“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land,
purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. ”
– Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Earth Day was conceived in 1969 by Sen. Gaylord Nelson, D-Wisconsin, and his assistant Dennis Hayes, after a trip they took to Santa Barbara following the devastating oil spill off the Southern California coast. According to legend, the men were so outraged by what they saw that upon returning to Washington, D.C., Nelson introduced a bill designating April 22 as a national day to celebrate the Earth. The date was chosen to help commemorate the birth of famed naturalist and conservationist John Muir, who was born on April 21, 1838.
It’s estimated that 20 million Americans participated in the first Earth Day in 1970. By the year 2000, formal events celebrating Earth Day were being observed in 184 countries, and more than 500 million people participated in those events.
This year marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. Events are planned throughout the month of April – and even into May – in dozens of communities throughout California. (Note: Please contact event organizers to confirm information provided in this listing.)
- Celebrate Earth Day (April 22) with free admission at any of the nearly 400 national parks. Park admission fees are being waived the weekend of April 19-20 for the annual observance of National Park Week.
- Alameda: Learn simple lifestyle changes that can help our environment by attending the city’s annual Earth Day Festival in Washington Park. This year’s event runs 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. Learn how to build a clean, healthy sustainable community for future generations. The event will feature Scout-led activities and projects, kids’ activities, farm-fresh produce vendors, educational exhibits, entertainment, and more. Special events include a beach cleanup at Crab Cove Visitor Center, 1252 McKay Ave., from 8:30-10 a.m. For information, call 510-747-7529.
- Belmont: Celebrate Earth Day with A Day in the Park, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26, at Twin Pines Park. There will be events for young and old alike, including environmental exhibits and displays, water pollution prevention exhibits, kids’ games and prizes, and a volunteer creek cleanup event. To promote recycling, the event includes a household battery disposal, e-waste recycling, document shredding, a bookmobile book drop-off/recycling, and more. Free compost offered to participants, too.
- Berkeley: Music, entertainment and educational displays will be part of the annual Bay Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Shorebird Park at the Berkeley Marina. There will be live music and entertainment, a children’s Adventure Playground, vendor booths, educational exhibits, food and beverage booths, and more. The Cal Sailing Club will offer free sailboat rides from the South Basin dock, or take a paddling lesson aboard the Berkeley Dragon Boat.
- Berkeley: A holistic celebration of Earth Day is the inspiration for the 4th annual Berkeley Vegan Earth Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at the Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline Street (at the Ashby Avenue BART station). Roberts, who died in 1995, was considered a leader of the disability rights movement. He was the first student with significant disabilities to attend UC Berkeley and was a founder of UC’s Physically Disabled Students Program, which has led to dozens of independent living programs nationwide. The April 19 event will feature speakers, films, exhibitors, workshops, eco-art, food demonstrations, an eco-chef competition, and more. Learn about the benefits and savings from adhering to a vegan diet. The program is sponsored by the San Francisco Vegetarian Society. Paid admission required (discounted tickets sold in advance from the website).
- Big Sur: Members of B-SAGE (Big Sur Advocates for a Green Environment) are sponsoring a special Earth Day program for young and old alike, from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at the Henry Miller Memorial Library. The program will include music, informational and vendor booths, food, guest speakers, and environmental activities.
- Castro Valley: Residents are invited to participate in a community cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26. The Castro Valley Sanitary District has identified five cleanup project sites: Earl Warren Park, Lake Chabot Regional Park, Cull Canyon Regional Recreation Area, Castro Valley Creek, and downtown Castro Valley. Cleanup projects get under way at 9 a.m.; participants will be treated to a continental breakfast. In the spirit of waste reduction and community action, CVSan will donate $5 to one of three local charities on behalf of each event volunteer. Select from the list of charities when you register. Separately, a large-item recycling and compost giveaway will operate from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. at Canyon Middle School. Used mattresses and tires will be accepted for recycling, and residents can drop off up to 10 bankers boxes filled with documents for shredding. Three 1-cubic-yard bags of compost (to Castro Valley residents or business owners only) will be given away while supplies last.
- Cupertino: Learn about the latest in sustainability and protecting the environment at the 6th annual Earth Day and Arbor Day Festival from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 5, in Civic Center Plaza, between the library and City Hall. Join more than 100 nonprofit and business partners in exploring new and fun ways to help create a healthy, safe, and environmentally vibrant community. The event will feature hands-on activities, educational exhibits and presentations, live entertainment, food truck sampling, and more.
- Danville: Educational exhibits, hands-on interactive displays, and more are planned when the Town of Danville presents its Earth Day Celebration from 11 .m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 19. Events are planned on the Town Green, in the Danville Community Center, and inside the San Ramon Valley Library on Front Street. The zero-waste event also will feature live entertainment, local restaurants, free bike parking, interactive creek walks, and more.
- El Cerrito: Celebrate the spirit of Earth Day with a community cleanup on Saturday, April 26. Those interested in participating are asked to register in advance, either online or by visiting the Environmental Services Division at City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Ave. Work parties will fan out across the city from 9 a.m. until noon; volunteers and their families are then invited to return to the El Cerrito Community Center for a free Volunteer Appreciation Lunch. For details, call 510-215-4350.
- Fremont: Washington Hospital and the City of Fremont invite all to the “Let’s Go Green Together” program, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in the hospital’s Conrad E. Anderson Auditorium, 2500 Mowry Ave. Learn about recycling, waste reduction, composting, eco-friendly gardening, and sustainability. The event will include a farmers market, children’s games and crafts, and more. Fremont residents can stop by to safely dispose of medical sharps, unwanted/expired medications, old eyeglasses, and mercury thermometers.
- Lafayette: Family-friendly activities and educational exhibits will be part of the 9th annual Earth Day Picnic and Celebration, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. The event will feature educational and vendor booths, an environmental film, a Self-Propelled Parade, and an array of kids’ activities.
- Larkspur: Partake in a “Climate Change Solutions Day of Action” during Earth Day Marin 2014. This year’s event runs 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at Redwood High School, 395 Doherty Drive, Larkspur. This free family-friendly event will feature speakers, educational and environmental exhibits, hands-on activities, comedy, live entertainment, food booths (organic, sustainable, and local food vendors featured), and more. Last year’s event attracted more than 3,000 participants.
- Marina: Music, kids’ events, educational exhibits, interactive learning booths, and more will be on tap on Saturday, April 19, during Earth Day Marina at Locke-Paddow Park. The program runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Martinez: The boyhood home of naturalist John Muir, a federal historic site, will host the city’s annual Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It was Muir’s birthdate (April 21) that influenced the day selected for this annual global salute to the environment, and the Martinez event includes a John Muir birthday celebration, complete with free slices of birthday cake for attendees. The Muir House grounds will feature more than 50 educational exhibit booths, live entertainment, a fashion show featuring recycled material clothing, junior ranger activities, children’s activities, food booths, self-guided tours of the 1882 historic Muir home, silent auctions, and more. Have a photo taken with John Muir and the site’s 130-year-old giant sequoia tree. Bruce Hamilton, deputy executive director of Sierra Club, will be keynote speaker.
- Napa: Celebrate the spirit of Earth Day at the annual festival sponsored by the Environmental Education Coalition of Napa County. This year’s celebration runs 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 19, in downtown Napa. The event will feature family-friendly games and activities, live entertainment, food and beverages sold by local providers, a beer/wine garden, and green product vendor/educational booths. Free bike valet parking available on Main Street near First Street. Bring a refillable water bottle and fill it for free at the event’s water station (bottled water will not be offered for sale during the event). Sorry, but no dogs allowed at this event.
- Oakland: Get into the spirit of Earth Day during a midday, midweek EarthEXPO on Wednesday, April 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Frank Ogawa Plaza (14th & Broadway). The free event will feature how-to demonstrations, giveaways, environmental and vendor booths, art exhibits, and local food purveyors.
- Oakland: Volunteers are needed to celebrate Earth Day at a work party on Saturday, April 12, helping to restore Redwood Regional Park, the state’s first clear cut redwood forest. Working with park staff, volunteers will plant 75 redwood trees to assist with restoring the grandest redwood forest at one time. They will also help with the removal of invasive species of plants that are crowding out young redwoods and restore the park to a more natural condition. The work party runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Advance registration required.
- Oakland: Enjoy everything from live animal presentations to hands-on Earth Stations when the Oakland Zoo celebrates Earth Day during a Party for the Planet on Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. All events are included in the regular zoo admission. There will be educational Earth Stations featured throughout the zoo grounds, along with exhibits by environmental groups. Other activities include face-painting, a giant Earth Ball, animal presentations in the Clorox Wildlife Theater, and entertainment by Trapeze Arts of West Oakland.
- Oakland: Our teen volunteers aren’t trash talking, but they will be talking trash while working on an interactive trash-sorting exhibit planned for Saturday, April 19, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Chabot Space and Science Center, 10000 Skyline Blvd. Learn the importance of sorting, composting, and product reuse. The programs are included in the center’s regular admission fee.
- Oakland: In the spirit of Earth Day, help spruce up Oakland parks and neighborhoods at scores of community cleanup and beautification projects from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 26. Details are available on the city’s website.
- Pacifica: Do your part to clean up the shoreline and community during the city’s 10th annual Earth Day of Action and EcoFair on Saturday, April 26. There will be cleanup work sites throughout the city from 9-11 a.m., followed by an EcoFair from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Linda Mar Beach. Thousands of volunteers turned out last year to plant trees, work on habitat restoration, and clean up the city’s streets, shopping centers, beaches, and bluffs. Sponsors have picked the Western Snowy Plover shorebird as the Pacifica Beach Coalition’s official Earth Day honoree.
- Palo Alto: Film projects focusing on environmental stewardship and actions that can minimize environmental impacts are being sought by organizers of the city’s annual Greenlight Earth Day Film Festival. There are three entry categories: students in grades 6-8, students in grades 9-12, and an “open” category for students and adults of all ages. An eco-fashion show, featuring student-designed and -modeled eco-fashions, will be presented during intermission. The fashion designs will illustrate inspirational ways to repurpose and reuse a variety of items into wearable clothing. The Greenlight Film Festival will be presented from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Cubberly Theater, 4000 Middlefield Road.
- Redwood City: The Marine Science Institute hosts its annual Earth Day on the Bay from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 19. The family-friendly event promotes awareness of marine life along with an appreciation of the environment. The event will feature ocean-related arts and crafts, an environmental information fair, special aquarium events (including a shark feeding), live entertainment, and more. Two-hour educational tours of San Francisco Bay aboard the Institute’s 90-foot research vessel “Robert G. Brownlee” will be offered for an additional fee.
- San Francisco: Civic Center Plaza will host the annual San Francisco Earth Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 19, inspired by this year’s theme of “A Call to Action.” Spread out across the plaza’s several blocks will be scores of educational booths, guest speaker stages, workshops, multiple entertainment venues, sustainable foods cooking demonstrations, an eco-village, youth activity zones, a fashion show featuring Earth-friendly materials, art exhibits, food and beverage vendors, a wide range of programs focusing on sustainability and environmental concerns, a new “green tech” pavilion, and more. Organizers say the event focuses on local and planetary challenges and will help attendees learn how to integrate sustainable practices in their everyday activities.
- San Francisco: Celebrate Earth Day every day at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. Explore the planet’s most exotic habitats in one visit, see live animals, meet real scientists, and learn how you can make the world a greener place. Did you know that Americans throw away 30 million plastic water bottles per day? In honor of Earth Day, bring a reusable water bottle from April 22-May 4 and receive $3 off general admission. There’s never been a better time to visit the world’s only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-living museum. On Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, enjoy a special ocean-inspired dance performance by USF’s Dance Generator.
- San Jose: Learn what you can do to promote a healthy planet at the annual Earth Day San Jose program, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, on the San Jose State University campus. Most events take place on the Tower Lawn, while the Library will most likely host will host afternoon speakers, workshops, and film screenings. Hundreds of educational and commercial vendor booths will be set up on the Tower Lawn (near San Fernando and Fourth streets) from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., along with a petting zoo, organic healthy foods, a bike tune-up booth, sustainable carnival, and live entertainment. Afternoon events in the Library will include guest speakers, workshops, and the screening of a documentary, while evening events from 6 to 10 p.m. will include the annual Trashion Fashion Show in San Carlos Plaza, and the Greenest Greek Award Ceremony, a reggae band, and food booths in the Campus Village Courtyard.
- San Mateo: Get friendly with the elements of nature during CuriOdyssey’s Earth Day celebration, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 19. Examine water from San Francisco Bay, test soil in the park, and learn how drought-resistant plants can thrive in our dry climate. Get your native animal fix and meet invertebrates, observe a Raptor Walk, and get up close to Animal Ambassadors. There will be plenty of hands-on activities for the whole family. A gourmet hot dog stand will sell refreshments. Get a head start on your conservation activities and participate in a San Francisco Bay beach cleanup from 10 a.m. to noon. CuriOdyssey is located at 1651 Coyote Point Drive.
- Santa Clara: A combined Earth Day/Arbor Day celebration is planned for Friday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the grounds of the Triton Museum, 1505 Warburton Ave. There will be dozens of information and activity booths focusing their message of encouraging actions for healthy people and a healthy planet.
- Santa Cruz: San Lorenzo Park will be home to the community’s annual Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Scheduled activities will include arts and crafts booths, an electric vehicle display, kids’ gymnastics, a fashion show spotlighting recycled materials, live entertainment, children’s activities, environmental workshops, a solar-powered exhibit area, and more. Free bike valet parking will be provided by People Power.
- Sausalito: Celebrate the natural beauty of Earth’s environment at a special Earth Day program on Saturday, April 19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Activities include an 11 a.m. presentation by The Corner Laughers in the Discovery Theater (paid admission); interactive song-and-dance by the Snail People at 1 p.m. on Festival Plaza; story telling at 3 .m. in Lookout Cove; and an arts-and-crafts activity from 2-4 p.m. in Patterson Grove.
- Stinson Beach: All are welcome to the 10th annual “Create-With-Nature” art event from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the south end of Stinson Beach. Organizers say the free event provides an experience that will inspire and energize people to care for, and to protect, the planet year-round, not just on Earth Day. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy, and come early to take part in a beach cleanup project. Consider public transit or carpooling to the event. The day’s events will begin with a volunteer beach cleanup. Sorry, no dogs allowed at this event.
- Vallejo: Combine healthy eating with an enhanced awareness of the environment during an Earth Day 2014 Celebration at the downtown Farmers’ Market from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 19. Visit information booths, a petting zoo, recycled crafts exhibits, California native plants, jugglers, live entertainment, and more. Sponsors will be offering a mercury thermometer exchange program, too.
- Watsonville: A combined celebration of Earth Day and Day of the Child is planned for noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at Ramsay Park, 1301 Main St. There will be plenty of kids’ activities, educational and informational booth exhibits, Earth Day games and prizes, and low-cost food selections.
- Lompoc: The Vandenberg Village Farmers Market is playing host to the city’s annual Earth Day celebration on Sunday, April 27, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. There will be Earth-friendly demonstrations and presentations, Earth-friendly crafts, a seed exchange, kids’ activities, a free raffle, family-friendly fun events, and more.
- Ojai: In celebration of sustainable living, global awareness, and the joy of nature, five Ojai-based organizations – Food for Thought, the Oak Grove School, the Ojai Conservancy, Once Upon a Watershed, and Ojai Valley Green Coalition – team up to host this once-a-year community event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 19. The day will include local school involvement, environmental exhibits, arts and outdoor activities for all ages, live entertainment, world foods, a raffle, and more. Everything takes place under the trees on Oak Grove School’s 150-acre campus, 220 W. Lomita Avenue, Ojai.
- Oxnard: Downtown Plaza Park will host the annual Earth Day Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 5. This family-friendly event will include live entertainment, children’s activities, community displays, educational exhibits, food and beverages, and more.
- San Luis Obispo: Free public transportation will be available for guests planning to attend the 24th annual Earth Day SLO celebration from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, April 27 in El Chorro Regional Park. This festival attracts thousands of residents for a day filled with music, dance, educational displays, and a chance to improve on their environmental awareness. SLO Transit and the Regional Transit Authority will be offering free bus service to Cuesta College, located across the street from the festival grounds. More than 100 vendor booths, nonprofit groups, and environmental agencies will have displays throughout the park. Live entertainment planned on two stages. A Kids’ Zone will feature games, crafts, face-painting, and more.
- Santa Barbara: Learn how to make the planet a better place for animals and humans during a special Earth Day program at the Santa Barbara Zoo from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 26. The zoo grounds will feature an array of interactive eco-friendly activities. Paid zoo admission is required. Zoo staff also will be taking part in the city’s weekend Earth Day Festival in Alameda Park.
- Santa Barbara: The coastal community where a 1970s environmental disaster inspired the creation of Earth Day will host a two-day tribute to the environment and celebration of progress being made to protect the planet. The event is planned for the weekend of April 20-21 in Alameda Park. Event hours will be 1 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, April 26, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, April 27. A wide array of events will include live entertainment, a green car display, a children’s activity area, an environmental heroes presentation, scores of educational exhibit booths, a clean technology pavilion, “live green” demonstrations, food and drink vendors, educational seminars, and more.
- Thousand Oaks: Residents are invited to a combined celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 5, in Conejo Creek Park, 1379 E. Janss Road. This annual city-sponsored festival will feature a fun, family-oriented setting to celebrate the environment and learn about the latest advances in sustainability. Planned activities include a “Bash the Trash” workshop building musical instruments from recycled and reused materials, in addition to educational and environmental exhibits, special children’s activities, animal shows, composting workshops, live entertainment, and more. A special exhibit this year will be the Wyland Foundation's Clean Water Mobile Learning Experience.
- Ventura: Join members of the Friends of Channel Coast State Parks and others in helping to spruce up the environmentally threatened McGrath State Beach on Saturday, April 12, in the spirit of Earth Day. Volunteers are needed to help spruce up the park in advance of the summer season by removing mud and dead vegetation. Bring your own tools and work gloves. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and check-in starts at 8:30. Lunch, water, coffee, and snacks will be provided, and participants will receive a free day-use pass for that weekend at any of the Channel Islands State Parks and another small gift from Friends of Channel Coast State Parks.
- Ventura: A wide array of activities are planned for the city’s annual Earth Day EcoFest on Saturday, April 26, at Promenade Park, from 10 .m.-5 p.m. Organizers say the annual event is designed with children in mind. The event will include live entertainment, children’s activities, a green automobile display, an education pavilion, more than 100 environmental and educational exhibits, including dozens of eco-exhibitors, and more. Free bike valet parking available, too.
- Big Bear: The Big Bear Discovery Center is planning an entire day devoted to Mother Earth on Saturday, April 19, as a celebration of Earth Day. Participants will learn how to reduce, reuse, and upcycle. The center is planning a month-long celebration with educational displays and activities. The Discovery Center is co-managed by the nonprofit Southern California Mountains Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service.
- Chino: In honor of Earth Day, a two-day celebration is planned for April 16-17 at the 22-acre Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park, 6075 Kimball Ave., Chino. The April 16 event, from 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., is designed for school field trips. The April 17 event, 4 to 7 p.m., is intended for the general public.
- Rancho Cucamonga: Inland Empire residents are invited to an Earth Day Celebration at the Cucamonga Valley Water District’s Administrative Office, 10435 Ashford St., on Saturday, April 5. Event hours will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The environmental celebration will include an environmental fair, entertainment, eco-landscaping workshops, educational exhibits, and complimentary document shredding.
- Riverside: Cap off your Earth Day activities on Tuesday, April 22, by joining your neighbors at the inaugural Earth Night in the Garden event at Western’s Landscapes Southern California Style, 450 E. Alessandro Blvd. This family-friendly event runs from 3-7 p.m. and celebrates water efficiency and the environment. There will be ladybug releases, face-painting for the kids, and family events.
- Riverside: Students at UC Riverside will
focus on the
environment and planet Earth during Earth Week 2014 from
April 19-26. Highlights include an Extreme Green Fest on
Saturday, April 19, weekday programs and exhibits at South
of Bell Tower on campus, and a “Dig n’ Dance” program at the
UCR Community Gardens on Saturday, April 26.
- Beverly Hills: Combine healthy eating with an enhanced awareness of the environment during a Farmers Market Earth Day program from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 13. Participants will find recycling displays, energy conservation tips, eco-vendors, and more. The farmers market is located along Civic Center Drive between Third Street and Santa Monica Blvd.
- Burbank: Save the date! The city of Burbank will celebrate Earth Day 2014 at the Downtown Burbank Arts Festival on Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Details will be posted soon on the Burbankrecycle.org website.
- Calabasas: All are invited to an Earth Day Celebration/Green Expo on Saturday, April 12, from 2-5 p.m. The event will take place at the Las Virgenes Creek site on Agoura Road, behind the Starbucks retail outlet at 26531 Agoura Road. More than 50 exhibitors are expected to participate with educational and environmental displays. Numerous children’s activities are planned, too. Last year’s event attracted an estimated 2,000 visitors, according to event organizers.
- Claremont: “Helping 2 Protect the Environment” is the theme for this year’s Earth Day Celebration in Claremont. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, along 2nd Street in the Claremont Village. There will be environmental demonstrations, gardening workshops, dozens of exhibitor/vendor booths, a kids’ zone, live music, green products and workshops, guest speakers, school exhibits, and a used shoe donation drop-off.
- Culver City: STAR EcoStation, 10101 Jefferson Blvd., hosts its 14th annual Children’s Earth Day celebration on Sunday, April 6, with activities taking place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Activities will include children’s exhibits, environmental presentations, eco-friendly food, arts and crafts, games, celebrity guests, displays of more than 200 recued exotic animals, and eco-friendly vendors.
- Dana Point: The Ocean Institute celebrates Earth Day with special programs and activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26. Learn how to make eco-friendly crafts, explore marine life, and take part on other hands-on activities. An admission fee will be charged. Volunteer for a beach/harbor cleanup earlier in the day, from 9-11 a.m., and get free admission. The Ocean Institute is located at 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr.
- Fullerton: The Center for Sustainability at Cal State Fullerton is sponsoring a wide range of campus events April 15-17 in observance of Earth Week on campus. Displays on the campus Quad and TitanWalk will include a responsible shoppers’ expo, green vehicle display, energy efficiency exhibits, a sustainability symposium, and recycling exhibit.
- Glendale: A blend of educational exhibits and family fun events are planned when Glendale celebrates Earth Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Pacific Community Center, 501 S. Pacific Ave. Learn to reduce your carbon footprint and reduce water use with an interactive water conservation show. Enjoy live music and learn how to compost. Drawings will feature prizes ranging from a bicycle to other environmental gifts. Attendees will receive a $5 food truck credit (while supplies last).
- Glendora: “Treasure the Earth” is the theme for this year’s Earth Day celebration at Glendora City Hall, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 26. The day kicks off with a community bike ride and children’s bike safety rodeo, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The day’s events will include gardening, composting, and water-efficient irrigation workshops, an exotic animal show, informational booths, children’s activities, eco tours, vendor booths, live entertainment, food trucks, face painting, drought-tolerant plant exhibits, children’s treasure hunt, free document shredding, bike valet parking, and more.
- Huntington Beach: A free family fun day to celebrate Earth Day is planned for Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. There will be hands-on activities for young and old alike, guided tours, children’s games, animal exhibits, habitat restoration exhibits, a jump house, food booths, native plants, and more. The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve is located at Warner Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway.
- Inglewood: Helpful advice on creating an environmentally friendly and sustainable place to live will be theme of the city’s Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on the south lawn of Inglewood City Hall, 1 West Manchester Blvd. The event will include a kids’ zone, live entertainment, environmental workshops, nutritional information, and an electric vehicle display.
- La Canada Flintridge: Celebrate the environment amid a lush, serene setting when Descanso Gardens presents its annual Earth Day program on Saturday, April 19. This year’s Earth Day theme focuses on wildflowers and butterflies. The outdoor public gardens has Earth Day events that can be enjoyed by all ages, ranging from hands-on children’s crafts to a take-home science project designed for children to a nature-inspired fairy tale presented by the California Shakespeare Ensemble. Tour the blooming wildflowers in the park’s Native Garden, or join a special wildflower and pollinator family walk beginning at 1 p.m. An admission fee will be charged.
- Lancaster: The Antelope Valley celebrates Earth Day with its annual California Poppy Festival, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., April 26-27, at Lancaster City Park. Entertainment, hundreds of exhibitors, and more. The California Poppy Festival began as an Earth Day celebration, and carries on the Earth Day tradition of concern and caring for the environment. Admission prices $8 adults, $5 seniors, military, and children, free for children 5 and under.
- Long Beach: For the 15th year, Aquarium of the Pacific is planning a special Earth Day program for aquarium visitors on the weekend of April 26-27. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a number of family-friendly activities designed to celebrate the environment and to teach everyday tips for sustainable living. A number of Earth-friendly organizations will staff exhibit booths, and guests can take part in a number of hands-on learning demonstrations. An aquarium admission fee will be charged, but the event is free for Aquarium of the Pacific members.
- Long Beach: A combined celebration of Children’s Day and Earth Day is planned at Recreation Park on Monday, April 28, beginning at 10 a.m. The event, now in its 20th year, will be filled with fun, uplifting, and educational activities. Enjoy arts and crafts and lots of games, too. Guests can enjoy food booths and two entertainment stages. A children’s parade inside the park begins at 1 p.m.
- Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Zoo celebrates Earth Day as part of the nationwide Party for the Planet celebrations on the weekend of April 26-27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s program revolves around the theme of “Celebrating California Wildlife.” Exhibit areas located throughout the zoo grounds will feature education, conservation, and recycling information in an interactive and fun, Earth-friendly environment. Paid zoo admission is required.
- Los Angeles: The city’s largest Earth Day celebration, World Fest, returns to Woodley Park in Encino again this year, from 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, May 18. The daylong solar-powered celebration will feature more than 100 environmental exhibits and vendor booths, educational workshops, kids’ activities including storytelling and face painting, live entertainment, an expansive food court, and more. Special programs and lectures will be held in designated “eco-tent” and “healthy hut” structures. Paid admission is required, but tickets will be offered at a discounted price if purchased by April 30.
- Manhattan Beach: Earth Day will be celebrated with a day of entertainment and education in Polliwog Park from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 26. Enjoy live entertainment, speakers and presentations on the Eco-Education State, a composting class, children’s activities, an eco-shopping area, free bike valet parking, food and beverage vendors, an alternative fuel vehicle display, e-waste and printer toner cartridge recycling, and more.
- Mission Viejo: A combined Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration is planned for Saturday, April 26, 8 a.m.-noon, at Coronado Park. The event kicks off with a community planting party and cleanup to plant new landscaping along Avery Parkway, east of Marguerite Parkway. A “green expo” at Coronado Park will feature a home composting workshop, Earth-friendly crafts, and more. There will be free hot dogs and ice cream for participants (while supplies last).
- Newport Beach: The Newport Bay Conservancy is celebrating Earth Day on Saturday, April 26. The event runs 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center, 2301 University Drive. The free event will feature environmental exhibits, science discovery and craft booths, scavenger hunts for the kids, live entertainment, and more. Local food trucks will have items for sale, too.
- Pasadena: A combined salute to the environment and arts is planned for Saturday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Memorial Park and Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N. Raymond Ave. Details will be posted soon on the city’s website.
- Playa Del Rey: Celebrate Earth Day at a work party to help remove invasive species and litter from Ballona Creek. Volunteers should gather by 9 a.m. Saturday, April 19, in the parking lot behind Alka Water, 303 Culver Blvd. The work will wrap up by noon. Gloves, tools, water, and refreshments will be provided during the cleanup, which is sponsored by Friends of Ballona Wetlands. Bring a reusable water bottle. Wetlands restoration support organizations will have exhibit tables in the parking lot, and a special arts and crafts exhibit area for kids will be offered.
- Redondo Beach: Residents are invited to learn more about what they can do to protect the environment at a special Earth Day booth during the city’s two weekly farmers’ markets on April 24-25. On Thursday, April 24, the booth will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Redondo Beach Farmers’ Market in front of Veterans Park, 309 Esplanade. Free validations will provide an hour’s free parking in the Pier Parking Structure. On Friday, April 25, the Earth Day booth shifts to the Riviera Village Farmers’ Market, corner of Avenue I and Catalina Avenue, from 3-7 p.m. Learn about the city’s recycling programs, pick up a free reusable tote bag, and check out the fresh products offered by area farmers, growers, beekeepers, and artisans. Details are available on the city’s website.
- San Clemente: Learn about protecting the environment during a special Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 26, at the San Clemente Pier and Parque Del Mar. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will include educational demonstrations, displays, live entertainment, vendor booths, a children’s crafts area, and giveaways. Start the day by joining a beach cleanup effort, beginning at 8:30 a.m. For more information, send an email to email@example.com.
- San Pedro: From coastal cleanups to educational exhibits, the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is offering an array of activities on Saturday, April 19, to help celebrate the spirit of Earth Day. Activities begin with a cleanup of Cabrillo Beach from 8-10 a.m. From 10 a.m.-3 p.m., there will be an Earth Day Fair in the aquarium’s courtyard with environmental exhibits, special arts and crafts activities, and an exhibit of hatching grunion eggs. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the facility is planning a Salt Marsh open house with habitat walks, coastal bird walks, bird lectures, and more.
- Santa Clarita: Learn about the importance of a green lifestyle and caring for planet Earth at a combined Earth Arbor Day celebration, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road. The park site will feature six interactive zones: alternative transportation, community organizations, tree zone, energy zone, eco zone, and water conservation zone. This zero waste event will include live family-friendly entertainment, free tree and compost giveaways, solar cooking demonstrations, vendor booths, and more.
- Santa Monica: Heal the Bay and the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium are teaming up for a full day of events on Saturday, April 26, in honor of Earth Day. Morning events include a beach cleanup from 10 a.m.-noon and sandcastle contest from 9 a.m.-12:30. Beach cleanup volunteers will be offered free same-day admission to the aquarium, which will be open from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Special Earth Day events at the aquarium will include scavenger hunts, face painting, crafts stations, and a film screening and special presentation by underwater photographer/author Richard Salas, beginning at 2 p.m.
- South Gate: Residents are encouraged to gather on Saturday, April 26, at the Goals Soccer Center in South Gate Park for a community cleanup, from 8 a.m. to noon, in honor of Earth Day. The city is also sponsoring a household hazardous waste and e-waste collection program that day at South Gate Park.
- Topanga: A two-day Earth Day celebration/music festival is planned for the weekend of April 19-20. This year, the celebration moves from the Topanga Community Center to a new venue: the Old Canyon Ranch and Plant Nursery, 301 Old Topanga Canyon Road. The zero-waste event, now in its 15th year, will include scores of environmental and vendor booths, local artisans, workshops, lectures on topics ranging from organic gardening to meditation tips, an environmental film festival, live entertainment, children’s activities, and food booths.
- Torrance: Caring for the environment begins at home, and South Bay residents can make a start by taking part in a special Earth Day recycling program offered by the city of Torrance on Saturday, April 19. The event runs from 8 a.m. until noon in the Toyota Employee Parking Lot, located on Toyota Way between Van Ness and Western Avenues, 190th Street and Del Amo Boulevard. Among the free services offered that day will be document shredding; a drop-off zone for recycling e-waste, used clothing, and used shoes; and proper disposal of used motor oil and used engine oil filters.
- Whittier: Thousands of guests are expected when the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County hosts its annual Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 12. The event runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the district’s administrative offices, 1955 Workman Mill Road. The facility’s parking lot will be converted into a giant environmental celebration, with dozens of educational and vendor booths, interactive workshops, arts and crafts, activities for children, music, train rides, and much more. Free tours will be offered of the nearby water reclamation plant and materials recovery facility. Bring old shoes and eyeglasses to donate to a reuse program. Visitor parking will be provided nearby, with free shuttle service to and from the event.
- Eureka: Do your part to clean up locations around Humboldt County from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 19, then unwind and celebrate with friends and neighbors later that day at the Second Annual Earth Day Hoedown from 3-7 p.m. at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center in Manila. Humboldt Baykeeper will do water-based cleanups around Woodley and Indian islands, the Northcoast Environmental Center will work to remove trash from Samoa Beach and Friends of the Dunes will have a “Family Grass Grab” event at the Humboldt Coastal Nature Center in Manila. Friends of the Eel River will be at Crab Park and the Surfrider Foundation Humboldt Chapter will be at the North Jetty.
- Fort Bragg: Noyo Food Forest presents its 8th annual Whole Earth Festival from noon-5 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Fort Bragg High School Learning Garden, 300 Dana St. Enjoy live music and entertainment, a culinary showcase featuring local chefs, hands-on sustainable living workshops, children’s activities, a community art project, and a plant sale. This free family-friendly event supports the local school district’s Farm to School Program.
- Hopland: What’s the buzz all about? Celebrate nature’s pollinators at an Earth Day-inspired program from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Solar Living Institute. Live entertainment, honey tastings, children’s art activities where they can create their own bee or hornet, make beeswax, visit a pollinator “hotel,” learn about bee-friendly plantings, take free tours of the 12-acre Solar Living Center, and more.
- Mendocino County: From festivals to concerts, car shows, winery tours, dog hikes, and a “Save the Frogs” celebration, Mendocino County communities will be participating in the 3rd annual “Where the Earth IS First Festival” throughout April. Check out the county’s special “Party for the Planet” website for details.
- Santa Rosa: The city’s annual Earth Day Fair will be presented from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, April 19, in Courthouse Square. Enjoy environmental exhibits, eco-friendly crafts, children’s activities, local vendor booths, food and beverages, live entertainment, a raffle, and more. Safely dispose of unwanted and expired medications, too.
- Windsor: A combined Earth Day and Wellness Festival is planned for Sunday, April 27, along Windsor Town Green, 701 McClelland Drive. Hours will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The family-friendly event will feature health and wellness information, educational activities and presentations, children’s games and crafts, live entertainment, a “green rummage sale,” a farmers market, and free bike valet parking. Youngsters are encouraged to participate in a Youth Bike Rodeo, too.
- Redding: Celebrate the environment when the city presents its annual Whole Earth and Watershed Festival on Saturday, April 26, at Redding City Hall and Sculpture Park, 777 Cypress Ave. This year’s program runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Organizers say the event will feature more than 100 educational, environmental and commercial exhibitors, live entertainment, hands-on educational activities, recycling opportunities, the Whole Earth Hustle, children’s programs including a special young children’s zone for kids up through 5th grade, an environmental and recycling art show, local artists, a food court, and more. Local transit buses will offer free rides that day.
- Rocklin: A two-day celebration of Earth Day is being planned for April 23-24 at Sierra College in Rocklin. “The 6 R’s – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Return, Refuse, Rethink” is the theme for 2014’s events, which will promote sustainability at home, at work, and in the community. Activities and exhibits will be located in the amphitheater and campus center. There will be live music and poetry readings, a climbing wall, local sustainable businesses, art displays, UC Master Gardeners plant sale, student projects, and more.
- Roseville: The city’s seventh annual Celebrate the Earth Festival takes place Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Roseville Utility Exploration Center in Mahany Regional Park, 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd. This year’s event will include local green vendors, an electric vehicle display, live music and entertainment, children’s activities, wildlife presentations, environmental arts and crafts, food booths and mobile food trucks, and more. Ride free on local Roseville Transit routes on April 26 to celebrate Earth Day. Bus Routes D, I, and M will take you to the event. A secure bike parking area will be provided.
- Sacramento: The Sacramento Zoo is planning its annual Earth Fest—Party for the Planet on Saturday, April 5. Special exhibits, programs, and activities will be offered throughout the zoo from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Visitors will be treated to special wildlife shows, informative talks by animal keepers, and more. Special events for children include zoo-themed arts and crafts, storytelling, face painting, hands-on artifacts in the zoo’s Discovery Room, and interactive Wildlife Wagons. Parents will enjoy a Recycle Rummage Sale taking place in the Kampala Center. Educational and environmental exhibitors will be featured throughout the zoo grounds. Paid zoo admission is required.
- Sacramento: A wide-ranging environmental fair and recycling event is planned on the Library Quad at Sacramento State University on Thursday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in honor of Earth Day. There will be educational and vendor booths, healthy food truck entrees, a sustainable scavenger hunt, campus tours, guest speakers, an electric vehicle exhibit, and more. Items accepted that day for recycling include e-waste, ink and toner cartridges, light bulbs, batteries, gently use clothes and shoes, beverage containers, #6 Styrofoam, used car batteries, used latex paint, and expired prescription drugs.
- Sacramento: Celebrate the planet and learn about the benefits of adopting a sustainable lifestyle during the annual Sacramento Earth Day celebration at Southside Park. This year’s festival runs 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 19. The event will feature dozens of environmental and educational exhibit booths, educational, craft and commercial vendors, games and activities for children, live entertainment, locally produced food sales booths, and more. The event, now in its 8th year, is presented by the Environmental Council of Sacramento.
- Sacramento: Take light-rail or Regional Transit buses to downtown Sacramento on Earth Day (Tuesday, April 22) and join the festivities at Cesar Chavez Park (across from Sacramento City Hall) when the city of Sacramento hosts a special Earth Day 2014 Celebration. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include exhibit booths, live entertainment, live broadcasts by Radio Disney (1470 AM), educational exhibits, interactive displays, food vendors, and more.
- Sacramento: Students at American River College will celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday, April 23, with a wide variety of campus activities, programs, guest speakers, and exhibits from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., in front of the Library and new Student Center. There will be informational displays, guest organizations, an alternative fuels vehicle exhibit, and an e-waste collection event.
- La Jolla: In honor of Earth Day, visitors to the Birch Aquarium can participate in a “Party for the Planet” on Saturday, April 19. Special programs will focus on the importance of marine life (more than 70 percent of Earth’s surface is covered in water). Visitors can take part in special hands-on activities, create eco-friendly crafts, and learn more about scientific exploration activities. The aquarium is located at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla.
- Oceanside: The parking lot of Kohl’s Department store, 3410 Marron Road, will host a two-day Earth Day Festival and Pet Expo on April 5-6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This multi-city festival will include arts and ecology activities for young and old alike, informational booths, live entertainment, eco-fashions, snacks, and pet demonstrations. Pet support groups participating include Dogs on Deployment, the Chloe Sanctuary for Parrots and Cockatoos, and Independent Therapy Dogs, Inc.
- Oceanside: The annual Green Fair on Sunday, April, 27, is the north county’s largest Earth Day celebration. Activities will be offered from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in downtown Oceanside. The event will be loaded with fun and engaging activities for everyone, including dozens of environmentally friendly booths promoting products and organizations. New features this year will include a Vintage Market, Green Home Improvement Area, and Water-Friendly Plant Sale. The Green Oceanside program has other community activities planned during April, including a used oil filter exchange, Loma Alta Creek cleanup, Green Business Awards Reception, and compost workshop.
- San Diego: Students, faculty, and staff at UC San Diego have planned a full week’s worth of events to celebrate Earth Day 2014. Events are planned from April 21-25 on the campus. Events range from a Sustainability Awards Program on April 21 to a Muirstock music festival on April 25 and campus e-waste collections on April 22-24. Other events include the Earth Week Bear Garden from 3-6 p.m. April 25 on Matthews Quad, and the 5th annual I-House Trashion Show and Surfrider Benefit on April 25.
- San Diego: The annual Earth Fair in Balboa Park, billed by sponsors as the world’s largest Earth Day celebration, will be presented from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, April 27 in Balboa Park. Organizers say the event, now in its 25th year, usually attracts between 65,000 and 70,000 participants. The wide-ranging festival will include five entertainment stages, a Children’s Earth Parade, hundreds of environmental and commercial exhibitors, educational workshops, an electric vehicle/clean car concourse, food pavilion, eARTh gallery, and more.
- Bakersfield: Thousands are expected to turn out on Saturday, April 12, for the annual citywide cleanup and Greater Bakersfield Green Expo from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Yokuts Park.
- Bakersfield: Bakersfield College combines the environmental awareness of Earth Day and a salute to home gardening with Garden Fest through its annual springtime garden open house. The event runs 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in the college’s Renegade Park. What began as a modest plant sale promoting the school’s environmental horticulture and agriculture programs has evolved into a major community celebration. More than 150 vendor booths will be available with information on gardening, pets, cooking, outdoor leisure, arts & crafts, and environmentally-friendly home improvement ideas. The annual farmer’s market will have fresh fruits and vegetables ripe and ready for purchase. Bakersfield College’s Culinary Arts Department will have freshly-prepared food available throughout the event.
- Fresno: Earth Day will be celebrated on the Fresno State University campus with special programs and displays on Friday, April 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Exhibit and vendor booths will be set up at Maple Mall (where Vintage Days are held). There will be special education programs for children, along with vendor and community group booths, live entertainment, food trucks, and more.
- Fresno: Amateur runners and fitness enthusiasts are invited to join the annual Earth Day Run for the Reef on Saturday, April 5. The 5K run/2 mile walk-run is sponsored by the Aquarius Aquarium Institute and benefits efforts to build an aquarium in Fresno. The annual footrace takes place along the city’s scenic Sugar Pine Trail. The race will be followed by the annual Water Planet Adventure Day at the Center Court of The Shops at River Park Shopping Center, beginning at 9 a.m. Kids of all ages can enjoy a morning of fun with our living California tide pool touch tank, water conservation information booths, crafts booths, face painting, story times, and live entertainment.
- Fresno: A fun, and tasty, celebration of Earth Day and our fragile ecosystem is planned for Saturday, April 12, when Fresno Chaffee Zoo presents its annual Breakfast with the Animals and Party for the Planet program. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. with a hearty breakfast of pancakes, sausage, juice, and coffee/milk. After breakfast, participants are treated to exciting Earth Day-inspired programs, including the Winged Wonders Bird Show, special animal presentations, and more. Paid admission is required; discounted tickets can be purchased in advance.
- Modesto: Graceada Park will host the city’s annual Earth Day celebration from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 19. The event features educational and environmental exhibits, scores of vendor booths, hands-on activities, entertainment, a Modesto Police Department K-9 demonstration, and fun for all ages. Drop off your recyclables at the Boyett “B Green” Recycling Event along Stoddard Avenue, between Park and Sycamore Avenues, and help support Modesto’s parks program in the process. Boyett Petroleum will match the value of all recyclables brought to the drive-through event that day. Items accepted for recycling include: CRV bottles and cans, plastic, scrap metal, e-waste, and computer printer toner and ink cartridges. Onsite document shredding offered, too (limited of five file boxes or grocery bags per person).
- Reedley: All are welcome when Reedley College hosts its 6th annual Green Summit 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 23. The event will feature speakers, educational and commercial exhibit booths, live entertainment, and a “trashion” fashion show. The college’s Green Club has more information on its Facebook page.
- Stockton: “Living Water Wise” is the theme for this year’s Earth Day Festival in Victory Park (behind Haggin Museum) on Sunday, April 6. Activities will run from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., but the annual Family Fun Bike Ride and Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. The city’s annual Earth Day celebration blends entertainment with an environmental message of education, conservation, and recycling. There will be dozens of educational and environmental exhibit booths, entertainment, hands-on activities, exotic arts and crafts, and an extensive food court. More than 100 commercial vendor booths will be set up throughout Victory Park. Visitors are asked to bring canned or boxed food donations for the Stockton Emergency Food Bank, or slightly used clothing donations for the homeless served by the Gospel Center Rescue Mission.
- Visalia: Help clean up the community and learn about
ways to protect the environment at the city’s
Earth Day 2014
Celebration from 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 3. The event
takes place along St. Johns Riverwalk Park (Ben Maddox and
St. Johns River). In addition to educational exhibits, the
event will include a beautification and art project for
participants, vendor booths, live music, a recycled art
fashion show, and water efficiency displays.
- Bishop: “Stay Green” is the theme for the city’s annual Earth Day celebration in Bishop City Park on Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will feature information and vendor booths, a talent show, arts and crafts, food booths, children’s activities, and more.
- South Lake Tahoe: Celebrate Earth Day with a daylong community festival from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 26 in Bijou Community Park. Planned activities include educational and environmental exhibits and workshops, a children’s activity area, educational booths, live entertainment, hands-on arts and crafts activities using recycled materials, local food and artisan booths, and a special Earth Day raffle.
- Tahoe/Truckee: The Village at Squaw Valley will again host a community Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 19, with events planned from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be scores of educational and vendor exhibit booths, children’s entertainment, live music and dance performances, a “trashion” show, a hands-on arts and crafts activity area, and a raffle. Free public transit bus service provide to and from the event from North Lake Tahoe, Incline Village, and Truckee.
- Yosemite National Park: Celebrate Earth Day at perhaps the most scenic region in all of the Golden State. Park rangers are planning two days filled with special events on Saturday, April 19, and on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, with events for young and old alike. Saturday’s events include a three-hour family bike ride with park staff (bike rentals $5 – limited to 50 participants), children’s storytelling and entertainment, and a Family Night program at 7 p.m. at the Falls Amphitheater at Yosemite Lodge. Tuesday’s events include habitat restoration and trash pickup work parties, an Earth Day/Junior Ranger Village Celebration at Yosemite Village Mall, sustainable salad bar tasting (followed by cupcakes and lemonade) at the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center, a photography workshop, a naturalist stroll, and an evening screening of filmmaker Ken Burns’ documentary about U.S. National Parks. As a lead-in to National Parks Week from April 21-25, park admission fees at all national parks are being waived the weekend of April 19-20.