Mayors’ Keep the County Clean Challenge and other activities planned in recognition of Earth Day

 Northumberland County invites residents to join in building awareness of the importance of protecting the environment and taking positive action to clean up the county during our week-long Earth Day initiatives, starting on Monday, April 18th.

This week of activities will include opportunities for residents to build their awareness of environmental issues and take action to clean up their local neighbourhoods through the ‘Mayors’ Keep the County Clean Challenge’. Delivered in partnership with area municipalities, this friendly inter-municipal challenge is set to return this year after a two-year hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Earth Day is a great reminder of our shared responsibility to make a positive impact on the world around us,” states County Warden Bob Crate. “This year’s twelfth annual Keep the County Clean Challenge is a great opportunity for everyone to do their part in supporting a cleaner and healthier Northumberland—and planet — starting at home. I encourage everyone to sign up for this county-wide initiative to beautify our roadways, parks and public areas and to join in on other Earth Day initiatives taking place throughout the county.”

The County invites community members to join in the following activities planned to recognize Earth Day:

· Keep the County Clean Challenge — a week-long litter clean-up event: Individuals and groups are invited to register with their local municipality to clean up a public area (parks, roadsides, etc.) during the week of Earth Day, from April 18th and April 23rd.

· The 20-Minute Makeover: During Earth Day on Friday, April 22nd, individuals are encouraged to spend a few minutes beautifying an area in their neighbourhood, such as their place of work, a local park, trail, or school yard. No registration is required—simply grab a bag and some gloves and head outdoors.

· EarlyON Earth Day Family Story Time: Families with young children are invited to join EarlyON Northumberland for a free interactive story time program, featuring a reading of “Thank You, Earth” by April Pulley Sayre as well as other engaging activities, songs and rhymes. In-person programs will be held at EarlyON locations throughout Northumberland on April 22nd, or families can join our virtual Facebook Live event on Thursday, April 21st at 7 p.m. by visiting the @NTHLDEarlyONCentres Facebook page. Be sure to follow our Facebook page for additional at-home Earth Day activities featured throughout the week.

To register and to learn more about the Mayors’ ‘Keep the County Clean’ Challenge, and for more information about Earth Day initiatives, visit

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