Friends of Johnston County Parks 4th annual Earth Day Countywide Clean Up



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Jessica Meadows Rich, Friends Vice President 

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Friends of Johnston County Parks Hosts Countywide Litter Clean Up for Earth Day

(March 28th, 2024) CLAYTON, N.C. – The Friends of Johnston County Parks is hosting their fourth annual countywide clean up in honor of Earth Day.  The event is a coordinated, county-wide litter clean-up scheduled for Saturday, April 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  


The group is working with local parks and recreation departments as well as county partners, in addition to NCDOT as part of the North Carolina Litter Sweep program.  Friends is organizing and promoting the event, with clean-ups happening all across Johnston County - Town of Clayton, Princeton Community Action, Town of Selma, Smithfield Parks & Rec, Kenly Parks & Rec, TLC Flower Hill Preserve, Bentonville Battlefield, Cleveland School Rotary, Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center, and Town of Archer Lodge.

Registration is required to participate in the event; the volunteer registration form can be accessed and filled out here. You can select a preferred geographic area of JoCo you’d like to work in as a volunteer on the form. Once the Friends group has confirmed participating towns and sites, participants will be matched to their preferred area. In addition, Friends board members will also be leading clean-up efforts in a few unincorporated areas. Bags, gloves, and safety vests may be provided at each location as available, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own if they have them.  


The Friends of Johnston County Parks is a 501(c)3 organization with a volunteer board advocating in support of parks, open space, the arts, and recreational opportunities on behalf of all Johnston County citizens and visitors. The group’s four strategic priorities are advocacy, education, recreation, and stewardship.


“We’re excited to be hosting our fourth Earth Day County-wide Cleanup, which presents a great opportunity to get outside and make a positive difference. Last year more than 270 volunteers across the county cleaned up 7,100 pounds of litter, and we look forward to again working with volunteers and community partners across our beautiful county,” said Jessica Meadows Rich, the event organizer and Vice President of Friends of Johnston County Parks, “Our parks, greenways, and open spaces are important assets and resources for the residents of Johnston County. Earth Day is the perfect time to give back and do our part to help keep them clean and free from litter for everyone’s enjoyment.”


Event Details
News media are invited to share news about the event. Following are the details: 

  • Who: Johnston County Citizens and Volunteers
  • What: County-wide Earth Day Litter Clean Up
  • When: Saturday, April 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


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Page last updated: March 28, 2024

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