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Earth Day 2014

What to do to celebrate Earth Day


Seattleites are generally quite environmentally conscious year-round—banning bags in 2012, lots of green spaces in the city, and a heightened awareness of the natural beauty that surrounds the Puget Sound. But with sights like Mt. Rainier, the Olympics and the Puget Sound all around us, how could we not be environmentally conscious? Earth Day is the perfect day for a little extra awareness, helping plant some trees, joining in other service projects, or at least a jaunt to a park!

Earth Day 2014 falls on April 22, which is a Tuesday so watch for Earth Day events on the previous weekend.

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. Or look into one of the events below.

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.

1. Earth Day Extravaganza

Earth Day Extravaganza is an event designed for families. The Tacoma Nature Center is a great place to take the kids to learn about local flora and fauna anytime, but especially on Earth Day. The Center is also next to the Snake Lake trail so you can enjoy 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.

When: April 19, noon – 4 p.m.
Where: Tacoma Nature Center
How much: Free

2. Earth Day for Schools

Seward Park is the place to be for students and educators on Earth Day. Students will learn a bit about the park and its ecology as well as join in a restoration project. Up to 32 kids with at least 1 adult per 8 students are allowed per group. Time slots go in two-hour chunks, starting at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m.

When: April 22, 8:30 a.m.
Where: Seward Park Environmental and Audubon Center, 5902 Lake Washington Blvd S, Seattle
How much: Free, but registration required

3. Service Project Tree Planting

Alongside Seward Park’s school-centric event above, the general public can also come and help add some more green power to the park by digging holes, planting trees or otherwise helping out. Tools, instructions, snacks and coffee are all provided.

When: April 19, 10 a.m.
Where: Seward Park Environmental and Audubon Center
How much: Free, but registration required

4. Free Days at State Parks

Many of Washington’s state parks will waive their entrance fees on Earth Day, April 22. This includes several parks close to Seattle and Tacoma—Dash Point State Park (Federal Way), Saltwater State Park (Des Moines), Kopachuck State Park (Gig Harbor), Lake Sammamish State Park (Issaquah), Bridle Trails State Park (Kirkland), and others.

When: April 22
Where: State parks throughout the state

5. Past Earth Day Celebrations – and Good Places to Check This Year

  • Seattle Art Museum
  • Seattle Center
  • Pacific Science Center
  • Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
  • Tukwila Community Center

6. Carkeek Park Earth Day

Help clean up and improve Carkeek Park with both short-term and long-term projects. No pre-registration needed and the event is free. This all-ages event is open to anyone, all ages. Volunteers will be on hand to help you join in an Earth Day project or learn how you can get involved with the park in the future.

When: April 26, 2014, 10am – 2pm
Where: Carkeek Park, 950 NW Carkeek Park Road, Seattle


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