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 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, 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 (FOR). From planting trees to designing and painting rain barrels, they have many volunteer opportunities. FOR will be at Earth Day at Old Mill Park on Saturday, April 27 from 11 to 4 with STEM activities for everyone to try, and they'll be back on Saturday, June 1 for Rock the River fun and games. Check their page for details on these and other upcoming river-centric events.
Fun Things to Do to Celebrate Earth Day
Potomac Watershed Cleanup
Saturday, April 13, 2019, 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. Contact the Alice Ferguson Foundation for more information.
United States Botanic Garden
Friday, April 26, 2019, 10:00-2:00. Location: Regional Garden, Lawn Terrace, Pollinator Garden (Rain Location: Conservatory Garden Court)
FREE: No pre-registration required. "Come enjoy engaging hands-on activities and meet with representatives of environmental organizations from throughout the region. Learn about the ways you can make the planet a healthier place and become a more active steward of the plants that support life on Earth."
Easter Monday and Earth Optimism Day at the National Zoo
Monday, April 22, 2019, 10:00-2:00. "Families are invited to enjoy egg hunts, live music, food trucks and games while discovering how they can help save species. This free event includes hands-on learning opportunities featuring Smithsonian conservation success stories, special animal demonstrations, keeper talks, and meet and greets with scientists and conservation partners working to protect wildlife around the world."
Earth Day Celebration on the Rappahannock
Saturday, April 27, 2019, 11:00-4:00. This FREE festival at Old Mill Park on Fredericksburg's riverfront will have dozens of environmental exhibitors, live music, great food, birds of prey, hands-on activities, and so much more for the entire family! Sponsored by Fredericksburg Parks & Recreation. To get to the festival, walk the Canal Path Heritage Trail.
Good Stuff at the Library
The next time you visit the library, check out some books for more ideas on how to help the environment from our list, Help the Earth Every Day.
Earth Day Fun on the Web
Visit these websites for environmental facts, games, and more:
Environmental Protection Agency
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.