Earth Day Network’s first Earth Day was in 1970. It’s continuing mission — “to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations.” For us, it’s a chance to teach our children about good stewardship of our planet, while getting out and enjoying the long-awaited spring. I think the spring thing may be why the Twin Cities Metro does not skimp on Earth Day activities and events. We have a sampling of Earth Day family events to get out with your kids and celebrate our environment this month.
TWIN CITIES EARTH DAY FAMILY EVENTS
4/20: Earth Day Event – Give Back To Nature | Dodge Nature Center, West St. Paul • 5:30-8pm • Bring the family to help take on a variety of projects including litter pick-up, invasive species removal, garden clean up, and more. Volunteers can enjoy a cookout before getting to work. Pre-registration. Sign Up Here. FREE.
4/21: Born In China opens in theaters | Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure film “Born In China” follows the stories of three animal families in some of the most extreme environments on Earth.
4/22: Earth Day: Story Stroll, Service Projects and Native Plant Sale | Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington • 10am-2pm • Hike on a Story Stroll, join volunteers removing invasive plants, and get tips to attract pollinators and wildlife to your yard. FREE.
4/22: Earth Day Celebration | Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Roseville • 10am-2pm • Enjoy free entertainment, beat a drum in the parade, and help with planting at this annual celebration. Top off the day with a slice of cake to celebrate the nature center’s birthday! FREE.
4/22: Family Earth Day Celebration | Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes • 12:30-3pm • All kinds of family fun at this Earth Day celebration: climbing wall, light refreshments, and a make-and-take earth art project. FREE.
4/24: My Preschooler & Me: Puppet Escapades – Earth Day is Here | Lowry Nature Center, Victoria • 10am to 11am • $4/pp • For preschoolers age 2-4 and their parent – watch a puppet show and explore activity stations. Registration required.
4/22: Earth Day Cleanup & Garden Work Day | Tamarack Nature Center, White Bear Township • 9am-noon • Volunteer for a morning at Tamarack by cleaning up the grounds and trails, as well as working in the Garden to get it ready for planting. RSVP at the above link. FREE.
4/22: Outdoor: Earth Day Celebration | Kroening Interpretive Center, Minneapolis • 11am-3pm • Naturalist-led and self-guided activities. Community cleanup around the park. Meet animals and create art. FREE for All ages.
EARTH DAY FAMILY EVENTS – PARK CLEAN-UP SITES
4/22: Minneapolis Parks Earth Day Cleanup sites