While every day should be Earth Day, April 22 has become the specific date dedicated to recognizing our environment and what we can do to preserve and protect it. Celebrating Earth Day is always a good idea, but celebrating Earth Day in Entrada and St. George, Utah, guarantees an amazing time!

🌎 What is Earth Day?

Earth Day is a day dedicated to learning, conserving, and bettering our world. Many cities world-wide take time to celebrate this important day by demonstrating support for efforts to protect and sustain our environment. Some localities celebrate Earth Week, expanding the efforts and learning opportunities from one day to a whole week! Environmental reform has been a focus since Earth Day was first recognized in 1970. The Paris Climate Accord was signed on Earth Day in 2016.

📅 What Day is Earth Day?

Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22. This year, it lands on a Sunday, which makes it a perfect weekend for conservation efforts, learning about the campaign to end plastic pollution, and how people are building sustainable communities!

🎆 Local Earth Day Activities

Something fun to do, regardless of where you’re located, is the St. George Earth Day 5K & 10K! While the event is based in St. George, Utah, the race is actually a virtual race! Sign up to run anytime in the month of April, and you’ll receive a gorgeous race medal and part of the proceeds will be donated to Wild Earth Allies.

Zion Canyon is hosting their 14th annual Zion Canyon Earth Day on Saturday, April 21, from 1:00pm – 7:00pm. There will be lots of fun activities as well as opportunities to learn about what you can do in your community to further the efforts of environmental conservation. If the 2018 celebration is anything like the 2017 celebration, you can expect to hear some great music, visit the sustainability-focused vendors, and see demonstrations of products that use alternative sources of energy.

If you are looking for something to do indoors that will show your support for Earth Day and our environment, consider visiting the current exhibits at the St. George Art Museum. The current exhibits, The Art of Recycling (Metal & Plastic) will be on display through April 28.

🌐 Earth Day Projects

Whether you are looking for crafty projects to do with children, or a community clean up event, a quick internet search will yield many options. PBSparents offers instructions on making a butterfly feeder, recycled desk organizers, milk carton garden homes, and so much more! The Green Education Fund has a list for the Top 10 Earth Day Activities. These can be done at any age but are specifically geared toward middle- and high-school aged children.

If you live in a neighborhood, gather everyone together and organize a street clean up! Spend an hour planting flowers, trees, or grass before heading over to enjoy the festivities at the Zion Canyon Earth Day Celebration. One of the easiest ways to join the preservation effort is to start a compost bin at your home. Construction is simple, maintenance is even easier, and in the spring, you have the perfect soil to start growing your own vegetables!

💡 Earth Day Tips

Earth Day is something that can be celebrated and honored by all ages. From reading books like “The Lorax” to 5-year-olds, to teaching your high schooler how to start a compost pile, to converting some aspects of your home to using alternative sources, everyone can contribute to environmental reform. If you want to do more, organize efforts to plant trees and clean up areas that are high in traffic, encourage people to recycle and learn more about how they personally influence the environment and what they can do to make changes, or run for office and affect change through government action.

A fun and simple way to get the whole family involved can be starting a new family tradition. Instead of going out to dinner for a spring birthday, pack a picnic lunch and go plant a tree! Check with your local municipality about parks that you may be able to do this in, but if you aren’t near any, your backyard is a great place to start. Find an acorn in the yard, and plant that! It’s the perfect example of a life cycle and gives the kids an opportunity to dig in the dirt. There are so many ways for a single person to take steps, small and large, to help preserve our planet.

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