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Earth Day 2021

Photo: Green Snoqualmie Partnership

Connect to the planet with virtual and in-person Earth Day events

Celebrate the planet with a story walk, scavenger hunt or art project.

Earth Day 2021 is Thursday, April 22 (2021), and there are lots of ways your family can observe it, both virtually and in person.

NOTE: Some of the events take place the weekend before Earth Day.

Bellevue Arts Museum

BAM is offering Earth Day “crafts to go” kits for pickup from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 17. (Note the pre-Earth Day date!) Details here.

Green Snoqualmie Earth Day 2021 event

Help remove aggressive blackberries from Jeanne Hansen Community Park on Saturday, April 17. Two shifts: 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Group size is limited and volunteers MUST register in advance.

StoryWalks in 4 Seattle parks

Seattle Public Library and Seattle Parks & Recreation are hosting StoryWalks in four parks Wednesday through Saturday, April 21-24:

  • Herring’s House Park (Tualtwx), 4570 West Marginal Way S.W. A partnership with the Duwamish Longhouse. Book: “We Are Water Protectors,” by Carole Lindstrom and Michaela Goade
  • Genesee Park (Upper Field parking lot), 4316 S. Genesee St. Book: “Harlem Grown,” by Tony Hillery and Jessie Hartland
  • Magnuson Park (Magnuson Frog Pond Park and Ride, lot E-5), 7400 Sand Point Way N.E. Book: “The Storm Whale,” by Benji Davies
  • Northacres Park, 12718 First Ave. N.E. Book: “The Tin Forest,” by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson

Play in the street!

The city of Seattle has resumed its Play Street program and has ideas for a neighborhood Earth Day observance. Apply quickly!

Earth Day South Sound

Earth Day South Sound is emphasizing trees in its Earth Day observance: planting them, caring for them, loving them and sharing stories about them.

Shadow Lake Nature Preserve, Renton

Head to the upland trail system for a family-friendly scavenger hunt to discover facts and clues about the natural world around us. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 24. You must reserve a time slot to participate in groups of up to 6

State parks are free on April 22 for Earth Day 2021.

Also, National Parks Week is April 17-25; here’s where to go in Washington.

Pacific Science Center online

This hands-on Seattle gem remains closed for in-person activities but has a wealth of resources online, many perfect for learning about the world around us. Check out their Earth Day scavenger hunt (aimed at grades 3 through 8) or check out this cool series of Northwest bird videos.

More ideas for Earth Day 2021:

An Earth Day art project to do with kids

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