earth week

Celebrate Earth Week in Gatlinburg! Bring the entire family to Gatlinburg to learn about easy green practices, enjoy music, activities and games, craft stations, food and more!

Earth Week 2014 - April 21-27
Presented by Hilton Garden Inn and the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce Foundation

All funds raised from these events support the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce Foundation which provides traditional and non-traditional scholarships to members of the community, support to local schools, and support of the Gatlinburg Goes Green program.

Monday, April 21, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Gatlinburg Goes Green Breakfast Seminar at Hilton Garden Inn

Come enjoy a delicious breakfast and learn about TVA’s Green Power Switch, a simple way to support regional renewable energy. Christie Cagle-Brooks  will share information on TVA's renewable energy solutions, specifically how residents and businesses can support renewable energy without large upfront capital to install solar. Keep Sevier Beautiful will also be onsite with an informational booth. Registration begins at 8:30 am.  The program begins at 9 am.  Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Please RSVP by Monday, April 14th by calling  Jennie (865) 436-0505 or email

Tuesday, April 22, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Spur Clean-up

Get a hands-on experience at the Spur Clean-up beginning at the Gatlinburg Welcome Center on the Spur. Earth Week is partnering with Keep Sevier Beautiful and Great Smoky Mountains National Park to pick up litter along a stretch of National Park between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, known as the Spur. Businesses and Organizations are encouraged to put together teams to compete to see who can collect the most trash. A Pizza Party at Big Daddy’s Pizzeria will be awarded to the winning team!  Teams are limited to a maximum of ten people, but your business or organization is welcome to send more than one team. Ben and Jerry’s will be onsite providing free ice cream for participants.  For more information and to sign up please contact Jennifer Burke: (865) 436-0505, or
Wednesday, April 23, 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Get Growing – A Children’s Planting Program with Keep Sevier Beautiful at Mills Park Pavilion

Mills Park Pavilion Celebrate Earth Week with Keep Sevier Beautiful!  Learn to make three different flower pots out of recycled materials: toilet paper rolls, plastic bottles, and tires. Then plant a flower to take home. Families of all ages are welcome to attend this free event.  9 am: Pre-K through Grade 2, 11 am: Grades 3-6. To sign up, please call Laura Howard: (865) 436-4098.

Thursday, April 24, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Earth Day Festival at Mynatt Park

Bring the entire family to Gatlinburg to the seventh annual Earth Day Festival to learn about easy green practices, enjoy music from Boogertown Gap, activities and games, craft stations, food and the Knoxville Zoo’s Zoomobile!  Gatlinburg area green businesses and organizations will be onsite with activities and information. Earth Week t-shirts featuring the art work of a local student will be for sale at the festival.  Food will also be for sale from the Cabin Café and Ben and Jerry’s will be selling ice cream.  All sales will benefit the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce Foundation which provides local scholarships, donations to schools, the Gatlinburg Goes Green Program and community educational events.

Friday, April 25, 10:00 pm
Earth Day 5K Run/Walk in downtown Gatlinburg – Night Race!

Runners and walkers are invited to celebrate Earth Week by participating in the third annual Earth Day 5K Run/Walk in beautiful downtown Gatlinburg. Athletes of all ages are welcome to participate in this USA Track and Field sanctioned event. Early registration is encouraged to guarantee your shirt size! Race night registration begins at 8:00 pm at the Nantahala Outdoor Center, 1138 Parkway. Race starts at 10:00 pm. Register online at here.
Race Cost: Student/Youth: $15, Early (before April 1): $20, Regular (April 1-24): $25, Day-of: $30

Saturday, April 26, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Junior Ranger Day

Great Smoky Mountains National Park will celebrate National Junior Ranger Day on Saturday, April 26th, with special activities at all three of the Park's visitor centers from 10 am to 2 pm.  Children and their families can join in a variety of free, hands-on activities.  A few of the natural and cultural opportunities that will be available include Ranger guided walks, historic toy making, the making of dinner bells at a blacksmith shop, and visiting touch tables with animal skins, skulls and scat.

Sunday, April 27, 12:30 pm
Go Green Disc Golf Tournament

Come out to Mills Park to try out disc golf!  New to this sport? Beginners are welcome and extra discs will be provided.  On-site registration begins at 12:30 at the picnic pavilion at Mills Park; $20 for adults (beginner and open categories), $15 for children. Registration includes lunch provided by Mellow Mushroom and a 2014 Earth Week T-shirt. Tee-off between 1:00 and 3:00 pm. Each tee-pad will feature tips on how to “go green” provided by Keep Sevier Beautiful.  The tournament will also include putting contests with prizes from the Nantahala Outdoor Center at 1 pm. Register online at 

For questions, please contact Jennifer Burke: (865) 436-0505,

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