Within Stark County, there are many opportunities to learn about sustainability and environmental issues in our region.  Below is a brief overview of organizations that offer regular events for community members of all ages.  Visit the organization websites and the Stark SCENES Community Calendar for additional events and current listings.

  • Beech Creek Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve:  Numerous activities for all ages listed HERE.  Classes are available on request.
  • Entrepreneurs for Sustainability (E4S):  The Greater Akron Network provides regular events focused on action and dialogue about the possibilities of sustainability.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Stark and Carroll Counties and Habitat ReStore:  Workshops explore the need for affordable housing and community volunteers.
  • Huff Run Watershed Restoration Partnership:  A community group focusing on stream restoration with annual events including field trips/ classroom presentations for Stark, Tuscarawas and Carroll County middle school classes, a fall watershed group, a community festival, and programming at the Mineral City Nicole Donant Library.
  • Nimishillen Creek Watershed:  Community workshops focus on watersheds, watershed plans, riparian/wetland setbacks, clean water plans and creek clean-ups.
  • Northeast Ohio US Green Building Council, Canton-Akron Extension: A newly created extension focused on green buildings that will be offering educational workshops, site tours and networking opportunities in greater Stark County.
  • Stark County Master Gardeners, OSU Extension Office:  Gardening workshops on Going Green, recycling, rain gardens, organic gardening, improving your soil, worm composting, etc… for all ages and capabilities!
  • Stark County Park District, Stark Parks:  Stark Parks offers an extensive array of events and activities for community members of all ages include educational programs, hikes, camping, birding, and orienteering.  Programs generally focus on our environment, nature and animals.  Visit their “Activities & Events” HERE.
  • Stark Health Department:  Offers a family oriented biennial Environmental Health Exposition.  In 2010, over 60 exhibitors participated in the event hosted by Jackson High School.  Classes, workshops and seminars focusing on landfills, recycling, composting, wastewater/septic systems and drinking water are also available.
  • Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Joint Solid Waste Management District:  Educational classes and workshops for community members of all ages on landfills, recycling and composting.
  • The Wilderness Center:  Offers an array of activities and events including the “Enchanted Forest” show, nature walks, concerts, classes/workshops, art exhibits, etc… focusing on animals, the environment, and nature.
  • William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum:  Classes, summer camps and exhibits offered for families and children include Talking Trash, Gardening for Wildlife, What’s it mean to be green?, and Marsh Madness.  The Green Revolution exhibit will be running until November 6, 2011.

In addition, Stark State College and its partners in higher education are exploring additional educational opportunities to serve broader populations and interests within our community.  If you are interested in any of the following programs or have a suggestion to add, please do not hesitate to contact us at:

  • Sustainability Implementation for Small & Medium Sized Business
  • How Green is Your Organization?
  • Renewable Alternative Energy Options for Your Home or Small Business
  • The Basics of Solar Thermal Systems
  • Green Building:  Sustainable Residential Building Renovation & Design
  • Home Energy Fundamentals
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Greening Your Life
  • Bicycle Maintenance – Beginner & Advanced Levels
  • Community Food Systems
  • Vegetarian Cooking On the Go!
  • Sustainable Landscape Design:  Hydrozoning, Xeriscaping, Pest Management, Soil & Plant Nutrition