Help the Earth Every Day
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
Not of a mind to face the crowds at the National Mall celebration? 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:
Discover Earth: February 26 - April 24 at England Run Branch
Visit the England Run Branch and explore the Discover Earth: A Century of Change exhibit. The Central Rappahannock Regional Library system is one of only ten libraries in the country to successfully apply for this grant-funded, museum-quality science exhibit. It features interactive, multimedia displays allowing visitors to interact with digital information in a dynamic way and encouraging new perspectives on our planet while reinforcing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts.
The Discover Earth exhibit focuses on local earth science topics—such as weather, the water cycle, and ecosystem changes—as well as a global view of our changing planet. It includes a Magic Planet globe and simulation-based educational games. Learn more about the exhibit here.
Visitors will learn that Earth is a complex, global system of interacting subsystems—rock, water, air and life; understand that Earth's global system changes on short and long-term time scales; understand the water cycle and the important role that water plays in the Earth system; learn about the basics of weather and how meteorologists predict it locally; understand the difference between weather and climate; and learn how to become a thoughtful steward of Planet Earth.
Earth Day Celebration at Old Mill Park
April 13th, 2013 11am-3pm
FREE ADMISSION! Learn about alternative fuel cars, visit with dozens of exhibitors, participate in hands on activities and nature hikes, enjoy live music, interact with live animals, and visit the food vendors for lunch! Bring grandma, the neighbors, friends, and learn what you can do to reduce your impact on the environment while having GREAT FAMILY FUN.
Earth Day on the National Mall
2013 Date to Be Announced. The Earth Day event includes a rally, musical entertainment, civic leaders, and celebrity speakers. The Environmental Protection Agency will also host family-friendly, hands-on activities in their National Sustainable Design Expo where EPA, green businesses, nonprofits and college students from across the country will showcase their efforts to protect the planet.
Earth Month at Union Station
April 1-30, 2013. This year, a month-long celebration will feature interactive, eco-friendly exhibits and activities to raise awareness of environmental issues and encourage sustainability. On April 22, be sure to check out the full day of entertainment, discussion panels, contests, games, giveaways and much more.
Potomac Watershed Cleanup
Annual Cleanup Day, April 6, 2013, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Throughout April, families can help remove trash from one of 276 sites along the Potomac River in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
Earth Day at the National Zoo
April 20, 2013, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free and open to the public. No ticket required.Celebrate Earth Day and meet the Smithsonian National Zoo’s Green Team experts, participate in “green”-themed crafts, and learn simple daily actions that help you enjoy a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle. State Farm® will host a special children’s area at the Kids’ Farm where children can make their own plant pots with recycled newspapers, as well as a garden journal.
United States Botanic Garden
April 19, 2013, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Conservancy Terrace. Enjoy cooking demonstrations with seasonal produce 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 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.
Protecting the Planet: Environmental Activism by Pamela Dell
Explores how we can help the environment through the things that we do.
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.
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.
Earth Day Fun on the Web:
Visit these Web sites for games, stories, quizzes, and projects
Earth 911: Kids
Different sections for older and younger kids include games, activities, and links to other Web sites that help you learn about protecting the environment.
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.
Environmental Protection Agency
Visit the Students K-12 area for homework or science fair help, games to play, and student blog postings to read.
The Green Squad
The site teaches kids about the relationship between their schools and environmental and health issues. Designed primarily for students in fifth through eighth grades, the site also offers information for younger and older students as well as parents and teachers.
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.