Celebrate Earth Day as a Family


Earth Day was first celebrated in San Francisco on April 22, 1970. Today, people in over 100 countries observe Earth Day in what has become the largest, most celebrated environmental celebration around the world!

Earth Day was first celebrated in San Francisco on April 22, 1970. Today, people in over 100 countries observe Earth Day in what has become the largest, most celebrated environmental celebration around the world!

Celebrating Earth Day as a family is the best way to observe this special day!  

Here are a handful of ideas to get you started.

  • Plant a tree. This is a great, fun family activity but it's also good for the planet because trees help to lower greenhouse gas emissions. Plus they provide a home for birds and squirrels. If you don't have a backyard, see if your town has a program allowing you to plant one in a park or community center.
  • Start an herb or vegetable garden. Whether you have land or not, many edible plants are incredibly easy to grow and can be planted in the ground or containers like small pots or even window boxes. Let your kids take part in choosing what to grow (so they'll eat it!) and give them responsibilities like watering and harvesting.
  • Craft Naturally - Use pine cones covered in peanut butter and oats or cornmeal, to make bird feeders for your feathered friends.  Or cut a door in the front of an old, washed out milk carton for a cozy birdhouse.  Or simply get creative with a dig through the recycling bin to see what can be re-used and re-crafted.
  • BONUS (for the super adventurous) Live like your ancestors!  Spend the day without electricity, using candles when it gets dark.  Eat locally grown food and cook over an open fire.  Play cards or board games, read books and go for a bike ride to fill the hours of the day.