Earth Month Roundup 2018

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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 state 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:

Earth Day Network has announced that their activities for Earth Day 2018 will focus on mobilizing the world to End Plastic Pollution. Find out how you can participate.

On April 14, 2018 science marches on! The 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.

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 and other events around the country throughout April. Visit them for more info and find out if your favorite beach is on the list!

Show your love for America’s national park system by taking time to enjoy National Park Week 2018, from April 21 through 29. Parks across the country will host special programs and events, including Fee Free Day on Apr 21!

Don't forget to check out the #EarthOptimism2018 digital event, a shared online space for inspiration and creativity through conservation success stories, and learn how to host an Earth Optimism Sister Event!

The Environmental Protection Agency offers lots of great resources for Earth Day activities you can join or start in your community.

Join Carbonfund.org in a joint campaign to plant trees around the world to raise awareness and resources for critical environmental
work!

This Earth Day, let's partner to rally the global community to plant a million trees (or more...) to symbolize those values and commitment to climate leadership.

Clean Ocean Action and Aveda have partnered to protect clean water at events across the mid-Atlantic and Northeast in April

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 22.

On April 21, thousands will converge on Civic Center Plaza in San Franciso to celebrate Earth Day San Francisco. The event will feature entertainment, speakers, workshops, green businesses, and more.

Washington, DC:

The Rock Creek Conservancy has a bunch of volunteer events available throughout the month of April.

Join thousands of volunteers on April 21 to help clean up DC Metro neighborhoods, parks, streams, and the Anacostia River with the Anacostia Watershed Society.

On Saturday, April 21, celebrate conservation success stories at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in honor of Earth Day.This year's free event offers family friendly activities, hands-on learning opportunities and interactive demonstrations focused on conservation.


Florida
:

Join Sarasota's Earth Day Celebration on April 21. Get your hands dirty and join in the planting of over 5,000 native plants along a restored wetland 10 am to noon. Free lunch and park pass for all those who volunteer to plant!

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 21. Admission is free.

Illinois:

On Thursday, April 26th the Illinois Environmental Council, Illinois Sierra Club and Faith in Place supporters will be gathering in Springfield for the 2018 Environmental Lobby day. Join them!

Celebrate Earth Day weekend at the Unearth Science festival, the Chicago Botanical Garden's free family event full of activities for kids, demonstrations, and special events.

Like breweries? Like pizza? Like flowers? Come to Chicago Eco House’s first ever fundraising event at Whiner Beer Company on April 18. Chicago Eco House’s mission is to alleviate poverty through sustainable economic development.

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.

Check out events hosted by the Sierra Club Georgia throughout the month of April.

Maryland:

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

The 30th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup takes place on April 14. Join the Alice Ferguson Foundation to volunteer at a site close to you, and at other sites throughout the month of April.

Join the American Chestnut Land Trust for an Earth Month 5k, family hike, and clean up.

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.

Visit the Center for EcoTechnology for a list of events happening throughout Massachusetts in April, including the Springfield Museum Earth Week, UMass Medical School Earth Day, and Enviro Action Fair in Dalton.

Mass Audubon is celebrating Earth Month with a service day and festival on April 22 in Belmont and Cambridge. 

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 26. This formal event will feature cocktails, dinner and an auction.

On April 21, 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 21-22.

The Missouri Botanical Garden is offering a variety of events throughout April, including "Meet Me Outdoors St. Louis Garden Weekend".


New Jersey:

Join the EarthShare New Jersey Corporate Green Day Challenge, and gather up your coworkers for a great day of environmental volunteerism.

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


New Hampshire:

Events through the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests are a great way to get to know other people like you who care deeply about New Hampshire's forests and natural landscapes. Find one here.


New York:

Don’t miss Earth Day New York’s 2018 events at Union Square in Manhattan on April 15 and Earth Day Intiative's Earth Day 5k Walk and Green Tours on April 20.      

Join Audubon NY for a beach cleanup in New York City on April 28


North Carolina:

EarthShare North Carolina's Corporate Earth Day Events programs integrate 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. A highlight will be a Corporate Earth Day Breakfast on April 27. You can purchase tickets here.

Go Green at Durham’s Earth Day Festival on April 22. 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 14-21 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:

Creativity, imagination and joy will be on display during Olympia's Procession of the Species on April 27 and 28 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 21 at Oregon Garden in Silverton featuring exhibitors, entertainment, and activities for all ages.

Join EarthShare Oregon and other local environmental nonprofits for a full month of activities across the state, including tree plantings and biking events.

Take a hike with the Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center sometime in April and learn what makes this ecoregion so special.


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 22.

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay has events in Pennsylvania (and Maryland, Virginia, and New York!) throughout April.


Texas:

EARTHx, formerly known as 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 20-22.


Vermont:

Celebrate Earth Month outdoors! Visit the Green Mountain Club for hikes and bike rides throughout the month of April. 


Virginia:

Help clean up the Potomac River with Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment and the Potomac Conservancy on April 14 and throughout the month of April.

The James River Association is looking to plant 3000 trees throughout the spring in Nelson, Amherst, and Albemarle Counties. Sign up for a volunteer shift here.


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:

Join the Ice Age Trail Alliance for hikes, trainings, cleanups, and more throughout the month of April and beyond.

Join Riveredge Nature Center in Saukville for Earth Day Service Fest on April 21 by working hand in hand with Riveredge staff on fun, informative service projects that give back to both the planet and our community.

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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