Fun Earth Day Weekend Activities

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Fun Earth Day Weekend Activities

Created more than 47 years ago, Earth Day was first organized on April 22, 1970.  The idea for a national day to focus on the environment came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California.  The first annual event drew 20 million Americans.  Today, Earth Day is celebrated all over the world in more than 184 countries!

This year, Earth Day falls on a Saturday, perfect to make the most of your day.  Here are a few fun and easy Earth Day activities that you can enjoy with friends and family on April 22nd!

  • Take friends/family to a park for a picnic. Spring should be in full bloom and weather-permitting, you can enjoy a few snacks in your local park, beach or even your backyard!  Good friends, good food and a little fresh air – what more could you ask for?
  • Go out for a walk, hike or bike ride off the beaten path to take in some views and relax outside.  It’s a great way to explore new paths and see nature at its best!
  • Join a MeetUp or other group organizing a park or beach clean-up. You’ll feel good about making a difference for our planet, get some fresh air and maybe even meet a few people along the way!
  • Help out and plant a tree (or two). Trees help clean our atmosphere, synthesize oxygen, provide a habitat for wildlife, and give shade on a nice hot day!  Check out the Arbor Day Foundation for local tree planting projects or plant a tree in your backyard/front yard!

Looking for more fun ideas, check out this organizer guide!

No matter where you live, it’s easy to celebrate Earth Day and make a difference for our environment and the planet we share.

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