Earth Day is coming up, and here in the Smokies we really care about our environment! Each spring here in the Smoky Mountains as the trees start getting all their green leaves, Gatlinburg celebrates our beautiful area in a special way.  Join us for the annual Earth Week Celebration which is held Monday, April 18th to Saturday, April 23rd. Gatlinburg dedicates an entire week to celebrate caring for the earth! Come for events teaching easy green practices through games, crafts and music. Enjoy opportunities to get outside and  get your hands dirty! 410794_10150890405518551_1828283377_o Tuesday, April 19th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. is the Spur Clean Up presented by Hilton Garden Inn. Gatlinburg will partner with Keep Sevier Beautiful to pick up trash along the Spur (a stretch of Great Smoky Mountains National Park between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge). Bring a pair of gloves and meet at Gatlinburg’s Spur Welcome Center at 9:00 a.m.  There will be a competition for who can collect the most litter! The winner will receive a company pizza party, courtesy of Big Daddy’s Pizzeria. Also, if that's not awesome enough, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream will be on site with free ice cream for all participants! Wednesday, April 20 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m is Clothing Collection Day. You can donate adult and children’s clothing and shoes at the GCVB Events Office. All donations will go to Sevier County Food Ministries, Sevier County Foster Family Clothing Closet, and Soles 4 Souls. Thursday, April 21st from 3 to 6 p.m. at Mynatt Park is the 9th Annual Earth Day Festival presented by Hilton Garden Inn.  Stop by for free activities and games, craft stations, and live music from Tuatha Dea! Also, Earth Week t-shirts featuring artwork from a local student will be available for purchase at the festival. Typographic design poster for Earth Day. Earth Day 4/22/16 Friday, April 22 at 10:00 p.m is a night race! Runners and walkers are invited to celebrate Earth Week with the Earth Day 5K Run/Walk presented by Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Gatlinburg. Athletes of all ages are welcome to participate in this USA Track and Field sanctioned event. Race day registration begins at 8:00 p.m. at Nantahala Outdoor Center. Register online here Here in the Smoky Mountains we are about our environment and teaching green practices is something we're passionate about! Many have committed to the “Gatlinburg Goes Green” program to help reduce their impact on the environment. The city of Gatlinburg has been working hard since 1979 to reduce the overall impact of the environment, and they’ve done some amazing things like starting community projects, recycling initiatives, chemical management, business incentives and so much more. The city continues to work hard to develop it’s environmental awareness.