Earth Day 2022

Show your love for planet earth by celebrating with VB Parks & Rec! Drop your recyclables at our Recycling Zone on April 16 or stop by Mount Trashmore on April 23 for a fun-filled day full of exhibitors and vendors. Food trucks will be present, and there will be educational talks, hands-on experiences, and informational displays all centered around the environment.
The 2022 Earth Day Celebration has passed - stay tuned for info regarding the 2023 event!

Earth Day Celebration Talks

“What's Your Bus?: The Story of the EcoBus." by Jared Fritizinger

Jared Fritizinger is an 8th-grade Civics teacher at Old Donation School in Virginia Beach. In addition to his duties, Jared facilitates the 8th-grade Capstone sustainability projects and the EcoBus project. He was awarded the 2018 President's Innovation Award for Environmental Educators and is the current ODS Teacher of the Year.

"You, Me and the Bees" 
by Frank Walker

Frank Walker is the President of Norfolk Beekeepers and Vice-President of non-profit Nature Matters, who's mission is to foster understanding and appreciation for the natural world through direct experiences with live animals and the outdoors. He also assisted with the City of Virginia Beach obtaining the Bee City USA Certification.

"Pre-cycle and Recycle"  by Christina Trapani & Kristi Rines

Kristi Rines is the Recycling Coordinator for the city and the city's only Certified Manager of Zero Waste Principals and Practices. Christina Trapani is the owner of Eco Maniac Company,  and director of the Virginia Plastic Pollution Prevention Network as well as the Keep It Beachy Clean litter prevention program.


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Exhibitors, Vendors & Experiences:

  • Eco-Bus 
  • DWR will be conducting electro sampling of the lake and providing Fish ID opportunities with Environmental Studies program students
  • A variety of wildlife rehabbers will be present with animals
  • Ask HR Green 
  • City of Virginia Beach employment recruitment booth
  • Children’s Crafts
  • Inflatable bounce houses
  • Electric vehicles on-site
  • A variety of environmental exhibitors, groups, and governmental agencies will be selling environmentally friendly and conscience items, interactive displays and more
  • Various food vendors














History of Earth Day



Earth Day 1970

Earth Day was actually established on April 22, 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, a former U.S. Senator from Wisconsin. Nelson came up with the idea for a national day to focus on the environment after he witnessed the ravages of a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, in 1969.

Twenty million Americans — at the time, 10% of the total population of the United States — took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies.









Mount Trashmore: Landfill to Landmark

Hampton Roads celebrated Earth Day for the first time in 1990. We made our own history in the late 60's early 70's when the city converted a 640,000-ton pile of garbage into the nation's first landfill park. 

An environmental wonder, Mount Trashmore Park also features many other eco-friendly amenities. Watch this video to learn how the famous landmark came to be.





In-person Events

Earth Day Recycling Zone |  April 16
9 am - 1 pm on April 16 | Mount Trashmore (Parking lot next to YMCA) 

Come out to Mt. Trashmore where a recycle zone will be set up for the general public to be able to drop off items to vendors such as hazardous household waste, documents for off-site shredding, electronics, old medications, and pills as part of the VB Police Dept. "Prescription Take-Back Program". In partnership with AAA, Car Batteries and Children Automobile Safety Seats will be available for drop off as well. 



Earth Day Experience and Celebration |  April 23
11 am - 3 pm on April 23 | Mount Trashmore Park Special Event Area

Show your love for planet earth by celebrating with VB Parks & Rec! Stop by Mount Trashmore for a fun-filled day full of exhibitors and vendors. Food trucks will be present, and there will be educational talks, hands-on experiences, and informational displays all centered around the environment. 



Additional Earth Day Resources

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 ‭(Hidden)‬ Tree & Bike Buddies Dedication