Earth Day is this Sunday, April 22 — but truly, shouldn't every day be Earth Day? In the spirit of celebrating Mother Earth every day, we've rounded up events that are happening all week long — not just on Sunday. This is a time to get out and support building a healthy environment by getting involved in projects across the city at local parks, forests and more. Activities range from nature walks and cleanup to exploring nature and more.
Pitch in and help celebrate our beautiful planet as a family.
Wednesday, April 18
For the youngest bird and nature fan out there this storytime gives kids ages 2-5 a chance to hear stories about birds and nature, do fun crafts, explore the outdoors and have fun. 10:30 – 11:15 am, $2 per child. Seattle Audubon Nature Shop, 8050 35th Ave NE, Seattle.
Thursday, April 19
Usher in spring at Northacres Park with some maintenance weeding and mulching that will give new plantings the best chance of survival. All ages welcome. Coffee, tea and other goodies will be provided. 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, Northacres Park, 12718 1st Ave NE., Seattle.
The Nature Consortium hosts this volunteer event where you and the family can participate in fun, hands-on conservation work like removing invasive plants, planting native species, mulching new plantings and more. Work parties are often accompanied by live musicians, making it a festive atmosphere. 10 am – 2 pm, 21st Ave. SW and SW Myrtle St., Seattle.
Friday, April 20
Even the littlest ones can learn about the importance of protecting our planet. Roos World and Discover and Kiddo Local are teaming up to bring preschoolers and toddlers a nature-focused storytime followed by a fun art activity. Tickets available here, $18. 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, Roos World of Discovery, 108 Central Way, Kirkland.
Join EarthCorps and the Green Seattle Partnership for some restoration work at Discovery Park involving removing aggressive weeds, spreading mulch and much more. EarthCorps will supply gloves, tools, water and snack bars, and teach you everything you need to know about tool use, safety, forest health and the importance of the work you will be doing. 10 am – 2 pm, Discovery Park, 3801 Discovery Park Blvd., Seattle.
April is the month for Seattle Storytellers Guild’s Annual Earth Day Storytelling program. Older kids may enjoy this chance to hear two storytellers talk about how we all share this planet, despite our many differences. Eva Abram grew up collecting rainwater for household use, which taught her that water is essential for life. Billie Barnes tells tales of traveling by oceangoing canoe across the Salish Sea and coastal Pacific, racing dragon boats in China and other journeys. 7:30 – 9:30 pm, FREE, Haller Lake Community Club, 12579 Densmore Ave. N, Seattle.
Saturday, April 21
Nature Vision is hosting an hourlong casual exploration of the trails at Tolt-MacDonald Park. Led by a Nature Vision educator, participants will make frequent stops to learn about the diverse plants and animals that depend on the park’s healthy ecosystem. Event is limited to 30 participants, so get there early. Free. 11 am – 12 pm, Tolt River-John MacDonald Park, 31020 NE 40th St., Carnation.
Located at various sites throughout West Seattle, this family-friendly celebration aims to restore native habitat along the Green-Duwamish River and in its forests. The opening ceremony will happen at Pigeon Point Park (4418 21st Ave SW, Seattle). After helping to create healthy habitat for wildlife, celebrate with the National Wildlife Federation’s Wildlife Festival at Discovery Park from 1-5 pm, with kids activities, wildlife hikes, bird watching, arts and crafts, free Ranger Rick magazines, and more! 10 am – 2 pm, various locations.
Join Seattle Parks and Recreation and the National Wildlife Federation for kids’ activities, wildlife hikes, bird watching, arts and crafts, and more. Most groups will be located at the Environmental Learning Center (ELC) at the East Parking lot. A few groups will be on the beach. A free shuttle bus will loop between the ELC, the North Parking lot and the beach. The North Parking lot will have the most parking spots available. 1-5 pm, FREE, Discovery Park, 3801 Discovery Park Blvd, Seattle.
Get some exercise and feel good about supporting the environment at the same time. Each finisher at this Magnuson Park race will receive a native sapling tree and an additional tree will be planted in their name. They will also be recycling old running shoes, so bring an old pair to donate to Africa via the More Foundation Group. There will be a 400-meter kids dash and a post-race tree planting. 10 am – 1 pm, pre-register. Day-of registration will also be available for an additional fee. Magnuson Park, 7400 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle.
This free family event at the Tacoma Nature Center celebrates the earth with games and activities like building birdhouses, migration crafts, story walks and more. Drop in any time during the event to learn about Mother Earth and keeping her healthy. Recommended for ages 4 and up. Noon-4 pm. FREE. Tacoma Nature Center, 1919 S. Tyler St., Tacoma.
This event will include volunteer projects, a tree-planting ceremony, and a family festival. Held at the Lewis Creek Park Visitor’s Center, Arbor Day activities will include ranger walks, eco-demonstrations and more. Kids can grab an Arbor Day-Earth Day Passport from a ranger and journey through various eco-stations, where they can get their passports stamped. Completed passports will be entered into a prize-drawing. 9 am – 1:30 pm, FREE, Lewis Creek Park, 5808 Lakemont Blvd SE, Bellevue.
Join KidsQuest Children’s Museum for Earth Day weekend in the Recycle Rebuild room. Families can use scrap wood and other recycled materials to help make items for Zazu’s House Parrot Sanctuary in Woodinville. Ages 4-10, 1-3 pm, free with admission. KidsQuest Children’s Museum, 1116 108th Ave NE, Bellevue.
Sunday, April 22
Help re-forest a section of Seward Park in honor of Earth Day. Volunteers are needed for weeding and mulching the planting site. Pre-registration is required, all ages welcome. 10 am – noon. Seward Park, Seattle.
Celebrate Earth Day by making Volunteer Park beautiful for everyone. Work will involve weeding beds, cleaning grounds, improving gravel paths and mulching. Coffee and donuts available. All ages are welcome. 10 am – 2 pm, Volunteer Park, Seattle.
Celebrate the earth by making a difference in the health of Puget Sound. Head to Discovery Park and help clean up the beach. All ages are welcome. All needed supplies and safety instructions provided. Meet at the Environmental Learning Center. 2-4 pm. $5 donation. Discovery Park, Seattle.