Celebrate Earth Day at a Park!

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Earth Day and parks go hand-in-hand… what better way to celebrate Earth Day than at a San Diego Park? Here are some ideas for celebrating Earth Day in 2022:

1. Pick up trash at your park

Bring a bag and collect all the trash you can find, while being careful with sharp or dangerous items. 

2. Plan a waste-free picnic

Pack a meal that generates zero waste and head to your favorite picnic spot. Don’t forget your reusable water bottle!

3. Thank a Park Ranger

If you don’t see one, write a note or draw a picture to let them know you appreciate them! 

4. Volunteer at a park

Here are some great options for volunteering in San Diego-area parks: 

5. Read a book

Learn about conservation or animals. I recently found “The Tree Lady” which is about how Kate O. Sessions brought trees to San Diego! This beautiful book is perfect for Earth Day in San Diego 🙂 

From the publisher:

Unearth the true story of green-thumbed pioneer and activist Kate Sessions, who helped San Diego grow from a dry desert town into a lush, leafy city known for its gorgeous parks and gardens.

It is important to note, as The San Diego Natural History Museum did, that some of the plants Kate Sessions introduced are invasive and that introducing non-native species can have negative effects on local wildlife. Still, they said “her work helped drive interest in horticulture and botany, saved species nearly extinct in their native areas, and provided a foundation for our current appreciation of San Diego flora.”

6. Walk or bike to a park

Don’t drive to the park, walk or bike instead!

7. Leave No Trace

Learn the 7 principles of “Leave No Trace” and practice them whenever you visit nature.

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Earth Day 2022 Events

San Diego Family has a nice round up of Earth Day Events in San Diego here!

The City of San Diego has events all weekend long – you can read about them here!

County of San Diego Parks has fun events, you can read more about them here!

Balboa Park Earth Fair
Sunday, April 24, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

There is lots to do at this EarthWorks Event at Balboa Park! San Diego Parks & Recreation Department is joining what San Diego EarthWorks claims is the largest, free environmental fair in the world! The ranger crew from Stelzer County Park will be hosting a Build-A-Bug Activity in the fair’s Children’s Area. This fun, interactive game is part of a much larger initiative called the Discovery Program which provides park education and experiences to kids in grades K through 6. Topics include Insects, Birds, Geology, Astronomy, Trees and Forest Ecology, Plants and Photosynthesis, and how Native American people thrived in San Diego’s natural environment.

4/22 – Family Picnic Day
April 22 is not just Earth Day – it’s also Family Picnic Day! And we’ve planned a lawn party from 2 to 6 p.m. for all ages to enjoy. We’re bringing a bounce house, face-painters and arts and crafts to Lindo Lake… You bring your family and your favorite picnic dishes. Activities kick off after the morning’s Creek to Bay cleanup event (see below). For more information, call 619-443-1666.

4/22 – Earth Day Back Trails Hike
Join Ranger Bill on an April 22 Earth Day hike through the Santa Ysabel East Preserve. Participants will visit the future site of the new nature center before heading up the hill to the old toll road for incredible valley views. This is a moderate, 6-mile hike that meets at the Highway 79 staging area. Start time is 9 a.m. Participants should wear sturdy shoes, dress in layers and bring plenty of water and sun protection. For more information, call 760-765-4098.

4/22 – Creek to Bay Cleanup
Last year, a record 6,400 volunteers took action to protect waterways and nearby habitats by participating in 110 cleanup events across San Diego – successfully removing 150,000 pounds of litter. The stage is set for an even bigger turnout this year… will you join us? We’ll be at the locations below on April 22. For more information, visit creektobay.org. You will be prompted to create a free account in order to view individual opportunities.

  • Live Oak County Park
  • Lindo Lake County Park
  • Los Peñasquitos
  • Flinn Springs County Park
  • Sweetwater Regional Park
  • Otay Lakes County Park
  • Tijuana River Valley Community Garden

Get Ready for Fun!

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