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Earth Month Roundup 2016 

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Olympia OR's Procession of the Species - Jim Culp/Flickr

 

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 was the catalyst that helped jumpstart the modern environmental movement, inspiring citizens around the world to demonstrate their commitment to a healthy and sustainable world. Earth Day is just one day, but there are opportunities to get involved all month long, thanks to EarthShare member charities and affiliates.  

Here’s our roundup of just some of the activities you can join this April. If you don’t see an opportunity in your area, enter your zip code into our volunteer widget to search for events, or visit Idealist.org.

Nationwide & Online Opportunities.

    • Whether you need help organizing your own event or want to join an existing opportunity, Earth Day Network offers tools and resources for you to get involved with Earth Day in your community – or get your community involved in Earth Day. Find out how you can participate.
    • Show your love for America’s national park system throughout April with National Parks Conservation Association. From the Everglades to our nation’s capital, there’s a way for people everywhere to celebrate these special places. And don’t forget National Park Opening Weekend – admission to our country’s many national parks is free from April 16-24.
    • The Environmental Protection Agency offers lots of great resources for Earth Day activities you can join or start in your community. 

 

California:

San Diego's annual EarthFair in Balboa Park is the largest free annual environmental fair in the world, drawing around 60,000 visitors. This year it takes place on April 17.

On April 23, thousands will converge on the Mission to celebrate Earth Day San Francisco 2016. The event will feature entertainment, speakers, workshops, green businesses, and more.

Join EarthShare California on May 5 at the David Brower Center in Berkeley for an evening filled with live music, silent auction, refreshments and more, all in celebration of California's environmental charities.

 

Washington, DC:

Union Station in Washington DC is hosting Earth Day events from April 21-22 featuring interactive, eco-friendly experiences to raise awareness of environmental issues and encourage sustainability.

Take the EarthShare EcoChallenge on April 23! Join EarthShare, local member charity Anacostia Watershed Society, and thousands of volunteers to help care for our community by donating a couple of hours to the DC Anacostia River Cleanup!

 

Florida:

Join Sarasota's Earth Day Celebration on April 23. Event includes a plant sale, music, food, guided walks, and more

Central Florida Earth Day is an exciting day of colorful and educational exhibits and activities! It will take place at beautiful Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando on April 23. Admission is free.

 

Illinois:

Join Illinois environmental organizations in Springfield for their Environmental Lobby Day 2015 and an Earth Day Clean Jobs & Climate Rally. The Lobby Day takes place on April 7 and the Earth Day events happen on April 21.

Join Friends of the Parks county-wide effort 27th annual earth day parks & preserves clean-up in Chicago on April 23. Volunteers are encouraged to get out and clean and green their neighborhood parks and preserves.

 

Georgia:

EarthShare Georgia has engaging opportunities for businesses, individuals and communities in the Metro Atlanta area – there’s something here for everybody! Events range from a Corporate Green Day Challenge on April 2 to a Leadership Breakfast on April 14 and an Earth Day Party on April 21.

  

Maryland:

The annual Baltimore Green Week will take place from April 16-23. The public will have access to a variety of educational workshops, lectures, films, tours, and hands-on projects on issues such as climate change, sustainable agriculture, water conservation, and energy efficiency.

 

Massachusetts:

Join the Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust in Lowell on April 26 for an evening of short films on environmental topics to celebrate Earth Day.

 

Michigan:

The West Michigan Environmental Action Council invites you to West Michigan’s signature Earth Day event, the Blue Tie Ball in Grand Rapids on April 20. This formal event will feature cocktails, dinner and an auction.

On April 23, a flotilla of small boats will ferry volunteers out to various islands to clean up the Lower Detroit River with Friends of the Detroit River

 

Missouri:

St. Louis Earth Day organizes one of the largest Earth Day celebrations in the nation on April 24.

The Green Homes Festival on June 4 at the Missouri Botanical Garden presented by the EarthWays Center will be a fun, hands-on, day-long festival of learning, playing, and engaging in sustainability. 

 

New Jersey:

For a full list of Earth Month events happening in New Jersey, visit the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection website.

 

New York:

Don’t miss Earth Day New York’s events at Union Square in Manhattan on April 17 and an Earth Day 5k Walk and Green Tour on April 22.      

 

North Carolina:

Go Green at Durham’s Earth Day Festival on April 23. Participants will enjoy activities and demos; learn about many green practices and products at the Sustainability Expo and Earth Art Market; and enjoy great music, food and much more!

 

Ohio:

During the week of April 16-23 at projects across central Ohio, thousands of neighbors will pick-up shovels and hoes, grab garbage pickers and honeysuckle poppers, and put in the hard work needed to keep our communities clean and green.

 

Oregon:

Join the Bicycle Transportation Alliance on April 16 for an urban bike tour to check out some of the great community building projects happening in Portland. 

Creativity, imagination and joy will be on display during Olympia's Procession of the Species on April 23 as people of all ages take to the streets wearing costumes depicting Earth’s remarkable biodiversity. 

Marion County's annual Earth Day event takes place on April 23 at The Oregon Garden in Silverton featuring exhibitors, entertainment, and activities for all ages.

 

Pennsylvania:

Over the past 35 years, the Clean Air Council’s 5K Run for Clean Air has grown into Philadelphia’s largest Earth Day Celebration. Located on the beautiful banks of the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia, the Run is a celebration of sustainability, clean air, and improvements in the region’s environmental health. The run happens on April 16.

 

Texas:

Earth Day Texas is an annual, outdoor festival in Dallas seeking to elevate environmental awareness and influence the way North Texans think, live and work. This year, it’s happening from April 22-24.

 

Washington:

Help maintain the trails and parks of Washington throughout the month of April with EarthCorps, the Mountains to Sound Greenway, and the Washington Trails Association.

 

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Annette Carlson

There's lots happening in Pittsburgh PA for Earth Day 2016...Pittsburgh Earth Day is a citywide celebration of sustainability providing engaging programming for the region!

Check out pittsburghearthday.org for events from the Pittsburgh Earth Day team that will be taking place Thursday, April 21st through Sunday, April 24th, 2016.


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