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Seattle-Tacoma Earth Day 2013

Festivals, park events, and more


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Most citizens of the Seattle area are conscious of the environment year round—it’s hard not to be with such spectacular nature surrounding us day in and day out! Earth Day falls on April 22 this year, but because that’s a Monday, many celebrations are taking place April 20, 2013.

Getting out into nature on this day of all things green is the way to go! By no means do you have to join in an official event either! Plant an extra tree in your yard. Pick up stray garbage when you’re out and about. Clear some leaves or debris away from a storm drain. The options are many and can involve actions big and small. But if you do want to head out, joining in a nature walk or a local festival gets the entire family out into Seattle and Tacoma’s green spaces.

As the time approaches, check back as the list of Seattle-Tacoma Earth Day events grows! Or let me know about other cool Earth Day happenings by sending me an email.

Earth Day Celebration at Seattle Center
The Earth Day Celebration at Seattle Center is the city’s biggest.

Seattle Magazine’s Earth Day 5K
Spend Earth Day doing something good for the environment, and good for yourself, too! The first Earth Day 5K will travel along Seattle’s waterfront, starting at Bell Harbor International Conference Center and going as far as the Olympic Sculpture Park and Elliott Bay bike trail.
When: April 20
Where: Registration and start at Bell Harbor International Conference Center
How much: $25 before January 25; $25 between January 26 and March 30; $40 after March 30

Seattle Magazine Earth Day 5K
Seattle Magazine has partnered with REI and will raise funds for Green Seattle Partnership with this 5K run! Proceeds will help keep the city green! King 5's Jesse Jones will lead the kick-off!
When: April 20, 7:30 a.m. check-in, race at 9:30 a.m.
Where: Starts and finishes at Bell Harbor Pier 66
How much: $50 day-of registration

Earth Day in Newcastle
Activities, live music by the Boeing Employees Concert Band and Hazen High School Jazz Band, plenty of things to do for kids, a guest appearance by Ranger Rick, food, vendors and exhibits create a fair atmosphere.
When: April 20, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Where: Lake Boren Park, 13058 SE 84th Way, Newcastle
How much: Free

Earth Day Extravaganza
Earth Day Extravaganza is an event designed for families to get out and explore nature together. Tacoma Nature Center is adjacent to the Snake Lake trail so you can also go on a moderate hike! If you can’t make it to this event, Tacoma Nature Center hosts Family Nature Walks led by park naturalists twice a month. In April, there is one on April 13 and April 20.
When: April 20, 12 – 4 p.m.
Where: Tacoma Nature Center
How much: Free

Annual Earth Day Dinner Auction
Dinner is prepared by Eat Local and consists of all fresh, sustainably raised foods. After dinner, enjoy a Dessert Dash by several local bakeries. The auction features outdoor experiences up for bid.
When: April 20, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where: North SeaTac Community Center, 13735 24th Avenue S, Seatac
How much: $50

Earth Day Electronics Recycling Event
What better way to observe Earth Day than to help clean up the planet a bit? Total Reclaim and Green Depot are teaming up to collect household electronic waste and recycle it for you free of charge. For dropping off your electronics, you'll also get a discount at Green Depot. Electronics accepted include: computers, laptops, monitors, printers, TVs, DVD players, appliances, cell phones, batteries and flourescent bulbs. When: April 20-21
Where: Total Reclaim and Green Depot are located across from one another in SODO. Total Reclaim is at 2200 6th Avenue S.
How much: Free

Earth Day Clothing Drive for Arc of Washington
The Earth Day Clothing Drive will raise funds for the Arc of Washington, which works with people with developmental or intellectual disabilities. Bring clothing donations and Value Village will pay Arc for the donations. For your donation, you'll get entered into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to Value Village (drawing will be on Monday). There will be a barbecue on Sunday, April 21! When: April 20-22
Where: 6802 W. 19th Street, University Place
How much: Free

Earth Day at the Duwamish Longhouse
From 11 a.m. to noon, there will be a showing of the 1992 video, Cheif Seattle Speaks to Our Times. At 1 p.m. is a presentation titled Native Seattle Prairies. At 2 p.m. is a reception, which includes digital stories and updates about the clean up of the Duwamish River. When:April 20, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center, 4705 W. Marginal Way SW, Seattle
How much: Free

Earth Day Stories at the Duwamish Longhouse
Presented by the Seattle Storytellers Guide, Earth Day Stories brings together a number of storytellers--Northwest Native American elder and storyteller Elaine Grinnell and her grandson Ha?qwenith will share stories handed down through the ages by their Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe. Seattle storyteller and activist John Wasko will also be there. The event will focus on a theme of climate change, as well as reclaiming and recycling. Goodwill donations welcome. When:April 20, 2-4 p.m.
Where: Duwamish Longhouse & Cultural Center, 4705 W. Marginal Way SW, Seattle
How much: Free

2013 Northwest Green Home Tour
Green home tours show off just how innovative green design has gotten. Visit one home or all of them, whether you want to integrate some green features into your own home or just like seeing what’s out there.
When: April 27
Where: Seattle and Eastside locations to be announced.
How much: Free

Other events and places that have held Earth Day events in past years:

  • Earth Day Tacoma 5K
  • Brown Bear Car Wash has donated some proceeds from car washes to environmental groups on previous Earth Days.
  • Marymoor Park
  • Washington Park Arboretum
  • Mountlake Terrace Library
  • Fremont Earth Day Festival at Nectar Lounge
  • Seattle Children’s Museum


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