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Front Royal Earth Day Celebration

April 21 @ 10:00 am 3:00 pm

Join local environmental and conservation organizations in Front Royal on Sunday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for an Earth Day celebration inspired by the iconic Lone Pine overlooking the town. Whether you’ve been a part of previous events or are joining for the first time, kick off spring with us and showcase your commitment to the environment!

This year, we are branding our event with the Lone Pine — a locally iconic tree that looks out over our town from its perch high up in Shenandoah National Park, alongside mile marker 3.8 of Skyline Drive. Standing just over an estimated 100’ tall with a 36” dbh (diameter breast-high), the Lone Pine is an Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus), a native evergreen tree species known for its beauty and longevity. Speaking of which, we estimate that the Lone Pine was just a sapling when Skyline Drive was being built back in the 1930s, putting this tree between 90 and 100 years old.

For many, this tree is a waypoint, a waving flag welcoming you back home after a trip away. For others, the pine represents a symbol of strength, a sentinel keeping a watchful eye over the community below.

The event will connect you with diverse, nature-oriented conservation groups that showcase environmental stewardship at its best. There will be a petting zoo, kids activities, food trucks, plants for sale, tons of free give-aways, a beekeeping and apothecary demo (11 a.m.), a wildlife education program by the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center (12-12:30 p.m.), electric vehicle display, and an Arbor Day tree planting ceremony (1 p.m.)!