The Complete Guide to Earth Day 2017

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How are you celebrating Earth Day? You could spend it in the great outdoors (all national parks are free this weekend), or by supporting an eco-friendly company. If you need a little inspiration, we’ve compiled activities all across the country, plus listings of what various companies are doing, to help you honor Mother Earth. (All events are on Saturday, April 22, unless otherwise noted.)

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Earth Day at the Gardens
At the Birmingham Botanical Gardens from 10 to 4, celebrate the legacy of Dr. George Washington Carver. Exhibitor booths, local vendors, free activities and live music included.


Earth Day Fun
At the Eagle River Nature Center in Eagle River, junior naturalists 6 and up can learn about recycling and make fun crafts that involve taking care of the earth.


Earth Day at the Phoenix Zoo
At the Phoenix Zoo, earn a stamp in your passport by visiting Earth Station Destinations on water conservation, energy conservation, reducing, reusing, recycling and nontoxic cleaning. Fill your passport and get a prize. There will be a recycling station curbside for clothing and accessories, bedding, and books.

Smart Cleaning Service
Get 15 percent off a window cleaning with this coupon from Smart Cleaning Service, based in Mesa, Ariz. Use promo code Earth15.


Earth Day Celebration at Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Celebrate Earth Day with programs dedicated to helping you discover how to keep Pinnacle Mountain State Park a healthy and happy place for all. The schedule features eco-friendly ideas and a tree-planting ceremony.


Earth Day in Whittier
The Earth Day in Whittier event at the Greenleaf Grassy Lot will allow visitors to learn more about environmental issues and find out what each of us can do to help save a livable planet for our children, grandchildren, and beyond. This year’s event will focus on what cities are doing to “go green” and what we as individuals can do to conserve, reduce, reuse, and recycle in our everyday life. Exhibitor booths will offer information on alternative energy sources, recycling, electric and hybrid autos, water conservation, air pollution, responsible development, land use, and other related areas of interest.

Stanford Court
For every guest room occupied on Earth Day, San Francisco’s Stanford Court will donate $1 to the National Forest Foundation to plant one tree. Every guest who checks in on Earth Day will receive a packet of wildflower seeds to plant at home.


Earth Day Denver
On April 21 at Skyline Park, check out sustainability-related resources. Exhibitors range from Tesla to Chicken Coops of Colorado.


Connect to the Earth!
On April 21 at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, explore specimens from the collections that are rarely on display, and learn about the beetles, birds, and botanical bounty that share our planet home.


Earth Day Experience
Healing meets the elements at this multi-sensory Earth Day Experience at the Delaware Center for Conscious Living, which will last about two hours with eight different healers. Tickets are $25.


EVOS Earth Day & Free Shake Day
Grab a free organic milkshake at one of four EVOS locations: Carrollwood, South Tampa, St. Petersburg and Pinecrest.

Central Florida Earth Day
Presented by Vegetarians of Central Florida, this Orlando event includes speakers, food preparation demonstrations, environmental education and more.


The Nature Conservancy’s Moonlight Through the Pines
At the Promenade at Piedmont Park on April 21, this 23rd annual Earth Day celebration will feature live music from the Bradley Cole Smith Band, gourmet cuisine by Dennis Dean, the opportunity to learn from Nature Conservancy scientists, and the chance to meet and engage with environmental leaders in the community.


All guests staying at this resort in Waikiki on April 22 will receive a surprise custom turn-down amenity.

This Polynesian-inspired spa at Halekulani hotel on Oahu is running a “Help Your Skin, Heal the Planet” promotion on April 22 and 23. Guests will enjoy a pop-up Kombucha Bar, samples of Scientific Organics skincare products and gardening seeds to grow Organic Leafy Greens and Bee Bombs. Complimentary hand and foot treatments will be given using the Ginger Lime Sugar Scrub and Coconut Argan Oil. With every Scientific Organics product sold during the weekend, a tree will be planted and guests will receive a complimentary Help Your Skin, Heal the Planet tote bag. Guests who reserve a 50-minute or 80-minute Organic Facial by Scientific Organics will also receive a reusable emerginC branded glass water bottle.


Idaho Falls Earth Day Celebration
Enjoy a day of live music, conservation education, games, crafts, and displays by local clubs and organizations. New this year is the Challenge Course Run for kids. Recycle Row will accept cell phones, ink cartridges, used coats and more.


Earth Day Celebration
In Lindenhurst, join community members for a Village-wide cleanup, followed by free refreshments, kids’ activities, raffles and prizes, and more than 30 booths with information. You can also participate in textile/clothing/shoe hanger recycling.

Earth Day Shredding Event
State Senator Melinda Bush hosts free shred services at the Lindenhurst Water Treatment Facility. Latex paint recycling will be available for a small fee.


Earth Day Indiana Festival
This year’s theme is Celebrating Our Pollinators. Come to the festival for local food vendors, kids’ activities, more than 125 exhibitors, live music, a 5K run/walk, and a beer garden with Ash & Elm Cider Co. and Chilly Water Brewing Company.


Earth Day Trash Bash
Earth Day Trash Bash is Iowa’s largest volunteer Earth Day effort. The educational theme this year is environmental and climate literacy. On April 21, volunteers will learn how to improve the environment by creating a more sustainable community, growing food locally, building rain gardens, harvesting rain water, recycling, improving habitat, protecting watersheds, reducing our carbon footprint and more.


Celebrate Earth Day at Powell Gardens
Celebrate Earth Day with half-price admission. Explore Kansas City’s botanical garden to gather sustainable gardening ideas, get tips on how to choose plants that help the planet’s ecosystem and learn ways to cook fresh from the garden.


All About Butterflies
At Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site, celebrate Earth Day with an event that focuses on one of our most popular pollinators: butterflies! The program features butterflies found in your backyard, how to identify them, an overview of their habitat and anatomy, and how you can help them thrive. Make and take home a butterfly mobile!

S&S Tire Beaumont
Bring in your old batteries and up to four used tires to S&S Tire Beaumont in Lexington through April 22 and get a $10 coupon to use on a future visit.


Party for the Planet & Louisiana Earth Day
At BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, experience environmental exhibits, hands-on activities, zoo chats, and great food and entertainment.


Earth Day Film Festival
Join Maine Audubon for a special Earth Day screening of the Maine Outdoor Film Festival on Thursday, April 20. Enjoy complimentary appetizers, beer from Allagash Brewing and wine from Chickadee Wines while watching conservation films.


Wildflower Nature Walk
Celebrate Earth Day at the Irvine Nature Center in Owings Mills with a naturalist-led hike around Irvine’s trails. Visit a forest, a stream and meadows in search of critters large and small, with a special stop in the Woodland Garden to see spring wildflowers. All ages.


Earth Day Festival
At UMass Amherst, celebrate Earth Day on April 21 with more than 30 campus and community groups showcasing what they’re doing to make the community more environmentally, economically and socially just. Includes the first-ever Green Commute Day to encourage faculty, staff and students to try an alternative to driving to campus alone.


Earth Day City/River Cleanup Hike
Starting at Fjallraven in Ann Arbor, this hike will proceed through downtown, passing through Kerrytown and over the Broadway Bridge, down to the Huron River and around the nature trail loop, heading back to Fjallraven. Gloves and bags to pick up trash along the way will be provided. The clean-up hike should take about two hours total. Afterward, there will be food from Arbor Brewing Company, coffee from Roos Roast, and special offers and giveaways on Fjallraven gear.

MI Earth Day Fest
From April 21 to 23, this high-profile community event in Rochester highlights the efforts of area businesses and community organizations to make Earth Day matter. Drive-and-drop recycling is available.


Green Expo
Test-drive an all-electric vehicle, check out a tiny solar house, grab a free reusable thermal tote, recycle old sports equipment and more at the National Sports Center in Blaine.


Earth Day Celebration
At the Pascagoula River Audubon Center in Moss Point, activities include face painting, gardening (including a take-home project!), making recycled tin can bird feeders, kayaking, scavenger hunting and more.


St. Louis Earth Day
A two-day event this year for the first time (April 22 and 23), St. Louis Earth Day features yoga classes all day for both adults and children, a rock climbing wall, a pet adoption area and many more activities for “children” of all ages.


Flathead Valley Earth Day Celebration
At Whitefish Middle School, this free festival features a wide variety of booths hosted by local conservation groups and businesses. Each booth provides a hands-on activity or craft focused on one of four Earth Day pillars: Grow It, Fix It, Save It and Live It. An e-waste truck will be available for recycling electronics.


Sarpy County Earth Day Celebration & Expo
This free indoor event on April 30 at BPS Lied Activity Center includes electronics collection, an educational speaker series and a “trashion show.”


Pedals for the Planet at XCYCLE
This Las Vegas cycling studio will celebrate Earth Day by donating $2 of profits made from any XCYCLE “Not Vodka” water bottle purchase from April 20 to 23. Proceeds will be donated to Green Our Planet nonprofit. The event is free for members and first-time riders. Individual rides are priced at $23.

New Hampshire

Earth Day Celebration at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
Kids can get their hands dirty while learning about the earth at the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire. Activities include planting marigolds with Wentworth Greenhouses and watching a solar bicycle demonstration with ReVision Energy. Free tree saplings donated by Bartlett Tree Experts.

New Jersey

Earth Day Event at Bayshore Waterfront Park
Celebrate the shore as you discover coastal animals like whales, sea turtles, fish, crabs and even tiny plankton during this interactive touch-and-tell program. Tours will also be given of the historic Seabrook-Wilson House, which dates back to the early 1700s.

Six Flags Great Adventure Earth Day Sale
Buy two or more Season Passes or Memberships to Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J., during the Earth Day sale and save 61 percent. You’ll also get free parking and unlimited passes to Hurricane Harbor.

New Mexico

Community Day at the Garden
Visit the Santa Fe Botanical Garden to tour the garden with knowledgeable and enthusiastic docents. Free admission to the garden for New Mexico residents and students (please provide identification).

Earth Day with Marty’s Meals
Learn how to prepare your own nutrient-rich pet food recipes and meet Manny Encinias, the rancher who raises the grass-fed, grass-finished beef for Marty’s Meals in Santa Fe. Hourly door prize drawings, tacos for humans and raw goat yogurt samples for dogs.

Four Days of Learning and Exploration
Visit the BioPark in Albuquerque from April 19 to 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for rich learning experiences that explore how our actions matter to plants, animals and the ecosystem, both in our own backyard and around the world. Earth Day activities (including lectures, workshops and demonstrations) are free with admission.

Las Cruces Earth Day Fair
The Earth Day Fair at the Plaza de Las Cruces is a free day filled with live music and dance, a recycle fashion show, kids’ and teen activities, local foods, educational booths, tree adoptions, and presentations from local scientists and environmentalists. The zero-waste event will have compost/recycling centers for food scraps, paper and plastic staffed by friendly volunteers. Food vendors will serve local treats on biodegradable plates ready for compost.

New York

Car Free NYC
Sign up to get a free day pass to use Citi Bike on Earth Day. You’ll get unlimited rides of 30 minutes or less.

Street Tree Identification for Beginners
Take a class through the Brooklyn Brainery to identify trees by the details: bark, buds, leaves and tree form. Class will start with an overview of identification terminology and practice outside in the field. The Earth Day stroll is through Carroll Gardens.

North Carolina

Durham Earth Day Festival
Durham’s Earth Day Festival will be held, rain or shine, at Durham Central Park on Sunday, April 23. Participants will enjoy green activities and demos; learn about many green practices and products at the Sustainability Expo and Earth Day Market; and enjoy great music, food and much more!

The #EarthGirlsFestival outdoor music event in Greensboro aims to inspire self-love and appreciation for free-spirited women, raise vibrations/awareness of the Earth, and promote overall wellness. Activities include live music, vendors, visual art displays, live painting, inspirational speakers, dance performances and more.

Earth Day Kid’s Festival
The Salvage Station in Asheville is hosting the Earth Day Kid’s Festival. You can expect games, face painting, interactive music, stilt walkers and more. Admission is free.

Salamander Soiree
On Wednesday, April 19, search for some slimy amphibians with Park Ranger Kevin Bischof in Lake James State Park. Meet at the Holly Discovery Trail parking area and come prepared to journey through woodlands, seeps, streams and pools.

North Dakota

Bismarck Earth Day Festival
The Bismarck Earth Day Festival will be held on Thursday, April 20. This free family event includes hands-on learning activities for all ages with earth-friendly giveaways and door prizes. Concessions will be available for purchase.

Earth Day Pick-up Party, Frog Release & Meal
Celebrate Earth Day with The Fargo Project at World Garden Commons at Rabanus Park by picking up trash and learning about the ecological effects of introducing a population into the basin. Creative peacemaking and natural resource management will also be covered. This event is free; however, reservations are required.

Earth Day STEMboree
Join Gateway to Science in Bismarck for this free family event. Learn more about scientific phenomena on Earth as well as ways to take good care of our home planet. Topics include the inside of our planet, engineering for earthquakes, the greenhouse effect and our atmosphere, and composting.


Earth Day Columbus
This outdoor celebration happens rain or shine at Columbus Commons downtown with local music, family-friendly activities, eco-friendly artisans and Columbus’ best food trucks. The afterparty is at Brothers Drake Meadery. Twenty percent of mead sales from 8 p.m. until close will be donated to Green Columbus.


Earth Day Celebration at Myriad Botanical Gardens
Join the Myriad Botanical Gardens in Oklahoma City for an Earth Day celebration for either their nature walk adventure, children’s seed necklace making or irrigation and water conservation school for adults.

Norman Earth Day Festival
Held in Reaves Park on Sunday, April 23, this festival will feature hands-on art projects, pet adoptions, musical entertainment and activities that teach the importance of protecting natural resources.

Tulsa Earth Day Festival
The festival will feature a day of Science and Beauty with kids’ activities, live music, a Crafters’ Village, great food trucks, dynamic and well-known speakers who are champions for the planet and much more.


Earth Day at the Oregon Garden
At Oregon Garden in Silverton, Marquam Hill Ranch Alpacas will join for a meet-and-greet. Plus face painting, make your own reusable bag, drive an electric car, and learn the tricks of the trade from master composters. Admission is free.

Illahe Annual Earth Day & Spring Release Event
Illahe Vineyards, a multi-generational winery in Oregon’s Willamette Valley that focuses on low-impact and natural winemaking, will be celebrating Earth Day by hosting a tasting at their winery. They will be pouring their newly released 2016 Viognier, 2016 Tempranillo Rosé, 2015 Estate Grüner Veltliner, 2015 Estate Pinot Gris and 2015 Bon Sauvage Pinot Noir. The wines will be paired with light snacks.


Mechanicsburg Earth Day Festival
Be green with music, workshops, vendors, and kids’ activities throughout the town. A rain barrel silent auction will be held.

Rhode Island

Providence Earth Day Spring Cleaning
Join Mayor Jorge O. Elorza for a morning of community cleanups, tree plantings and environmental education events taking place in every neighborhood across Providence.

South Carolina

Earth Day Celebration on the Greenway
Enjoy free entry and activities for all ages at the Anne Springs Close Greenway Earth Day Celebration on the Greenway in Fort Mill. Activities include hiking, kayaking, horseback rides, guided nature and history hikes, and community yoga classes.

Spartanburg Earth Day Festival
This collaborative community effort held at 210 Henry Place, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spartanburg, features exhibitors, vendors, children’s activities, live entertainment and short informational films.

South Dakota

Hoppy Earth Day Craft Beer Festival
The inaugural Hoppy Earth Day will feature 40 South Dakota brews, from the likes of Miner, Fernsen, Crow Peak and Bill of Rights. Entry is $35 and includes a custom event glass for sampling.


Nashville Earth Day
Nashville’s Earth Day festival features exhibits and hands-on activities aimed at educating Nashvillians about protecting our environment and living green. There’s free bike valet parking and opportunities to recycle.


E-waste Recycling Event
All 10 Snappy Salads locations in the DFW area are hosting a free e-waste recycling event. Anything with an on/off switch, including computers, cell phones, televisions, lamps, calculators, small appliances and batteries, may be dropped off.

Earth Day Texas
From April 21 to 23 at Fair Park, join the world’s largest Earth Day event. Launching this year, EarthxFilm will showcase films and emerging media that explore conservation, climate change and the environment.

Lyft DFW
Lyft DFW will donate $1 to the Texas Trees Foundation for every ride taken on Earth Day in the DFW area with code TEXASTREES. The proceeds will be used to help plant trees at schools and in neighborhoods through the DFW area.


Earth Day Dinner
Recycle Utah’s annual Earth Day fundraiser at Wasatch Brew Pub includes a burger bar, drinks, live music and a silent auction. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for children.


Earth Day Bash
Join the 1% for the Planet team at Maglianero on April 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. to celebrate Earth Day. Enjoy live music and food and drinks from local vendors. There will also be a silent auction and an Earth Day Mural.


Earth Day Richmond Celebration
This 24th annual event will involve a day of service at green spaces throughout the city. Locations include East End Cemetery, Evergreen Cemetery, Humphrey Calder Community Garden, Westwood Playground and Jefferson Park.


Earth Day Community Restoration Event
Keep Seward Park‘s forest healthy by removing invasive plant species and covering the work area with burlap and mulch in preparation for fall planting. Tools, work gloves, light snacks and coffee provided.

Earth Day Run
At Magnuson Park in Seattle, the Earth Day Run has 5K, 10K and half marathon options. Each finisher receives a native sapling, plus a tree is planted in their name. They also recycle old running shoes you no longer want.

Edible City Science Fair
Celebrate Earth Day at Seattle’s MOHAI by investigating the science behind food, farming and sustainability. Enjoy hands-on displays and demonstrations, as well as activities with community groups and organizations from across Washington State.

The Resort at Port Ludlow Earth Day Offer
Book at the Resort at Port Ludlow between now and Earth Day weekend, and use the rooms before July 1, for $149 a night. Offer is good for any room that’s not a suite any day of the week; use Package ID: EARTH.

UW Earth Day Celebration
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 21, student groups, academic units and community partners will be on Red Square along with music, speakers, sustainable food samples and more. Exhibitors will be sharing how they work toward environmental and sustainability goals. Discover initiatives happening at UW and learn what you can do to help while enjoying cultural performances from a variety of student groups.

West Virginia

Panhandle Earth Day Celebration
At Morgan’s Grove Park just outside of Shepherdstown, join the community for a leave-no-trace event with music, art, crafts, food and more. Demos include a beneficial mushroom presentation, an herb walk and an upcycle art project.


Sauk County Earth Day Celebration
On April 23 in Rock Creek, celebrate with author Elise Mosser, who wrote about Millie Zantow, a Sauk County local who helped create the recycling standards we have today. The Sauk County Art Association is also sponsoring Encore!!Art — where others see trash, artists see an opportunity to reassemble and repurpose. There will be hikes, a presentation on living off the grid and activities for kids.


Earth Day Celebration
The Downtown Sheridan Association is hosting an event with food, activities and vendors with earth-friendly products in Grinnell Plaza.

By Company

Cool Calm Collective
Use promo code EARTH420 to save 42 percent on orders over $75 at Cool Calm Collective, a streetwear apparel company.

Get a free Earth Straw with purchase of $25 or more. GlassDharma is also hosting a contest to educate people about the problems with plastic straws. Winners receive baskets stocked with eco-friendly goods; entries due on Earth Day.

Hooked Hazel
Get 20 percent off Hooked Hazel‘s handmade crochet accessories and gifts with the code EARTHDAY17 through April 23.

From 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., bring your gently used furniture to your local IKEA store and receive a $20 coupon toward a purchase of $150 or more. They will accept most living room, dining room, office and bedroom furniture, with the exception of mattresses, bedding, baby and children’s furniture. Donations go to Goodwill Industries. Check with your local store for complete details.

Use code EARTH for a free water bottle with any $100 purchase, plus four deluxe samples. Through April 26.

Michal Golan Jewelry
The Earth Collection by Michal Golan is 20 percent off through April 21. Use code EARTHDAY at checkout.

Through April 30, bring your used car seat to Target stores nationwide and trade it in for a coupon for 20 percent off any car seat in stores or at Target is teaming up with TerraCycle to make sure the car seats get recycled or upcycled into new products.

Use the hashtag #OneToastOneTree on April 22 and Toast, a company that makes tech covers out of FSC-certified wood in Portland, Ore., will plant one tree in partnership with Trees for the Future.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection/U by Uniworld
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection and U by Uniworld will donate $5 to Just a Drop, an international water development charity, for every booking made on Earth Day.

Y on Earth
Get $4.22 off the book Y on Earth, which explores sustainability, well-being and interconnectedness, through April. Use the code EarthDay.

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