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Celebrate nature and parks, or help clean and restore a favorite natural spot. This is the Pollinator Garden at Alling Park in Tacoma. (Tacoma Parks photo by Russ Carmack)

Connect to the planet with Earth Day events

Celebrate the planet with a park visit or cleanup, a community event or a hike or paddle.

Earth Day 2022 is Friday, April 22, and there are lots of ways your family can observe it.

NOTE: Some of the events take place the weekend before Earth Day, some the day after.

Revitalize a park

Spend the morning removing invasive species, weeding, and mulching at Washington Park Arboretum.

Pre-registration is required: No walk-ups! Any volunteer under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult (1 adult for every 2 youth). Please register any children attending to ensure that you are matched with a worksite that’s appropriate for youth.

Register for Earth Day

WHEN: Saturday, April 23, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm.

WHERE: Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Drive East, Seattle, WA 98112. Arrive at the Graham Visitors Center Parking Lot.

WEBSITE: Arboretum Foundation Earth Day

Saltwater State Park, Des Moines

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 23. Activities include: Displays of marine life and native plants, plus activities, naturalist-led beach walks and forest hikes. Sponsored by Friends of Saltwater State Park

Divers lay out trash pulled from water at Point Defiance Marina.

Earth Day and Month in Tacoma

In Tacoma, it’s Earth Month, and it has already started.

Tacoma Parks opened a new Nature Play Garden at Point Defiance Park (we checked it out!) and has other events planned, including trash pickups taking place both by people in kayaks and by divers underwater. People can watch from shore and see what they come up with!

The WA Scuba Alliance will lead an underwater trash cleanup on Saturday, April 23, at Point Defiance Marina. A dozen divers will haul fishing debris, plastic trash and more out of the water. In addition, they will use the boat elevator to enable veterans with disabilities to help. This is a partnership with Wounded Warriors.

More Earth Day around Tacoma:

Spring Fling at STAR Center (11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 16) and Eastside Community Center (10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 23), with Earth Day activities and crafts for family fun.

 Earth Day Cleanup Paddle, picking up trash from kayaks on the Foss Waterway. 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 23. $20, registration required.

Earth Day Extravaganza at the Tacoma Nature Center, with all-ages nature fun. 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 23. Free.

Swan Creek Community Celebration at the new area in Swan Creek Park on T St. Music, food, nature walks, tree talks, art, play and a dog park. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Free.

 

Go get dirty!

The conservation group Forterra has cleanup events planned at various locations throughout the month.

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.

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. It has events and activities planned all month long.

Shadow Lake Nature Preserve, Renton

Head to the upland trail system for a kid-friendly event with plenty of fun educational activities, prizes, a native plant sale, and free, pre-packaged snacks and beverages! Space is limited. Hours 1 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23, in 80-minute, reserved time slots.

 

State parks are free on April 22 for Earth Day 2022.

Also, National Parks Week is April 16-24; 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 2022:

An Earth Day art project to do with kids

Interested in zero-waste living? Here’s a local store to try