Back on April 22, 1970, over 20 million people took to the streets and parks to demonstrate and demand a cleaner, healthier, more sustainable environment. At thousands of rallies and hundreds of college campuses and universities across our nation, protesters young and old participated in the first Earth Day event.
Today, the Earth Day Organization is counting down to the 50th anniversary of this planet-friendly event and hopes to mark this milestone by planting 7.8 billion trees by the deadline of 2020. While adding another sapling to our planet is certainly a good place to start, what are some other ways we can celebrate and enjoy this eco-green-friendly occasion?
Events in Washington, DC
While Earth Day falls on Friday, April 22, there are dozens of local events in our nation’s capital to enjoy on and near this date. Check out some of these kid and planet-friendly events:
- Golden Triangle Earth Day Fair - April 22, 2016, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. 19th and L Street Rain Gardens: Enjoy demonstrations on saving energy from the DC Department of Energy and Environment, the Urban Forestry Department and many more. Those who bring an old phone for recycling will receive a beautiful, spring flower.
- Earth Day at the National Zoo – April 23, 2016, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 3001 Connecticut Avenue, NW. FONZ (Friends of the National Zoo) will be ringing in Earth Day with dozens of green-themed activities and events including tips from horticulturists, a tour of the Zoo’s green facilities and a number of special demonstrations. Zoo visitors are encouraged to participate in its first Bike To The Zoo event in 2016.
- Earth Day at Union Station – April 21 & 22, 2016, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 50 Massachusetts Avenue, SE. Sponsored by the Earth Day Network, this year’s presenter includes NASA which should be a big hit with the kids with appearances from real astronauts, scientists and an uplink to the International Space Station.
- Tudor Place Earth Day Tree Fest - April 26, 2016, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 1644 31st Street, NW. Visit this historic site in Georgetown to celebrate Earth Day and enjoy games, music, guided tours, and a special garden sale. Children will love exploring the beautiful 5½ landscaped site by using an illustrated map or going on a kid-friendly tour.
Throughout the month of April, or any other time for that matter, friends and families, both young and old are invited to participate in the Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup Project sponsored by the Ferguson Foundation. While many dates and locations are slated for cleaning on April 16th, when visiting any of the hundreds of river locations, bring the kids and take out the trash.
The nearby Anacostia Watershed is also holding a clean-up day on April 23 from 9 a.m. – noon with an after party and rallies continuing until 2 p.m. Choose from thirty-two different sites and this is a family-and-earth friendly event, so they encourage children to join. However, those under the age of 18 must have a signed waiver from their parents and those 14 and younger must be accompanied by a parent.
Born and raised in Austin, TX, Hilary Smith is a free-lance journalist whose love of gadgets, technology and business has no bounds. After becoming a parent she now enjoys writing about family and parenting related topics.
Happy Earth Day 2016!