Bees, trees, and gardens: How organizations plan to spend $50,000

15 organizations will help Music City stay green with the help of green (money, that is) raised at Nashville Earth Day.

Drone photo of Nashville residents gathering around tents

Thousands of Nashville residents gather at Centennial Park for Earth Day each year. | Photo by Von Reisch Photography via Centennial Park Conservatory

Fun fact: If you were among the ~10,000 Nashvillians at Centennial Park on Earth Day, you helped sow the seeds for new environmental projects across the city.

Centennial Park Conservancy will allocate $50,000 from 2023 event proceeds for 15 initiatives — up from six projects in 2022 — in areas like beekeeping, tree planting, and STEM-focused education. Let’s dig into the details.

Plants + gardening

Friends of Shelby Park & Bottoms | Remove invasive plants with the help of goats (think: Nashville Chew Crew)

Native American Indian Association of Tennessee | Establish a community garden in Southeast Nashville centered on native plants significant to the tribes that were historically based in Tennessee

Neighbors for Native Plants | Give away 1,300+ native plants to more than 60 families

Friends of Mill Ridge Park | Establish “gateway gardens” at Mill Ridge Park

Crieve Hall Elementary School PTA | Update and revitalize Crieve Hall Elementary School’s on-site food garden

Inglewood Elementary School | Inglewood pollinator habitat labor

Turnip Green Creative Reuse | Summer 2024 gardening workshops, plant swaps, and volunteer opportunities

Nashville residents lined up at a tent

Urban Green Lab will help bring sustainability practices into Nashville classrooms. | Photo by Von Reisch Photography via Centennial Park Conservatory


Urban Green Lab | Facilitate educator training sessions on bringing sustainability practices into the classroom

Nashville Tree Foundation | Fund a tree planting educational program at McKissack Middle School that will plant 40 trees and educate 180 students

Nashville Wildlife Conservation Center | STEM-focused environmental education programs in Metro Schools


Nashville Area Beekeepers Association | Annual care for 160,000 bees that reside in hives at Centennial Park

Stratford High School | Honeybee infrastructure, including fencing, landscaping, and cameras

Water care

Harpeth River Conservancy | Stream clean-up in Richland Creek and Mill Creek

Friends of Beaman Park | Water quality improvements and long-term water quality monitoring at Beaman Park

Cumberland River Compact | Expand the Residential Pocket Prairie program and promote “No-Mow May” for water quality and biodiversity

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