Earth Day is held on April 22nd every year. It began in the United States in 1970 to help raise awareness of environmental issues. It is a day for everyone to learn ways that we can work together to save our earth for future generations. Earth Day provides a great opportunity to talk to our kids about the environment, including things we can personally do to be more environmentally friendly. It is also a day to celebrate and appreciate the beauty of nature.
Celebrate Earth Day by planning some fun activities the whole family can enjoy together. Here are a few examples:
- Plant a tree
- Hike a local park or trail and see who can collect the most trash and recyclables. Be sure everyone wears gloves and take along plenty of trash bags!
- Take recyclable items to the recycle bins in your town.
- Limit recyclables by using reusable shopping bags and your own refillable water bottle and coffee cup.
- Make crafts or bird feeders with recycled materials.
- Go on a nature hike, look for wildlife and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
- Build a birdhouse or bird feeder for your backyard.
- Plant a garden.
- Have a car-free day. Walk or ride bikes instead of driving.
- Buy local! You will support your community and drive less!
There’s no reason you have to wait for Earth Day for any of these fun family activities. Enjoy them all year round, and make every day Earth Day!
(Artwork by Miss Stella who is Miss Vicki’s granddaughter)
Author, Vicki Starks, Fayette County F2ECE Associate