By Alyssa Green
On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans celebrated the very first Earth Day, as we know it. In 2009 the United Nations adopted this day of world environmental awareness and designated the same day each spring as International Mother Earth Day. Today, over 500 million people worldwide celebrate Earth Day.
This is a wonderful opportunity to plant that seed of love for the environment in our children…with the hope that they will take seriously the responsibility of caring for our planet as they grow.
There are many fabulous Earth Day activities happening in our own community this month, so take advantage of these fun and creative ways to teach your kids to love our planet. Get out there and have some fun!
4/6-14 – Creek Week – join the Sacramento Area Creeks Council for a week of activities at our local creeks. Learn about the fish in Arcade Creek, birds and wildflowers of the wetlands, explore the vernal pools at Mather Field with Sacramento Splash, enjoy a Beaver pond walk at Steelhead Creek, and much more.
4/7 – Earth Fest – Party for the Planet at the Sacramento Zoo. Learn how to protect and preserve the earth with environmental, wildlife and conservation organizations. During the day explore animal bio-artifacts; participate in storytelling and activities in the Discovery Room; come face-to-face with the outreach animals; or listen as keepers present enrichment talks in the afternoon. Don’t forget to stop by the Recycle Rummage Sale inside the Kampala center for a great bargain.
Children ages 2-11 who come dressed as a pirate or princess, promoting parrot and amphibian conservation, will receive ½ off their admission.
4/19 – Earth Day Celebration at Cesar Chavez Park – The Neighborhood Services Division of the City of Sacramento’s Department of Parks & Recreation is hosting its annual Earth Day Celebration 2012! Come out and join for a free day of fun and interactive green education, carnival games, and great entertainment.
More than 50 local vendors will be providing information and demonstrations on how you can join the “Green Team”. The day will include sustainable gardening, solar services & information, environmental sustainability & preservation, recycling, composting & vermiposting, and informational takeaways on sustainable practices.
Face painting and balloon artists will be on hand, along with live entertainment from Radio Disney and Magician Bill Devon with Top Class Magic.
4/21 – Children’s Earth Day at Star Eco Station – There is not a better place to celebrate the Earth than at the Star Eco Station. Celebrate with exotic rescued animals, games, crafts and more!
4/21-22 – Recycle + Reuse = New Fun! at the Discovery Museum – It’s a re-use-a-palooza! Celebrate Earth Day at the Discovery Museum Science & Space Center where visitors will enjoy crafting fun using some unexpected recycled materials including making a “stained glass” sun catcher out of a CD jewel case! There will be projects for families to work on together at the Museum, and some ideas to take home — the Museum supplies the materials and basic ideas and visitors add creativity! Special exhibits are on display, too, including a mini-house with working solar panels.
4/22 – Sacramento Earth Day Celebration at Southside Park – Our 6th Annual Celebration will be filled with diverse business, non-profit, cultural and government vendors with practical information, goods and services for saving money, living healthier, and protecting the environment. We’ll also have great entertainment, activities and cuisine! We’re expecting a crowd of more than 6,000. Sustainability is meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Don’t miss the chance to make YOUR sustainable connections at the ECOS Sacramento Earth Day Celebration.