Earth Day is an annual day to show our support for the environment, it’s also a great opportunity to have some family fun and teach our kids some of the many ways they can help protect our planet! We have compiled a list of some of our favorite activities happening in and around the Rivertowns in honor of Earth Day!
- Volunteer at a park clean-up!
Pitch in For Parks – each April, the Westchester Parks Foundation and the Westchester Parks Department host Pitch in for Parks, where volunteers paint, rake, prepare and plant flower beds, clear trails and shorelines, restore wildlife habitats and remove invasive vines from trees. Give back to your local park and sign up to help!
The Village of Tarrytown has multiple park cleanup events planned, you can find the details here.
Hastings-on-Hudson is having a village wide cleanup event on Saturday April 24th and Sunday April 25th, find the details here.
2. Leave the car home and go for a walk!
Ditch Your Car, Dobbs Ferry is Saturday, April 24th. A fun celebration with E-Bike demonstrations, skateboarding basics, bike decorating and a Bike Parade for kids!
3. Visit a nature center!
Check out Greenburgh Nature Center’s Earth Week events here.
Teatown nature preserve and environmental education center in Ossining has great hikes and events for the family. Find more information here.
4. Participate in a family run/walk 3K!
The Wildlife Conservation Society Run for the Wild raises awareness of the threats facing wildlife while fundraising to help WCS’s conservation work at the Bronx Zoo and around the world. Find more information here.
5. Have some Earth Day fun at home!
Go on a nature walk in your yard or neighborhood. We love this free printable scavenger hunt – use it to make a fun activity for the whole family!
Work in the garden or do a planting project. See our article here all about planting projects to do with kids!
Do an Earth Day craft project!
Our friends at The Observatory Shop recommend making a Macrame Plant Holder – like the ones in the book The Year of Knots or hand dying fabric, like in the book Hand Dyed.
Have a happy Earth Day – we hope you enjoy these activities and have fun teaching your kids to care for the Earth and protect our environment!