In partnership with Keep Kingsport Beautiful and its Clean Sweep Kingsport efforts, Bays Mountain Park invites you to begin celebrating Earth Day a few days early by joining park staff on April 19 for an Earth Day Clean-up.

Spending time outside cleaning up the environment and giving back to the community is the perfect way to celebrate this planet we call home. From 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., park staff invites you to come help remove trash along some of the trails in order to keep the nature preserve as pristine as possible. We’ll will perform clean-up activities on Lakeside (2.75 miles), Lake Road (4.4 miles), and Fire Tower Trail (a round trip hike of 2.88 miles).

Earth Day takes place each year on April 22 to “mark the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970,” according to the Earth Day Network. It’s a day for people to show that they care about having a healthy and sustainable environment. The Earth Day Clean-up at Bays Mountain Park is a great way for you to help improve the environment you enjoy!

If you’re interested in this volunteer opportunity, please pre-register by calling the Nature Center at (423)229-9447. Participants should plan to meet in front of the Nature Center at 9:30 a.m. Please bring drinking water, work gloves, and closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather.

The Earth Day Clean-up is a great way for students to receive volunteer hours for school or scholarships.

Clean Sweep Kingsport, an event organized by Keep Kingsport Beautiful, takes place on Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to noon at seven locations throughout Kingsport. Designed as a community clean-up, Clean Sweep Kingsport efforts will take place in Downtown Kingsport, the Greenbelt (at PetSmart), Riverfront Park/Holston River, Riverview/Borden/South Central, Lynn Garden, Highland, and Madd Branch. For more information about Clean Sweep Kingsport, please contact Robin Cleary at 423-392-8814 or via email at rcleary@kingsportchamber.org.