Earth Day was created in 1970 to bring awareness to environmental issues. Now a global celebration of all things planet Earth, people of all ages are encouraged to take part in Earth Day festivities on April 22. Whether you are planting a community garden or learning about endangered wildlife, these events happening around the Houston area will be sure to inspire and educate the whole family.
Party for the Planet
What better place to teach kids about the impact of conservation than at the zoo. At this two-day event, you'll find a "save the species" maze, scavenger hunt, and larger than life reusable coloring mural. Don't miss the DJ spinning by the Reflection Pool or the Meet the Keeper talks taking place throughout the day. The event is free for zoo members, and all activities are included with the price of admission. For everyday ways to help the planet, check out the zoo's website.
Evelyn's Park Opening Day
Head to Bellaire for the grand reopening of Evelyn's Park - a five-acre green space complete with a designated children's area and cafe. No need to pack a picnic basket for this celebration - artisan sandwich selections and sides will be available (pre-order here) along with beer and wine tastings.
Dig It and Earth Day Workday
Urban harvest has multiple opportunities to get your hands dirty on Earth day. At Hogg Middle School, planting and mulching are the order of the day, while at Gregory-Lincoln Education Center, you will clean chicken coops and maintain the orchards. During the Earth Day Workday event, volunteers will build and plant beds, mulch garden paths, and assist
Earth Day with SCA
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is working to restore Sims Bayou and needs volunteers - they'll even feed you breakfast for your efforts. Green thumbers will remove "invasive species," plant native plants, mulch, and pick up trash. Don't forget your reusable water bottle, closed-toe shoes, and hat.
Earth Day Bash
Join the Children Museum of Houston's celebration of sustainability and conservation with a fun-filled day of interactive events and activities. Enjoy a little gardening, a poetry performance, and art-making, all while learning about animals, plants, and the planet.
Party for the Planet
Head to the Downtown Aquarium for activities, games, and learning opportunities in honor of Earth Day. Note that this event is included in admission.
Earth Day at the Avenida
Discovery Green's Earth Day event features one of the more unique music performances you are likely to see in Houston. As the band The Squonkers performs, their music inflates the massive 40-foot-tall Lady Pneumatica - a giant figure that once inflated reaches toward the sky and is topped with a wind turbine on her head. You just have to see it to believe it.
Photo courtesy of Urban Harvest