Bay Area Earth Day Celebrations for Kids

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Earth Day is a great reminder to love and cherish our planet and we can do that through books, reducing plastic waste and even upcycled crafts! So whether your Earth Day celebrations involve taking to the streets for climate change, attending an Earth Day festival or helping with a beautification or habitat restoration project, let’s remember that every day can be Earth Day.

California State Parks Foundation
Celebrate Earth Day the  entire month by signing up for an Earth Day Kit or drop by an REI to pick up gloves and a compostable trash bag and get to work on beautifying your community. The foundation is also sponsoring community events at Half Moon Bay (Apr. 9), Angel Island State Park (Apr. 16) and Candlestick Point (Apr. 23), pre-registration required.

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April 16 

Earth Day at Oakland Zoo
Join the zoo’s “Regeneration Celebration” for a day of action, fun and exploration combined with their centennial birthday celebration!

We Love Earth Festival
Education and family-friendly activities at this festival will all be geared towards learning about creating a climate-friendly home, sustainable eating and energy use as well as climate advocacy.

April 22

March and Rally for Our Earth
Take to the streets to rally for a better earth in celebration of Earth Day as we push for a more sustainable future.

Earth Day Walk & Talk
Join a guided sunset walk at the Wetlands Edge Park & trail while learning about the environmental and climate changes challenging the wetlands. Hikes leave every half hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. for an easy 1.5 mile flat loop with the last hike leaving at 7 p.m.

Aquarium of the Bay

April 23

Golden Gate Conservancy
Volunteers ages eight and up can help out at Crissy Field, Ocean Beach or Stinson Beach through habitat restoration or beach clean ups.

Earth Day SF
Build environmental awareness while enjoying neighborhood fun with  live music, kid’s activities and vegan chef demos all while celebrating our planet. 

Earth Day Celebration on the Green at Alemany Farm
Come to the farm on Earth Day for kids games, farm tours, live music and “Ask a Gardener” sessions. 

Restore and Create: Earth Day Beach Clean-up and Art-Making
Families can engage in making art with natural elements of Stinson beach followed by some clean-up love after.

Earth Day Clean Up Richmond
Unity Park needs you! Beautification, weeding and clean-up projects are all available to help out with. 

Oakland Clean up
Join the community in the 28th annual clean up at creeks, neighborhood sites and parks all throughout Oakland. 

Kelly Sikkema via unsplash

I Heart Oakland-Alameda Garbage Clean Up
Clean up teams choose to work “on land” by foot or “on water” through rented kayaks or SUP so that you get some exercise while cleaning up the waterways and surrounding areas. 

San Leandro Family Earth Day Festival
Casa Peralta is host to this festival with hands-on kids activities and crafts such as a  zero-waste bird feeder craft and  eco-pledge tote decorating, a story time, sidewalk chalk and more. Be sure to bring a  reusable cup for free coffee and have kids bring a toy for the “Buy Nothing” Toy Swap!

Berkeley Waterfront Cleanup
Meet at the Nature Center and spend your Earth Day beautifying the waterfront. 

Earth Day on the Bay
The Marine Science Institute celebrates Earth Day with events on land through a BioBlitz and on water with a discovery boat voyage. 

Coyote Valley Earth Day Celebration
Join Santa Clara Open Space staff and other special guests on a walk, arts and crafts and honey sampling and check out the rest of the week’s Earth Day celebrations.

Earth and Arbor Day Festival
Hands-on activities, food trucks and live music will bring the community together to learn about environmental issues and solutions in this family-friendly festival.

Earth Day Trail Clean Up
Ages 10 and up can join in to give a little love to Guadalupe River Park with beautification projects. 

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April 24

Spring Into Green
After a two year hiatus, Spring into Green is back in Los Gatos! Plant trees, check out the Farmer’s market, live music, family-friendly activities, information booths and a bike safety course will all be back, too! 

Muir Woods Earth Day
Join in habitat restoration and boardwalk care to celebrate Earth Day at Muir Woods.

Earth Day Napa
This year the Earth Day Napa community cleanup features ten different sites so a bring a bucket, gloves and then head to the Napa Earth Day Festival after!

Jarrod L via yelp

At Home
If you’d rather celebrate Earth Day at home (and save gas which is also environmentally friendly!), check out the following options: 

National Park Service Virtual visit 
Pick a park. ANY park. Virtual visits means you can get up close and personal with a national park through digital tours or webcams at any time from anywhere. Where do you want to go? 

City Nature Challenge
The annual City Nature Challenge is set to take place in cities throughout the world in two parts from April 29-May 2 with the picture taking of animals and plants and May 3-8 for identification of what was found. The global event, co-organized by the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County and San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences, calls on current and aspiring community scientists, nature and science fans, and people of all ages and backgrounds to observe and submit pictures of wild plants, animals, and fungi using the free mobile app iNaturalist

Disney X National Geographic 
Three new titles are being released in collaboration by Disney and National Geographic: Disneynature’s Polar Bear, a wildlife nature story about…you guessed it, polar bears; Explorer: The Last Tepui which is National Geographic’s newest “Explorer” series following Alex Honnold from Free Solo to the Amazon jungle and The Biggest Little Farm: The Return, based on an award-winning documentary about a couple who ditch urban Los Angeles life to live on a farm and grow their own food. 

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