Earth Day in Williamsburg

York River State Park
Garden in Williamsburg

Earth Day began in the 1970s as a way to bring attention to the need for environmental protections and encourage people to get outside and connect with the earth. Since then, it has been a day of volunteering, outdoor adventure, and enjoying all that nature has to offer. Williamsburg’s unique environment and one-of-a-kind attractions offer many ways to spend this Earth Day.

Williamsburg Garden

Historic Gardens

Explore the Colonial Williamsburg Arboretum, a collection of more than 30 carefully maintained gardens throughout the 301-acre living history museum. The collection includes 25 period species of oak trees and gardens used to preserve heirloom vegetables such as beans, cabbages, tomatoes, and peppers. From the flowering backyard gardens to the elaborate gardens of the grand Governor’s Palace, these green spaces offer insight into the way colonial America lived and worked.

For a truly special experience, visit Colonial Williamsburg during its new event, CW Lights. This event transforms the world-class gardens of the Governor’s Palace into a glowing experience, with special lighting illuminating spring blooms like never before. You’ll also enjoy the sounds of 18-century entertainment as you stroll through the seemingly enchanted gardens.

Lavender Field

Sweethaven Lavender Farm

Sweethaven Lavender Farm offers a naturally beautiful and environmentally conscious experience in Williamsburg. The farm is home to 15 varieties of lavender, ranging from white, pink, blue, and purple. Sweethaven embraces regenerative farming, a practice that focuses on increasing biodiversity, improving the water cycle, supporting resilience to climate change, and strengthening soil vitality. The team at Sweethaven Lavender opts to treat weeds at the farm by pulling them or scorching them with heat, and no chemical insecticides are used on the property. The farm is also developing a rotational livestock system wherein animals are moved between pastures, allowing their waste to build the health of the soil and no one pasture is stripped of its nutrients. Composting and no-till gardening also play a role in the farm’s practices. “It’s been a joy to witness countless pollinators thrive in the wildflower gardens we’ve installed to help replenish our native pollinator population,” says Kerry Messer of Sweethaven Lavender Farm.

The farm is also a wonderful place to experience the natural benefits of a healthy Earth. “Lavender is famous for its relaxing properties,” says Messer. “The chemical compounds found in lavender trigger a biological response which opens neurologic pathways for the body to absorb potassium and creates a calming effect. The deep purple color of lavender is full of anthocyanins, which are potent antioxidants.”

Be sure to visit Sweethaven Lavender Farm’s website to make a reservation for your visit.

York River State Park

York River State Park

York River State Park is a great place to get a beautiful view of Williamsburg’s natural environment. The park is known for its rare estuarine environment, where freshwater and saltwater mix to create a rich habitat for marine and plant life. Designated a Chesapeake Bay National Estuary Research Reserve, this unique environment offers more than 30 miles of hiking and cycling trails, fishing spots, playgrounds, and boat rentals.

For an opportunity to give back, visit York River State Park on April 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for their Earth Day volunteer program. Park staff and volunteers will be on hand to clean, repair, and beautify the area. Enjoy the great views as you lend a helping hand.


As you plan your visit, be sure to check out our trip planning tools for all Williamsburg has to offer.

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