Our planet is truly a magnificent place. From its majestic mountaintops both above ground and underwater to the lush green forests, our earth is an incredibly complex ecosystem. This is why it needs protection.
After nearly five decades of conservation efforts and volunteer work, Earth Day is a day to celebrate Mother Earth and to help keep these unique traits of our planet thriving. Earth Day, celebrated on April 22, mobilizes over one billion people worldwide to act.
But there are lots of things you can do to protect our earth at the local level and show your support. Celebrate our planet with volunteer work and Earth Day-themed events!
Earth Day Cleanup in Cherry Hill Park
Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m.-Noon
Cherry Hill Park, 400 Reedbird Ave., Baltimore, MD
Join the “Tree Team” for a morning of tree maintenance in Cherry Hill Park. Over 500 trees have been planted since 2012, and the goal of this event is to make sure these trees are keeping in good shape. Volunteers will help mulch all of the trees onsite. First timers, students groups and families are welcome. Snacks, gloves, tools and training will be provided! Register at bluewaterbaltimore.org.
Earth Day Service Day for Students
Saturday, April 21, 9-11:30 a.m.
Patterson Park Audubon Center, 2901 E. Baltimore St., Baltimore, MD
In support of Earth Day, students can earn service-learning hours by collecting urban bird data at Patterson Park. With help from a bird expert, volunteers will collect data, share findings with the greater scientific community, and learn how this work is important to the Baltimore community. Free lunch will be provided. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
Earth Day Cleanup at Lake Roland
Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m.-Noon
Lake Roland, 1000 Lakeside Dr., Baltimore, MD
Make a contribution on Earth Day by helping restore the park at Lake Roland! Join a team of rangers and other volunteers to remove invasive plants, pick up trash, plant some native plants and work on trails. All ages are welcome. To register, please email email@example.com.
SCA Earth Day
Saturday, April 14, 9 a.m.-Noon
Herring Run Park, 3501 Shannon Dr., Baltimore, MD
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is celebrating 60 years of SCA by hosting a 60 Projects for Earth Day event. Support the organization and our planet by volunteering to help preserve Herring Run Park. Participate in a stream cleanup, invasive species removal and a planting project. Register at eventbrite.com.
Earth Day Fundraiser: Hangout and Potluck at Hidden Harvest
Sunday, April 22, 2-6 p.m.
Hidden Harvest Farm, 1825 Calvert St., Baltimore, MD
Swing by the farm to see what’s new – from fresh beehives to a spring-ready garden. Relax, eat great food, socialize and listen to live acoustic performances from Free Bird Society, Middle Kid and Leena Rhodes of the Little Things and more! A sliding scale donation of $5 to $20 will give you access to the potluck and help Hidden Harvest out with this season’s operating costs. Feel free to bring something to contribute to the potluck, or just hang out! Visit hiddenharvest.org for more information.
Earth Day Play Date
Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m.-Noon
Waldorf School of Baltimore, 4801 Tamarind Rd., Baltimore, MD
$5, tickets at eventbrite.com
Grab the kids and head out to The Waldorf School of Baltimore for an Earth Day-themed play date. Spend time in the children’s garden and enjoy live music, hula hooping, gardening activities, crafts, snacks, face painting and more. In addition, learn about beekeeping and farming from One Straw Farm.
Earth Day Family Yoga
Sunday, April 22, 3-3:45 p.m.
Lift Yoga + Strength, 202 E. Madison St., Baltimore, MD
$10 – $25, Tickets available at liftyogaandstrength.com
Celebrate Earth Day with a special yoga adventure. This family class will focus on Mother Earth-inspired partner poses, including tree and bird acro poses. The goal of partner yoga is to teach the concept of teamwork, trust and communication. Open to parents and kids ages 5-10. All levels and abilities are welcome.
Earth Day Sale, Food & Fun with Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Friday-Sunday, April 20-22, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Dundalk: 505 Kane St., Baltimore, MD
Enjoy a weekend full of festivities, discounts, giveaways, food and fun with Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake ReStore. Get 20% off all items, and snag a free tote bag with any purchase. There will be gift card giveaways and DIY demonstrations on repurposing throughout the weekend. Plus, a big cookout will take place on Saturday, April 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.