Earth Day Celebration

April 19-21, 2024

Earth Day Celebration

The Anne Springs Close Greenway preserves its 2,100 acres to provide accessible outdoor recreation opportunities to visitors and members. Come try our most popular recreational pastimes, such as kayaking, archery, horseback riding, hiking and more during our favorite weekend of the year, Earth Day Celebration!

Everyone receives free entrance to the Greenway on Earth Day Weekend to enjoy time in nature.
To support our conservation efforts, nonmembers pay a $5 parking fee. If you enjoy your visit, please consider membership.

 


Other Great Happenings During Earth Day and Love the Greenway Month!

All afternoon activities have been canceled.

MOUNTAIN BIKE SKILLS PARK CLOSED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

Earth Day Campout

Celebrate the great outdoors, and experience nature firsthand when you camp with us! Exhaust yourself and your family with our exciting Earth Day activities happening all weekend before cozying up in your sleeping bag. Register in advance to camp with us Friday, Saturday or  both!

Bass Tournament

The Anne Springs Close Greenway Resources Team needs your help! In order to rebalance the biodiversity in our waters, we need you to catch some bass. Enter our Earth Day Bass Tournament to fish with friends, try to win prizes and restore the health of Greenway aquatic ecosystems. Registration is FREE, but there are a limited number of spots. Catch yours early! Registration opens February 1.

Click Here for FAQ's

Recycled Art Contest

The Greenway is hosting a recycled art installation on display at the Lake Haigler Entrance during Earth Day weekend. Guests will have the opportunity to vote on the installations, and the Greenway will announce a winner for the following categories: Preschool, Elementary, Middle, High School and Open.

Earth Day Community Village

Get to know the Greenway during our Greenway Expo. Talk with members of our various clubs and affinity groups as well as local community organizations.

Agape Acres | Greenway Hiking Club | Catawba Master Naturalists | Adopt A Stream | Girl Scouts | Boy Scouts | Fort Mill Stormwater Department | Greenway Volunteers | Greenway Photo Club | Friends of the Greenway | Greenway Ladies Guild | The Colonel's Club | FLYERS Aferschool | Catawba Riverkeeper 

Schedule of Earth Day Activities

Activities in blue require advanced registration and/or payment. Follow link for information and registration. All other activities are FREE. Mountain biking requires a helmet, and archery requires closed-toe shoes. Camping requires your own tent.

Lake Haigler Entrance

Guest Services Available

  • Fri-Sat: 8:30am-7pm
  • Sun: 8:30am-5:30pm

Gateway Canteen Open

  • Friday
    • Full menu: 11am-8pm
    • Live music: 6pm-9pm
  • Saturday
    • Coffee & light breakfast: 8am-10am
    • Full menu: 11am-8pm
    • Live music: 6pm-9pm
  • Sunday
    • Coffee & light breakfast: 8am-10am
    • Brunch: 10am-2pm
    • Grab & Go Available. Closing at 5:30pm

Schroering Forest Playground Open: 7am-sunset

Kayak Rentals (registration required): 9am-5pm

Earth Day Campout (available to register day of unless completely full)

Membership Promo + Giveaways

Make Your Own Bookmark + Craft Activity

Recycled Art Contest

Photo Contest

Farm & Stables Entrance - (No pets allowed in Children's Farm)

Crandall Bowles Children's Farm Tours 

  • 9am-3pm all weekend except Friday
  • 12pm-1pm midday break for animals. You may walk through the farm but there will be no interactive animal experiences during this time. Plant A Seed Activity in the garden continues until 12:30pm.

Adventure Road Entrance

Disc Golf Courses: Open 7am to sunset

Skills Park: CLOSED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

10am: Hiking Club Hike on Blue Star (3.5 miles)

8pm-9:15pm: Guided Night Hike (meet at Rush Pavilion)

Please note: The Crandall Bowles Children's Farm will be closed Friday

Farm & Stables Entrance (No pets allowed in Children's Farm)

9am-10:30am: Guided Trail Ride at the Hitching Post (registration required)

9am-12pm: Children's Farm Grand Opening (Archway)

9:30am-10am: English/Jumping Demonstration (Show Arena)

10am-12pm: Lead Line Rides (in Show Arena)

10:30am-11am: Horse Grooming Demo (Hitching Post)

11am-11:30am: Pup Jump - see how high your pup can jump! (in front of Show Arena)

11am-12pm: Guided Trail Ride at the Hitching Post (registration required)

12pm-1pm Midday break for animals. You may walk through the farm but there will be no interactive animal experiences during this time. Plant A Seed Activity in the garden continues until 12:30pm.

Dairy Barn Entrance

9:30am-10:30am: Fishing Clinic (Lake Katherine)

10am-11am: Kid's Nature Scavenger Hunt (at Map Kiosk)

10am-12pm: Historic Cabins Open (Docents on Duty)

10:30am-11:30am: Yoga (Comporium Amphitheater)

11am-12pm: Betsy McLean PAR Garden Tour

11:30am-12:30pm: Reptile Encounters (at Map Kiosk)

11:30am-12:30pm: Meet the Donkeys (Donkey Pasture)

Lake Haigler Entrance

8:30am: Anne Springs Close Tribute Hike (meet at Greenway Gateway)

10am: Hiking Club Hike (3.2 miles; meet at Greenway Gateway)

Adventure Road Entrance

MTB SKILLS PARK IS CURRENTLY CLOSED TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

9am-12pm: Dog Park Open House (Mary Warner Mack Dog Park)

10am-2pm: Canoeing with Scout Troop 108 (Lake Crandall)

Lake Haigler Entrance

1pm-2pm: Vaulting Demo (Riding Ring)

2pm-3pm: Falconer Meet + Greet (Gateway Lawn)

2:30pm-3:30pm: Piedmont Music Therapy Drum Circle (Rush Pavilion)

3pm-4pm: Fairy & Gnome Home Building (Schroering Forest Playground)

4:30pm-5:30pm: Reptile Encounters (Rush Pavilion)

8pm: Guided Night Hike

Adventure Road Entrance

MTB Skills Park Closed Due to Inclement Weather

10am-2pm: Canoeing with Scout Troop 108 (Lake Crandall)

1:30pm-3:30pm: Kona Ice (Group Campsite)

1:30pm-3:30pm: Campfire Building (Group Campsite)

1:30pm-3:30pm: Archery - Try it Out! (Archery range)

1:30pm-3:30pm: Tractor Rides (Group Campsite)

Farm & Stables Entrance (No pets allowed in Children's Farm)

12pm-1pm: Birthday Party Craft (The Hangar)

12pm-1pm Midday break for animals. You may walk through the farm but there will be no interactive animal experiences during this time. Plant A Seed Activity in the garden continues until 12:30pm.

Dairy Barn Entrance

2pm-3pm: Betsy McLean PAR Garden Tour

Farm & Stables Entrance (No pets allowed in Children's Farm)

9am-12pm: Farm Animal Exhibits with Docents (Crandall Bowles Children's Farm)

9am-9:30am: Horse Grooming Demo (Hitching Post)

9:30am-10am: Pup Jump (in front of Show Arena)

10am-10:30am: English/Jumping Demonstration (Show Arena) CANCELED

10am-12pm: Lead Line Rides (Indoor Arena)

Lake Haigler Entrance

6:45am-10am: Fishing Tournament (Lake Haigler)

9am: Hiking Club Hike (3 miles; meet at Greenway Gateway)

9:30am-10am: Nature Yoga (Gateway Lawn Stage)

10am-11am: Fairy & Gnome Home Building (Schroering Forest Playground) CANCELED

10:30am: Raptor Release (Scoville Dock) CANCELED

10:45am-11:45am: Vaulting Demo (Riding Ring) CANCELED

11am-12pm: Reptile Encounters (Rush Pavilion)

11am-1pm: Earth Day Community Village (Greenway Gateway)  Canceled

Dairy Barn Entrance

11am: Border Collie Demonstration (Behind Dairy Barn)

11am-12pm: Betsy McLean PAR Garden Tour

11:30am-12:30pm: Meet the Donkeys (Donkey Pasture) CANCELED

Adventure Road Entrance

Mountain Bike Skills Park Closed Due to Inclement Weather

9am-12pm: Canoeing with Scout Troop 108 (Lake Crandall)

Adventure Road Entrance

All Remaining Afternoon Activities Have Been Canceled.

Mountain Bike Skills Park Closed Due to Inclement Weather

12:30pm-2:30pm: Campfire Building (Group Campsite)

12:30pm-2:30pm: Tractor Rides (Group Campsite)

12:30pm-2:30pm: Archery - Try it Out! (Archery Range)

12:30pm-3:00pm: Disc Golf Competition (Parking Area)

Dairy Barn Entrance

All Remaining Activities Have Been Canceled.

2pm-4pm: Archery - Try it Out! (Rotary Trail)

1pm & 2pm: Border Collie Demonstration (Behind Dairy Barn)

1:30pm-4:30pm: Historic Cabins Open (Docents on Duty)

2pm-3pm: Reptile Encounters (Comporium Amphitheater)

2pm-3pm: Meet the Cows (Cow Pasture)

2pm-3pm: Betsy McLean PAR Garden Tour

3pm-4pm: Hide & Seek (Rotary Trail)

3pm-4pm: Fishing Clinic (Lake Katherine)

3:30pm-4pm: Nature Yoga (Comporium Amphitheater)

Lake Haigler Entrance

Grab & Go Available at the Gateway Canteen until 5:30pm

10am-2pm: Sunday Brunch (Gateway Canteen)

Farm & Stables Entrance

(No pets allowed in Children's Farm)

12pm-1pm: Birthday Party Craft (The Hangar)

Please continue to check back for updates, especially in the event of unfavorable weather conditions.

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