Earth Day is on April 22nd, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate this year with your family.
Planning to celebrate Earth Day at home?  Check out No Monsters in My Bed’s post – Earth Day Reading for Kids.
These local blogs also have some great ideas for Eath Day crafts.  Both are great blogs that provide ideas for fun, creative, and inexpensive activities for you and your kids.

Here are some ideas to get you out of the house!

Thursday, April 21st

Earth Day Kid’s Night at Whole Foods

5 – 7pm @ Whole Foods Alexandria, Alexandria

Bring your kids to this free event to celebrate Earth Day!  Kids can try products from mother earth, get a vegetable/fruit incentive card to win a prize, and receive a fun earth day goodie bag.  This event is free!

http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/alexandria/store-calendar/

Friday, April 22nd

Rock Creek Park Earth Day Activities

9am & 3pm @ Rock Creek Park Nature Center, Washington, DC

Take part in the Earth Day: Migratory Bird Walk at 9am, and find birds through sight and sound, and learn why migratory birds choose Rock Creek Park as a stopover on their long seasonal journey.  For ages 8 and older.

Search the Woodland Trail for hidden treasures in Earth Day: The Forest at 3pm.  For ages 5 and older.

http://www.nps.gov/rocr/planyourvisit/ranger-led-programs.htm

Saturday, April 23rd

Earth Day Celebration

9am – 11am @ Belle Haven Park and Marina, Alexandria

Kids can participate in National Junior Ranger Day with exploration kits and wetland wildlife games.  Also at 9am, a representative from the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia will give families an opportunity to see native species of hawks, owls and falcons  up close as part of Earth Day celebrations.  RCV speakers will also give a short program and discuss raptor species found in this area, their habitat and other characteristics.  Then at 10am, NPS Park Ranger, Emily Zivot, U.S. National Park Service, will lead a wetlands walk.  Learn what is a wetland, why are wetlands important, and what’s in the Dyke Marsh wetland.  Park in the picnic area- free event!
http://www.fodm.org/news.htm#Raptors

Friday, April 22nd    

Earth Day Celebration

10am – 2pm @ Conservatory Terrace , US Botanic Garden, Washington, DC

Come celebrate the 41st anniversary of Earth Day.  There will be a cooking demonstration with Chef Tania Mercer, and you can learn how to make the planet a healthier place.  This event is free, and no pre-registration is required.

http://www.usbg.gov/education/events/upload/March_May2011-2.pdf

Friday, April 22nd
Earth Day: Party for the Planet

10am – 2pm @ National Zoo, Washington, DC

Do an Eco-Craft, meet the National Zoo’s Green Team, and learn about how the Zoo recycles.  The special activities will take place in the Zoo In Your Backyard exhibit, just off Olmsted Walk near Asia Trail.

http://nationalzoo.si.edu/ActivitiesAndEvents/Celebrations/EarthDay/default.cfm

Friday, April 22nd

Earth Day Family Fun Day

11am – 1pm @ River Farm, Alexandria

Patch and the American Horticultural Society are teaming up for Family Fun Day.  This is a free event for families, celebrating Earth Day!  There will be arts and crafts, recycling games, story time, and giveaways.  Families are encouraged to bring a picnic and enjoy family-friendly gardening activities and giveaways from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Children’s Garden.  Check out this post for more info on River Farm.  Call (703) 768-5700 ext. 133 for more details.

http://hyblavalley.patch.com/articles/patch-and-the-american-horticultural-society-team-up-for-family-fun-day-on-earth-day-at-river-far

Saturday, April 30th

Master Gardeners Provide Advice

9:30am – 11:30am @ Bon Air Park, Arlington

The Bon Air Park Sunny Garden will be the site for Herb Gardening (9:30 am) and Gardening for Birds & Butterflies (10:30 am). The Shade Garden at the park will host Gardening for Colors in the Shade (10:00 am) and Container Gardening (11:00 am). Complimentary refreshments, plants (while supplies last), informational brochures and planting tips will be available at both gardens, which are located at the corner of Wilson Blvd and N. Lexington St.  This event is free.  For more information contact Kimberly Haun at the Virginia Cooperative Extension, 703-228-6426.

http://www.arlingtonva.us/Departments/ParksRecreation/ParksRecreationMain.aspx

Saturday, April 30th

Alexandria Earth Day

10am to 2pm @ Ben Brenman Park, Alexandria.  

There will be environmental display, food, jazz music, poetry, free parking, and a tree sale.  There will be 51 exhibitors – every one will have a hands-on children’s activity at their stand.  The main event is a Fashion from Trashion Show in which 200 youngsters from Alexandria will walk the catwalk in their designs made from trash.

http://www.alexearthday.org/

Saturday, April 23rd

Huntley Meadows – Celebrate Trees!

11am – 1:30pm @ Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria

Tree Commissioner, Jim McGlone, will lead a guided walk to the Champion Swamp Chestnut Oaks, then Fairfax County urban forester, Jessie Strother, demonstrates what you need to know to select, carte, and plant trees.  You can receive a free tree seedling to plant at home or school, and enter a drawing for a free rain barrel.

http://www.mvcca.org/docs/earthday%20sheet%203-27.pdf

Saturday, April 23rd

Rock Creek Park Earth Day Weekend Activities

2pm @ Rock Creek Park Nature Center, Washington, DC

Participate in the Earth Day Weekend Hike: the “Why” of Urban Wilderness, and explore the recreational, spiritual, economic and environmental significance of urban natural parks on this special two-mile hike.  For ages 7 and older.

http://www.nps.gov/rocr/planyourvisit/ranger-led-programs.htm

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