- Mary Buck
How can you help the Earth? There are lots of ways to get involved in conservation whether you're a kid, teen, or adult. Check out the local activities, Web sites and library materials listed below for some great ideas.
Join a Club
The Virginia Cooperative Extension Agency offers 4-H clubs. If you are between the ages of 5 and 18, you can learn about plant and soil sciences, the environment and natural resources as well as animal sciences from great teachers. There are 4-H clubs in Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Westmoreland counties. These have hands-on activities that strongly encourage leadership development. 4-H projects are fun and can be competitive.
Become a Friend of the River
Consider volunteering with the Friends of the Rappahannock. From planting trees to designing and painting rain barrels, they have many volunteer opportunities.
Fun Things to Do to Celebrate Earth Day:
Earth Day Celebration on the Rappahannock
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 11:00-4:00. This FREE festival is filled with hands-on exhibits, live music, delicious food, and much more. From beekeepers to birds of prey, pony rides to face painting, environmental organizations to scouting groups, there is something for everyone! Sponsored by Fredericksburg Parks & Recreation.
Potomac Watershed Cleanup
Saturday, April 8, 2017, Annual Cleanup Day. Throughout April, families can help remove trash from one of the many sites along the Potomac River in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
Earth Day at the National Zoo
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 10:00-2:00. Come celebrate Earth Day with the National Zoo's Sustainability Committee! Learn about the many green achievements and continued efforts across the National Zoo.
United States Botanic Garden
Friday, April 21, 2017, 10:00-2:00. Location: Conservatory Terrace (Rain Location: Conservatory Garden Court & West Gallery)
FREE: No pre-registration required. "Join us as the U.S. Botanic Garden celebrates Earth Day! Come enjoy engaging hands-on activities and meet with representatives of environmental organizations from throughout the region. Drop by and learn all the ways that you can make the planet a healthier place and become a more active steward of the plants that support life on earth."
Good Stuff at the Library
The next time you visit the library, check out the materials listed below for more ideas on how to help the environment...
E is for Environment: Stories to Help Children Care for Their World – at Home, at School and at Play by Ian James Corlett
Twenty-six stories help to teach the importance of the environment and what children can do to help the Earth.
Green Crafts: Become an Earth-friendly Craft Star, Step by Easy Step! by Megan Friday
Sixteen green-themed crafts ideas that involve decorating household items with environmental slogans or icons. Some of the projects suggest ways of recycling used objects, while others have crafters use new materials to make reusable items. Side notes explain how each craft helps protect the environment.
Green Living: No Action Too Small by Lucia Raatma
From fighting global warming to protecting wildlife, this book contains the information young environmentalists need to change the world.
Love Your World: How to Take Care of the Plants, the Animals, and the Planet by Dawn Sirett
You can make a big difference if you help take care of the planet. From growing a garden in a tray to recycling trash, this book is full of ideas.
Protecting the Planet: Environmental Activism by Pamela Dell
Explores how we can help the environment through the things that we do.
Earth Day Fun on the Web
Visit these Web sites for games, stories, quizzes, and projects
EekoWorld: PBS Kids Go!
EekoWorld is designed to help children between the ages of 6 and 9 learn about the important role they can play in taking care of the earth. EekoWorld (Environmental Education for Kids Online) features two interactive games, children will be able to create their own unique land-, air- or water-dwelling EekoCreatures, or they can explore their own EekoHouses, a simulation resembling their real home lives that shows how decisions they make affect the environment and their EekoCreature. Requires Flash plug-in.
Environmental Protection Agency
Visit the Students K-12 area for homework or science fair help, games to play, and student blog postings to read.
Species fact sheets, “wild games,” web of life, how kids can help defend the environment, and a Wildlife Adoption Center.
National Geographic Kids: Dare to Explore!
Through games, videos, and other fun stuff, learn about different animals and countries, science, nature, geography, and much more!
Learn how to reduce waste, use less energy, and save money by doing simple things at home, at work, and in your neighborhood.
A Student’s Guide to Global Climate Change
This EPA site explores global warming, what causes it, and what you can do to help stop it through definitions of scientific terms and simple global warming-themed games.