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3rd Saturday in April

Join us for Earth to Elkin, a celebration of our town's natural beauty and commitment to sustainability! This Earth Day event invites you to immerse yourself in hands-on activities that foster community engagement and environmental stewardship. From helping build community gardens to learning practical tips for leading a more sustainable lifestyle, there's something for everyone to get involved in. Come together with friends, neighbors, and fellow nature enthusiasts to honor our planet and take meaningful steps towards a greener, more sustainable future for Elkin.

April 20, 2024

Naturalist Challenges with Prizes 

Challenge opens Monday, April 15th and ends Saturday, April 20th at 2:00PM

Winners will be announced at the Earth Rally at The Railyard

Download the the free and easy-to-understand ‘eBird’ and ‘Seek’ apps on your smartphone, and join in a community-wide natural science challenge! The challenge is virtual but involves you being outdoors, observing as much data as you can! You can submit vis the app or if you would rather, you can submit your findings to this Google Form. Instructions for how to submit will be on the form pending the challenge you choose. Prizes will go to the following participants (one individual per category): 

  • Highest bird diversity

  • Highest plant diversity

  • Most bird photos

  • Most wildflower photos


If you need help using the apps, visit the Explore Elkin Booth at the Heritage & Trails Center during the Farmer's Market on Saturday, April 20th.

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Earth Day Rally @ THe Railyard

Get ready to celebrate Earth Day at the Elkin Railyard this Saturday! Join us for the Earth to Elkin Rally, where we'll have local non-profit environmental exhibitors showcasing their work, along with a special display highlighting the sustainability efforts of our schools. Enjoy live music, delicious food from food trucks, and take part in lawn games while sipping on a selection of Railyard beers.


Live Music Line Up!

Caroline Beverly 3 - 4pm

Libby Haynes 4:30 - 6pm

Box Dogs 6 - 8pm


Schools Stewardship Showcase

Witness the dedication of Elkin Middle School 7th graders as they restore the wildflower meadow loop trail at the park, the community garden on West Main, and the area in the corner of Crater Park above the boat dock. The Yadkin Valley Community School will also be lending a hand by assisting the Episcopal Church in maintaining the West Main garden.

Earth Day Tee's


Available at the Explore Elkin tent at the Farmers Market & the RailYard Earth Rally on April 20th

5% of each sale goes to our non-profits

at the Earth Day Rally

- Other Activities Around Town -

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Trails Volunteering 

LOCATION: Bonanza - Yadkin River Trail

TIME: 8:15AM - 1:00PM


  1. Trash Detail (at one culvert/large amount of trash from HWY 268 and I77)

  2. Trail Grooming

  3. Trail Mowing


The EVTA Triple T's meet for Trail building, Trail maintenance, and Trail Fun.

Part of the Elkin Valley Trails Association's Volunteer Network -

Signing up for this specific event, will automatically send out any updates to you.

If you want notices, you need to RSVP to each specific event.

*Pending Weather & Schedule Conflicts

Proper Trail maintenance/building attire recommended.

Hydrate- bring water/electrolytes

Open to all ages - some tasks/specific events will require specific skills/age.

Follow the Elkin Valley Trails Association (EVTA) on social media for information.

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In Celebration of Earth Week & In Partnership with Interfaith Power and Light's Faith Climate Action Week


Galloway Memorial Episcopal Church Presents


The Highly Acclaimed Documentary Film



FREE Film Screening @ Elkin Public Library!

Saturday, April 20th at 1:00pm


Common Ground is a new film about how regenerating the world's soils has the potential to rapidly stabilize Earth's climate, restore lost ecosystems, and create abundant food supplies. This film explains why transitioning to regenerative agriculture could be key in rehabilitating the planet, while simultaneously invigorating a new sense of hope and

inspiration in viewers.

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