Our volunteer team assisted with beautification projects for the two dog parks by trimming back overgrowth, along with picking up trash and old dog toys. Learn more HERE.
Trees Atlanta is dedicated to protecting and improving our urban environment through planting, conserving, and educating. Founded in 1985, Trees Atlanta works to mitigate Atlanta’s tree loss, protect its forests, and increase its tree canopy. Empowered by a community of volunteers, Trees Atlanta serves the metro Atlanta area and has grown to become one of Atlanta’s most widely known and supported nonprofit organizations.
The Wylde Center’s mission is to cultivate vibrant green spaces and inspire communities of environmental stewards. Wylde Center offers educational programs, events, and green spaces that actively engage youth, families, and individuals in their environment, health, and community. The Brownieland Team volunteered at the Wylde Center by potting plants, filling trays, labeling plants, and watering the garden. Learn more HERE.