5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day
By Dianely Luis, Arlington Parks & Recreation
Posted on April 20, 2020, April 20, 2020

crayon sketch of earth as a heart on brown paper

This Wednesday, April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, which means now is the time to go green. How will you celebrate this year’s Earth Day? If you need some inspiration on how you can honor Earth Day from home, here are 5 ways you can get the whole family involved to celebrate together.

  1. Venture into the backyard for some Naturally Fun activities! A great way to grow your appreciation for our planet is to spend time in the great outdoors. If you need some activities to excite your little ones about being outside, we have a plethora of nature activities to choose from in our Virtual Resource Center.
  2. Make yummy Earth Day Dirt Cups! A delicious and crafty way to celebrate is by making this dessert with your family! Follow the pudding package directions, pour it in your cups, and leave it to set. In the mean time, get the kiddos to help by crushing cookies for the “dirt”. Once your pudding is set and the cookies are crushed, sprinkle the cookies over the pudding cups and add in gummy worms. Yum!

oreo & gummy bears earth cup snack

Materials:
- 2 cups milk

- 1 small box of instant chocolate pudding

- 1 package Oreos

- Gummy Worms

- Cups (preferable see-through)

Pro tip: If you have chilled cool whip or whipping cream to make your own, add it to your pudding for a fluffier texture.

  1. Try going one day without throwing anything away! Compost all your food garbage and recycle your papers and plastics. Since most everyone is staying home, going zero waste for just one day should be a bit easier than usual. You can try small changes like eating leftovers you have in the fridge instead of ordering in. If this turns out to be too great of a challenge, then use this Earth Day to make you and your family more aware of the waste you create. Use a clear container (a water jug works well!) where everyone must put their trash so they can observe how much waste is created at the end of the day. You can also give each of your family member their own container instead so they can become aware of their personal impact to the planet. Even small changes and becoming more mindful can go a long way in saving the earth.
  2. Enjoy a night of camping from the comfort of your own backyard! There is no better way to grow your appreciation for our planet than to spend time experiencing the wonders of nature. Fire up the grill for a fun family dinner outdoors and set up camp to revel in the marvels of planet earth. Be ready for a magical night because the Lyrids Meteor Shower is happening this week, so it is the perfect time for a night outdoors to enjoy star gazing.
  3. Reduce, reuse, recycle! Show your children the importance of conservation by teaching them the 3 R’s and how to incorporate them into their everyday life. You can spend an afternoon learning what types materials are recyclable, how to reduce your use of natural resources, and exploring the different ways you can reuse things. Try upcycling old containers into something new and exciting, like making a cute pencil holder out of an old candle jar. If you have a cereal box laying around, try this simple project for an engaging Color Hunt! There are endless ways you can help our planet with the 3 R’s, so get creative and tag us to share your earth DIY projects with #NaturallyFun

The ultimate way to celebrate is by committing to appreciate our planet 365 days a year. Spend some time outdoors with the family and take in the natural beauty our earth provides us with. Staying aware of how beautiful and important our environment is will encourage us to always protect and preserve it!

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