Bay Area Earth Day Outings

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Did you know that the first Earth Day was proclaimed in San Francisco in 1970? 40 years later, you can bet your bananas that Earth Day events will be happening all around the Bay. These community-centered events are full of opportunities to learn about the environment while having loads of fun. And since learning about nature is something your kids can be a part of everyday, the following events are sponsored by organizations with year-long programs your families can always be a part of.

Saturday, April 17, Earth Day 2010 with California State Parks


The California State Parks Foundation encourages adults as well as kids to become voices for the parks. What better day for the family to be part of an environmental improvement project than Earth Day? Volunteers throughout the state will be involved in Earth Day 2010 tree plantings, beach clean-ups, trail restorations, and more, and the opportunities are available in our state parks everyday of the year. Register with California State Parks for an Earth Day project in your area by April 15th.

Saturday, April 17, Earth Stroll 2010 at Crissy Field

Crissy Field Center is all about introducing kids to the wonder of the outdoors, and their Earth Day Stroll continues the exploration while commemorating something larger—a healthy planet and people. This free event will lead guests through the new Crissy Field Center in the Presidio, where they will play animal dress up, take yoga classes, play edible geology games, and learn what “ethnobotany” means. Admission is free, with extra activities available for $5.00.

Sunday, April 18, 10th Annual People’s Earth Day & Grand Opening of Ecology Education Center

Let your kids be inspired by San Francisco youth leaders. This free community festival is hosted by the Literacy of Environmental Justice (LEJ), where youth join community leaders to address ecological concerns for the Bayview Hunter’s Point community. On April 18th, LEJ will celebrate Earth Day with food, live music, special guests, and young San Francisco talent at Heron’s Head Park. The organization will also host the grand opening of a new EcoCenter at the festival site. LEJ youth will provide tours of the new green facility, where guests will participate in interactive renewable energy demonstrations.


Sunday, April 18th, Earth Day Fest 2010 at Full Circle Farm

This event is the biggest of the year for the folks at Full Circle Farm, who’ve “Got it Growin’ On” for 2010. This year, they will be celebrating their farm’s growth, along with the growing sense of community and sustainable food practices throughout the Bay. Kids will enjoy activities, demonstrations, entertainment, a petting zoo, and more. The farm is located at 1055 Dunford Way in Sunnyvale. Stop on by on Earth Day, and throughout the year to be a part of community supported agriculture.

Sunday, April 18, Earth Day Celebration at the Headlands Institute

This free, drop-in event will help you celebrate being an environmental steward. The Headland’s Institute teaches science and environmental education for youth and teens. On Earth Day, naturalists will lead hikes, lead stewardship projects in the hills, and provide arts and crafts materials for the family. The Headlands Institute is located at 1033 Fort Cronkhite in Sausalito.

—Renee Rutledge