Earth Day, the modern environmental movement, has been celebrated each April 22 since 1970. The founder, Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, began the movement after witnessing the global damages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Today, millions of Americans participate in the fight for a clean environment. The Washington, DC metropolitan area has a variety of Earth Day activities that make caring for the planet fun for all ages. You can pitch in and help clean up any of the region’s parks or attend a family event that includes learning ways to improve our environment and make a difference. Events take place throughout the month of April.
2014 Earth Day Events
Earth Day at Union Station
April 21-23, 2014. The 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 5, 2014, 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.
April 5, 2014, cleanup at 8:30 a.m.; rallies noon to 3 p.m. Several locations in the Washington, DC area. Celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up along our local streams and keeping trash out of the Anacostia River.
Earth Day at the National Zoo
April 22, 2014, 10 a.m.-4 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 25, 2014, 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.
Alexandria Earth Day
April 26, 2014, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ben Brenman Park. Alexandria, VA. The event focuses on efficient and eco-friendly transportation options such as walking, bicycling, ridesharing, and riding public transit. Activities include recycling and composting demonstrations, live music, an Arbor Day tree planting, a performance by Blue Sky Puppets, and a launch of the Eco-City Action Plan Phase II.
Earth Day at The Shops at Wisconsin Place
April 26, 2014, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 5310 Western Avenue, Chevy Chase, Maryland. Enjoy live music, a farmer’s market and eco-friendly fun on the outdoor patio at The Shops at Wisconsin Place. The event will benefit the locally based non--‐profit organization, EarthShare, whose member charities help protect The Chesapeake Bay, clean up the Anacostia River, preserve historic lands and parks like the C&O Canal and towpath, restore oyster populations, and more.
Green Living Expo and Earth Week Community Fair
April 26, 2014. 12 – 4:30 p.m. George Mason University, Founders Hall, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA. Visit the Expo to learn about practical ways to green your lifestyle with a focus on energy conservation, sustainable food, solid waste reduction, eco-friendly transportation, green home remodeling, sustainable landscaping, and healthy homes. The event includes exhibits, seminars, competitions, kid-friendly activities, food sales and more. Online pre-registration is strongly encouraged.
Takoma Park Earth Day Event
April 27, 2014, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., rain or shine. The event will be a “one-stop-shop” for attendees to find green solutions, including the latest green products and ideas from 30 local businesses and organizations; a native plant sale; entertainment by Valentine Slim, The New Misty Crystals and Music Heals Us Drum Circle; family activities; and food trucks. Free community trolley service will be available all day throughout Old Takoma with stops at both the Takoma Park Farmers Market and the Takoma Metro stop on Metro's red line
Montgomery County Earth Day
Throughout April, parks, nonprofit agencies, community groups, businesses, schools, clubs, religious groups, etc. are hosting volunteer activities for Earth Day. Sign up for a neighborhood cleanup or create your own project. 240-777-2600.