“Why are we celebrating Earth when it keeps giving us snow?” That was a totally valid point made by my 1st grader, lol! Though, some may want to boycott Earth Day this year thanks to Mother Nature’s wonky weather, we are indebted to our planet. And Earth Day is a wonderful way to remind ourselves and our families that we need to be one with our environment, respect it, and do our best to minimize our carbon footprint so our grandchildren and our children’s grandchildren can enjoy the riches this planet offers. Here is a list of some fun activities going on this weekend to help you celebrate:
9th Annual Community Earth Day Celebration! Over 20 community partners are joining efforts for a fun-filled day!
When: Sunday, April 22 @ 2- 4pm
Where: Montessori School BG 515 Sand Ridge Rd
Admission: FREE FUN FOR ALL AGES
Archery! Take Nature walks! Listen to great Stories! Participate in great Activities! Make an art project! Take home a Live sapling!
In addition to this celebration, a wide variety of events and activities will be taking place all month, check out website for upcoming events!
Literacy in the Park
When: Saturday, April 21, 2018 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: Bowling Green State University – Perry Field House 801 N. Mercer Rd. Bowling Green, OH
Enjoy a snack and literacy-based activities for the entire family. The day will include prizes, crafts and entertaining activities from the community’s top organizations. Each family receives a goodie bag with a free book by award-winning author and illustrator, Don Tate, who will offer two talks.
Party for the Planet at the Toledo Zoo
When: Saturday, April 21, 2018 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Address: 2 Hippo Way, Toledo, OH 43609
Admission: FREE to Members. Adult (12-59) $17.00, Child (2-11) $14.00, Senior (60+) $14.00, & Child under 2 FREE for Lucas County Residents. Non-Lucas County visitors ….Adult (12-59) $19.00, Child (2-11) $16.00, Senior (60+) $16.00, & Child under 2 FREE
Celebrate Mother Earth and learn all about recycling, reusing and conserving our world through educational displays and fun activities. Bring in recyclable goods to make the Earth a little “greener.”
Drop off your recyclable goods between 10am and 4pm in the Zoo’s Anthony Wayne Trail parking lot. Admission/parking charges do not apply to this special recycling project. Below is a list of items that will be accepted along with the organizations that made this possible.
Items can be dropped off in the Zoo’s Anthony Wayne Trail Parking Lot.
As well as dropping off your recyclables, the Zoo is the perfect place to spend a great day with your family! Get tips on how to be more ecofriendly as you talk with people from local “green” organizations. Enjoy special Earth Day activities in Nature’s Neighborhood and watch animal demonstrations (Dive Talks at the Aquarium at 11am and 2pm) all across the zoo. It’s all included free with regular Zoo admission!
Visit 577 Foundation
Where: 577 East Front Street, Perrysburg, OH 43551
BLOG POST WITH MORE INFO: https://momonthegoinholytoledo.com/2016/07/23/the-577-foundation-is-a-must-see/
Phone: Phone: (419) 874-4174
Hours: 9am-5pm Monday-Sunday
Interested in Planting a Garden? In 1989, The 577 Foundation Community Gardens was an idea from Virginia Secor Stranahan. She was a gardener & invited anyone to garden with her, discover organic practices, share their knowledge & “learn to love the land”.
The Community Gardeners are an important part of The 577 Foundation; their gardens have created a pleasant environment for visitors, an education in organic growing & an inspiration to future gardeners. The garden spaces are free!! Click here for more information http://www.577foundation.org/plantagarden.asp
Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth Storytime
When: Saturday April 21, 2018 11:00 AM
Where: At Barnes & Noble Locations
Filled with gentle humor and insight, Oliver Jeffers’ New York Times bestselling Here We Are is a poignant celebration of life on Earth. Join us for Storytime, with activities to follow.
Nature’s Nursery Spring Open House
Where: Blue Creek Metropark 7790 Schadel Road Whitehouse, OH, 43571
When: Sunday April 22nd 1pm-4pm
Join us for our first open house of the year. Meet dozens of our Education Animal Ambassadors, participate in several education programs, tour our facility and enjoy Blue Creek Metropark. This is a free, family and large group friendly event but donations are gladly accepted. Please leave your pets at home.
Family Hike: Spring Wildlife
Where: Swan Creek Metropark Saturday
When: April 21st 1pm-2:30pm
Enjoy an afternoon stroll with the whole family while on a guided nature tour with a park interpreter and experience your favorite Metroparks from a new perspective.
Get to Know Your Trails on Earth Day
Where: Farnsworth Boat Launch Area
When: Sunday April 22nd 1pm-2pm
Celebrate Earth Day and get on the trails with a park naturalist. We will look at the flora and fauna of Northwest Ohio as we explore a new trail each month. This is a great way to experience our beautiful Metroparks and all they have to offer us. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress accordingly to the weather.
Family Center Activities: Celebrate Earth Day!
When: Sunday, April 22, 2018 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Where: Toledo Museum of Art 2445 Monroe St. Toledo, OH
Celebrate Earth Day with the family! Kiddos will enjoy creating art they can take home using recycled materials and found objects! Open to families and children 0-10(ish) While you are there be sure to stop in and see the AWESOME Mummy Exhibit! (Free for members, there is a fee fro non-members)
Know of additional Earth Day celebrations that didn’t make the list? Please share & tag a friend so you can make those weekend plans now!