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 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.
Fun Things to Do to Celebrate Earth Day
Potomac Watershed Cleanup, opens a new window
Saturday, April 10, 2021, 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.
Earth Day on the Rappahannock: April 11-17, 2021, opens a new window
"Our Earth Day Festival will look a little different in 2021 but will be just as exciting and fun. Participate in virtual events throughout the week and then come to Old Mill Park on Friday and Saturday nights for a concert and a movie. 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 a family movie night, there is something for everyone!"
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 is a good choice for Earth Day reading.
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.