Sunday, April 18, 2010

Superhero Secrets: Earth Day Roundup

A round-up of Earth Day events and activities from the Greenhabilitator...

Is everyone else excited for Earth Day, which is coming up this week? I'm bummed that it falls on a Thursday, since we have work and school that day, but it sounds like the celebration will be overflowing to the weekend just about everywhere. Check the Earth Day Network's website for events in your area.

We'll be attending the Mountain Area Earth Day Fair here in beautiful Evergreen, CO, but there are a myriad of events within a 50 mile radius of us from recycling events to bike rides to festivals to concerts to flower planting to highway clean-ups. Definitely something for everyone!

If you would rather serve than play this Earth Day, you can answer the President's call to action by visiting Serve.gov and signing up to volunteer at one of the many events. Or, check with the Nature Conservancy or Sierra Club

For those with time to volunteer in a classroom, at Girl/Boy Scouts, or other organizations, the EPA has put together an nice collection of websites and documents that one can use in discussing environmental topics like conservation, recycling, climate change and stewardship.

If you're looking for activities to do with the kids at home, I've stumbled across a million and one things over the past few weeks, but this was one of my favorites...

Cascadian Farm's See-Through Composter
I saw this one on Facebook last week and thought it was great. We compost in our yard, but it's not something the kids can really monitor from day to day like this. And I love that they have you put a plastic bag in there to show what doesn't break down.

You can also find more projects here:

KnowledgeHound.com, which
has activities, crafts and recipes to try.

Education World offers five original lesson plans that will engage students in creating maps of an astronaut's view of Earth, exploring issues of junk mail and hazardous household waste, and learning about endangered species.

TeacherVision has an extensive list of resources, plans and activities for kids from Kindergarten all the way through high school.

So what are your plans for the big day? We'd love to know!

4 comments:

Daisy said...

My school celebrates Earth Week with a variety of activities. We are lucky to be near an Environmental Charter School that works with us to celebrate.

Wonder-ful said...

I will be at work for most of the day (with substitutes on Thurs/Friday). Last year we made an earth day coloring book and this year. Not sure about this year.

I remember in third grade going to an earth day event in the city. It was a class field trip. We came back with frisbies, blocks of recycled plastic, recycled pencils and young trees to plant at home. I remember trading my frisbie for someone's tree.

Condo Blues said...

I like that Earth Day is on a weekday since it started as a teach in day and I think that's the most important part about Earth Day - education. It also brings that Earth Day should be every day message across loud and clear. Well at least in my home.

panamamama said...

Planning to go to our celebration on the river! Hope it's not like the one we went to at the zoo a few years ago where they passed out junk toys from Oriental Trader that said "Happy Earth Day" and had plastic bottles and no recycling bins anywhere. So ironic!

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