Earth Month Roundup 2017

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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 some of the activities you can join this April. If you don’t see an opportunity in your area, visit VolunteerMatch or Idealist to search for additional events.

 

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.

April 22’s March for Science is an international movement, led by organizers around the globe. There are marches being planned across the United States and internationally. Find one near you.

April 29’s People’s Climate Movement is also taking place in locations around the world. Find an event near you.

Visit the Nature Conservancy's Volunteer Calendar for a list of Earth Month activities by state.

Beach cleanups for all! Surfrider Foundation and its Chapters, Save Our Shores, and Heal the Bay are sponsoring cleanup sites around the country throughout April. Visit their sites for more info and find out if your favorite beach is on the list!

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 Week – admission to our country’s many national parks is free from April 15-16 and April 22-23.

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 23.

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

Washington, DC:

The March for Science kicks off on the National Mall on April 22 at 9 am with a teach-in and rally and end with a march through the streets of DC. Co-hosted with the Earth Day Network, the rally will be a call for politicians to implement science based policies, as well as a public celebration of science and the enormous public service it provides in our democracy, our economy, and in all our daily lives.

Smithsonian’s Earth Optimism Summit from April 21-23 will celebrate conservation solutions with an unprecedented gathering of thought leaders, scientists, environmentalists, artists, civic leaders and international media.

Join the People’s Climate Movement march on April 29 in Washington, DC and across the country to stand up for our communities and climate. The People's Climate Movement is a project of over 50 organizations working together to solve the climate crisis and address the growing pollution of our air and water, while also ensuring the creation of good jobs in our communities.

Florida:

Join Sarasota's Earth Day Celebration on April 22. 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 22. Admission is free.

Illinois:

Join Illinois environmental organizations in Springfield for their Environmental Lobby Day on April 6.

Spend April 22 exploring Mary Mix McDonald Woods, a 100-acre rare remnant of the oak woodlands that were once common in northeastern Illinois. Sponsored by Chicago Botanic Garden.

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 1 to a Water Symposium and Career Expo on April 13.

Maryland:

Check out this calendar from Chesapeake Family Life for a list of Earth Month events throughout Maryland in April.

Massachusetts:

Visit the Framingham Earth Day Festival on April 29 to learn about ways to make sustainable choices while having a great time with your friends and neighbors! Live music, kids activities, and yummy local food are included.

Join the Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust throughout April and May for an environmental film series.

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 22, 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 22-23.

The Green Homes Festival on June 3 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:

Join EarthShare New Jersey, business leaders, and concerned citizens for breakfast! They'll be talking about how decisions made in the Garden State have impacted the state's wildlife, and what’s being done about it.

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 18 and an Earth Day 5k Walk and Green Tour on April 21.      


North Carolina:

EarthShare North Carolina's Corporate Earth Day Events programs integrates corporate interest in the health of our environment, team building for employees, and service to benefit the nonprofits working to care for our natural resources every day.

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 8-22 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 12 for a free “Rules of the Road” clinic for new and experienced bicyclists.

Creativity, imagination and joy will be on display during Olympia's Procession of the Species on April 28 and 29 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 22 at The Oregon Garden in Silverton featuring exhibitors, entertainment, and activities for all ages.

The Corporate Sustainability Collaborative has organized a variety of events and resources to help folks in Oregon engage their coworkers around sustainability during the month of April.

Join EarthShare Oregon and other local environmental nonprofits when they host the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on tour at Bijou Art Cinemas on Saturday, April 15th, 3pm-6pm.


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 9.


Texas:

You can support EarthShare Texas any time you shop at H-E-B -- customers can tear off and add check-out coupons worth $1, $3, or $5 to their total bill to support environmental work throughout the State of Texas for the entire month of April.

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 21-23.


Washington:

Companies, schools, community groups and individuals can participate in EarthShare Washington's Earth Day Challenge to help support the environmental community in Washington state. 

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.


Wisconsin:

Celebrate Earth Month in Milwaukee with the Urban Ecology Center with events throughout April, including a day of service on April 23.

 

Photo: Kevin Gill/Flickr 

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