Environment Community Service Program
The Environment CSP encourages everyone to become stewards of the earth by working to preserve the world’s resources; promote environmental appreciation; protect wildlife and domesticated animals and plants and their habitats; develop sustainable habits and live sustainably; preserve, maintain and restore our communities natural resources; and enjoy nature. We have programs for community beautification, air pollution and energy awareness, environmental education, partnerships with community groups, recycling, resource conservation and water quality. Plans include continuing the Gardening Girls, supporting the NC Museum of Natural Sciences Prairie Ridge EcoStation, collecting athletic shoes for Soles for Souls, collecting plastic grocery bags for making sleeping mats for the homeless, a Pontoon Boat tour in the fall and much more. We work jointly with the Health and Wellness CSP on additional hiking, walking, and boating activities. In conjunction with Grounds Committee, we are researching how to utilize the Woman’s Club grounds and gardens as a Bee and Natural Pollinator habitat.
The Environment CSP welcomes new members and volunteers. Contact: conservation@
The Environment CSP continues its close relationship with the NC Museum of Natural Sciences by supporting the new science labs and educational facilities and by volunteering for many activities there. We are planning an event at the Prairie Ridge EcoStation in March 2021, as well as Behind-the Scenes tours and Volunteer Orientations at the Museum.
Household recycling has been a focus including the recycling of plastic grocery bags to be made into mats and sleeping pads for the homeless. We also collect used athletic shoes for Soles for Souls, and towels for animal shelters in the area.
Members volunteer for community conservation activities which are emphasized at Club meetings and the Club newsletter. Club members are also kept informed about legislation and community actions affecting the environment and quality of life. Programs will be offered at the Prairie Ridge EcoStation in March and at a luncheon meeting in April.
In the past the Environment CSP activities included:
- Planting Crape Myrtles for an attractive northern entrance to our city in 1927
- Sponsoring the Raleigh Garden Club in the 1950’s
- Campaigning for the creation of the N. C. Zoological Park in 1966
- Developing a “Bicentennial Garden” at the Women’s Correctional Center in the 1970s
- Supporting the Rachel Carson Wildflower Garden and Sculpture at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences in 2002
- Donating to “Trees for Katrina” in the spring of 2006 to aid in hurricane recovery efforts by the National Audubon Society and the National Arbor Day Foundation to reclaim destroyed natural habitats
- Providing the entrance to Prairie Ridge EcoStation, a research arm of the Museum of Natural Sciences off Reedy Creek Road in Raleigh
- Distributing more than 1,000 tree seedlings to be planted by members throughout the community, exceeding the statewide goal to plant at least one tree per member in 2010
- Support for Garden for Hospice of Wake County, JC Raulston Arboretum, and Historic Yates Mill Park
- Assisting the Junior Woman’s Club trash pick up along Glenwood Avenue with Adopt-A-Highway program.
- Lavender Farm tours
- Sylvan Heights Bird Park Tours
- Duke Gardens and Duke Lemur Center Tours
- Aquarium Tour at Pine Knoll Shores tours
- Decorating the Polk House for the Holidays
- Visiting Sunshine Lavender Farm in Hurdle Mills, NC
The Environment CSP also provides support for:
- Arbor Day
- Earth Day
- Martin Luther King Day of Service
- World Environment Day
- NC Aquariums
- NC Museum of Natural Sciences and Prairie Ridge EcoStation
- NC Zoological Park
- The many gardens surrounding the Woman’s Club of Raleigh Clubhouse
- River of Yesteryear in Youngsville, NC
- Soles for Souls