Earth Day is Saturday, April 22, and while there are things you can do every day of the year to make a difference, here are five ways you can celebrate Earth Day this year in Washington State.
Earth Day with the City of Edmonds
Join the City of Edmonds, the Edmonds Stewards, the Edmonds Tree Board, Sound Salmon Solutions and other community volunteers for a day of service for Earth Day on Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Help make a difference for the earth and its inhabitants by planting trees, restoring habitat or cleaning up beaches. Activities include tree planting at Yost Park, “Mulch Madness” at Pine Ridge Park and clean up at Brackett’s Landing North Park or Marina Beach Park. Find links to sign up for these Earth Day volunteer opportunities at soundsalmonsolutions.org.
Free Park Entry Day at Saltwater State Park
Celebrate Earth Day with free entry to Saltwater State Park in Des Moines on Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be educational activities available all day about live marine animals, native and invasive plants and a craft table for children. At 12:30 p.m., there will be a scuba dive; beach walks with naturalists at noon and 1 p.m.; and forest hikes at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. To RSVP for this free event, visit friendssaltwater.org.
Sammamish Earth Day
The City of Sammamish Earth Day celebration will take place Saturday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lodge at Beaver Lake Park. This free event for all ages will feature crafts, activities, informational booths, giveaways, food trucks, performances, a petting zoo, a bug/reptile interactive booth and more. For more information, visit sammamish.us.
Earth Day at the Arboretum
The Arboretum Foundation, UW Botanic Gardens, and Seattle Parks and Recreation will co-host an annual Earth Day community and volunteer event on Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers will restore Washington Park Arboretum by removing invasive species, weeding collections and mulching planting beds. Volunteers must be aged 15 or older to participate and space is limited. Volunteers must sign up at arboretumfoundation.org.
Leap for Green Sustainability Fair
The annual Leap For Green Sustainability Fair returns to the Mercer Island Community and Event Center Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This free event began in 2008 to celebrate Earth Day by promoting environmental practices and activities for kids and adults, and to raise general awareness of local sustainability resources. This year’s event will feature activities for all ages including sustainability vendors, entertainment, food trucks, electric vehicles, educational displays and more. For more information, visit mercerisland.gov.