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, websites and library materials listed below for some great ideas.
Join a Club
The Virginia Cooperative Extension Agency, opens a new window sponsors 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, opens a new window, Stafford, opens a new window, and Westmoreland, opens a new window 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 (FOR). From planting trees to designing and painting rain barrels, they have many volunteer opportunities, opens a new window.
Fun Things to Do to Celebrate Earth Day
Alice Ferguson Foundation: Upcoming Events, opens a new window
Join a clean-up event that benefits our watershed.
Earth Day at Old MIll Park,: April 23, opens a new window
"Join us for our 2022 Earth Day Festival! This event will be filled with fun, family activities to celebrate Earth Day. Participate in virtual events leading up to the festival and then come to Old Mill Park on Saturday, April 23 for our annual festival. This FREE festival is filled with interactive activities, live music, delicious food, and much more. From citizen science projects to art contests, and live music to live animals, there is something for everyone! Sponsored by Fredericksburg Parks, Recreation, & Events."
Good Stuff at the Library
Check out some books and videos for more ideas on how to help the environment:
With suggestions on what each person can do to make a positive impact on the planet, this booklist has good choices for Earth Day reading.
Earth Day Fun on the Web
Visit these websites for environmental facts, games, and more.
Environmental Protection Agency, opens a new window
Visit the Students K-12 area for homework or science fair help, games to play, and student blog postings to read.
Learn how to reduce waste, use less energy, and save money by doing simple things at home, at work, and in your neighborhood.