Earth Month Events and Volunteer Roundup

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 2019 will focus on protecting biodiversity. Find out how you can participate.

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 cleanups and other events around the country throughout April. 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 2019, from April 20 through 28. Parks across the country will host special programs and events, including Fee Free Day on Apr 20!

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

Join Carbonfund.org to calculate your carbon footprint and plant trees around the world.

 

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 28.

On April 20, thousands will converge on San Francisco’s Mission District to celebrate Earth Day San Francisco. The event will feature entertainment, speakers, workshops, green businesses, and more.

 

Washington, DC:

Join thousands of volunteers on April 13 to help clean up DC Metro neighborhoods, parks, streams, and the Anacostia River with the Anacostia Watershed Society.

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

On Saturday, April 22, 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:

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 20.

Join Sarasota’s Earth Day Celebration on April 27. 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!

 

Illinois:

On April 10 join the Illinois Sierra Club to lobby for clean water at the state capital.

From April 13-14, visit the Unearth Science festival, the Chicago Botanical Garden’s free family event full of activities for kids, demonstrations, and special events.

Join Plant Chicago on April 20 for a primer on aquaponics, an exciting way to grow your own food.

 

Georgia:

EarthShare Georgia has engaging opportunities for businesses, individuals and communities in the Metro Atlanta area – there’s something for everybody! Events range from a Corporate Green Day Challenge on April 6 to a Leadership Breakfast on April 18, and a party on May 30. Sponsorship opportunities available.

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

 

Maryland:

The Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup takes place on April 13. 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 27 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 the Spring and Summer for an environmental film series.

Visit the Center for EcoTechnology for a list of events happening throughout Massachusetts in April, including Hancock Shaker Village Earth Day and UMass Medical School Earth Day.

Mass Audubon is celebrating Earth Month with a variety of events throughout the month in locations across the state.

 

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

On April 27, 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, aka Earthday 365 organizes one of the largest Earth Day celebrations in the nation on April 27-28.

The Missouri Botanical Garden is offering a variety of events throughout the Spring, including “Daffodil Dash 5K Trail Run.”

 

New Jersey:

Join the EarthShare New Jersey Rocks concert on March 23, the Corporate Green Day Challenge on April 26, and a celebration of New Jersey’s environment on May 17. Corporate sponsorships available. Full calendar here.

For more 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 2019 events at Union Square in Manhattan on April 23 and Earth Day Initiative’s Earth Day 5k Walk and Green Tours on April 22.      

Join Audubon NY for a beach cleanup in New York City on April 27.

 

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 volunteer events in Charlotte and Durham on April 4 and April 12 and a Corporate Earth Day Breakfast in Raleigh on April 26. You can sign up, purchase tickets, and find other events here.

Go Green at Durham’s Earth Day Festival on April 28. 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 13-20 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 26 and 27 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 20 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 36 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 20.

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, conference, and film festival in Dallas elevating environmental awareness and influence the way North Texans think, live and work. This year, it’s happening from April 25-28.

 

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 27 and throughout the month of April.

The James River Association is looking to remove invasive species in Richmond on April 29. 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 27 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.

 

Photo: Bi-State Development/Flickr (Metro Transit Celebrates St. Louis Earth Day Festival With an Art Bus Painting)