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Earth Day Celebrations 2015

Posted by: Sarah Graves - March 31, 2015

April 22 marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day

It was first organized in 1970 to promote ecology and respect for life on the planet as well as to encourage awareness of the growing problems of air, water and soil pollution. Some of the ways you can help celebrate Earth Day include planting trees, picking up trash, creating recycling and conservation programs, using recyclable containers for snacks and lunches.   Another way is to take action and have your kids participate in one of the many Earth Day events happening in April.  Check our calendar for even more events in your area.  

Celebrate the Earth and learn more about the animals and plants that live on it by heading to the American Museum of Natural History to check out their latest exhibit open now thru Jan 2016 called Life at the Limits: Stories of Amazing Species.  Over billions of years, living things have evolved from simple cells into an awe-inspiring array of life forms—a spectacle of behaviors, specialized parts, and exacting skills. Some species are familiar. But others are so amazing that they test the limits of our imagination.  Life at the Limits: Stories of Amazing Species explores the diverse and sometimes jaw-dropping strategies animals and plants employ to find food, fend off predators, reproduce, and thrive in habitats many would find inhospitable, even lethal. 

April 11

Help clean up the Hudson River shoreline at Palisades Interstate Park from 12 – 2 pm! Gloves, trash bags, pickup sticks, and snacks will be provided. The rain date is set for the following day, April 12th, at the same time. Please register at http://pipcleanup.eventbrite.com. For more information, please contact Annabelle at (201) 968-0808 or ambassador@hackensackriverkeeper.org.  Ross Dock Picnic Area, Palisades Interstate Park, Henry Hudson Drive, Fort Lee, NJ 07024

Musconetcong Watershed Association's 23rd Annual Spring Clean-Up9 am to 12 pm - Each year citizens and kids from environmental clubs to help pull tons of trash from local roadsides and stream banks. Head to the MWA River Resource Center (10 Maple Ave., Asbury) when you're done with your clean up. Lunch is on them! Relax and share stories as they serve you hot dogs, chips, water, soda, and more.   All along the Musconetcong River (Lake Hopatcong to the Delaware) Lunch afterwards will be at The River Resource Center 10 Maple Ave. Asbury, NJ 08802

Go Green With Hope, Green Fair Sustainable Spring Clean-Out! 10am to 1pm E-Waste Collection, Paper Shredding, free-cycle/swap-market, eco-art display, information tables, buy local discounts and offers, pet supplies collection, textiles collection and more! This event is FREE and open to the public. Hope Township Municipal Building, 407 County Road 611, POB 284, Hope, NJ 07844

April 17

Join the Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation as they celebrate the one, the only, Planet Earth!  This year, the Earth Day Celebration will span four days with each day dedicated to one of the four elements: fire, water, air, and earth.  On the day of Fire, there will be a round robin of three stations; participants will meet in the parking lot where a Parks staff will assign them to their starting station.  Try your hand at shooting arrows, after a short safety and how-to talk with members of the 4H shooting club, the Dead Eyes!  Gather around the fire for some storytelling, a Native American talking stick craft, and a campfire snack on the upper field.  Join our affiliated group, the Hunterdon Flutterwheels Square Dance Club, to watch some square dancing demonstrations and try it yourself!  Location: Echo Hill Park Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (Please arrive by 6:15 PM) Ages: all Cost: free! PRE REGISTRATION IS NECESSARY… Participants will need to enroll for each day they plan to attend.  To enroll, call their office at (908) 782-1158 (no registration form necessary).

April 18

The Woodbridge Environmental Commission Earth Day Fair is scheduled for Saturday, April 18th at the Woodbridge Community Center from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM featuring: Arbor Day Tree Planting, House Plants, Tree Seedlings, Free Give-aways, Green/Eco-friendly Vendors & Organizations. For info email wbenvironmentalcommission@gmail.com  Woodbridge Community Center, 600 Main Street, Woodbridge, NJ

Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation: Paddle a canoe on the Echo Hill Pond led by members of our affiliate, the Hunterdon County Canoe Club.  Pick the brains of Hunterdon Parks’ canoe staff while learning more about the sport and water safety.  If that is not to your interest, come play in the creek and look for critters during a stream study led by folks from the New Jersey Water Authority.  Be prepared to get wet for either option!  Make a rain stick and/or rain gauge but hope we don’t have rain that day.   Time: 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM Location: Echo Hill Park Ages: all Cost: free! PRE REGISTRATION IS NECESSARY… Participants will need to enroll call their office at (908) 782-1158 (no registration form necessary).

Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival & Family Day - 11am - 3pm Visit the recently renovated and landscaped concert grove to enjoy an afternoon outdoors with your family. Test out your hula hooping, work out in our paddle boats, construct a craft, get your face painted, our grab food from one of many food vendors.  Other family activities include a fishing derby that runs from 12:00 to 2pm with the award ceremony at 2:30pm. The main stage entertainment will be the Chris Clark BMX Stunt Show at 11:30am and 1:30pm. Location: Essex County Branch Brook Park, Concert Grove, Southern Division, Park Street Entrance, Newark Cost: Free

Celebrate Earth Day by learning how to "Create Your Own Pollinators Garden" from 10 – 11:30 AM. You can help our declining pollinators by creating a pollinators garden. They'll give you know-how, resources, and materials to get you started on creating your own beautiful garden that both you and the pollinators will enjoy.  Free but must pre-register at  www.jcnerr.org Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, 130 Great Bay Blvd. Tuckerton, NJ 08087

Earth Day Wildflower Ramble 1:00- 2:30 pm - Enjoy a leisurely trail walk led by a Tenafly Nature Center Environmental Educator. Search for early ephemeral wildflowers such as Trout Lily and Common Violets, the NJ state flower, and learn about pollination adaptations. Participants are encouraged to bring a wildflower field guides and cameras. Children must be accompanied by an adult. In case of inclement weather, the program will be cancelled.  Members FREE/Non-members $5 Adults and families with children 9 and up 313 Hudson Avenue/Tenafly Nature Center

Earth Day Cleanup -8:30 am to 12:30 pm - Help clean up the environment and learn how Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge protects, conserves and enhances habitat for fish and wildlife. Rain or Shine. Registration required. This cleanup is co-sponsored by Galloway Township Clean Communities program.  Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, 800 E. Great Creek Road, Galloway, NJwww.fws.gov/refuge/edwin_b_forsythe

Earth Day Celebration in Downtown Jim Thorpe, PA.  Lots of events and activities including live music, kids crafts, rock climbing, river clean-up, book readings, and more.   Head to http://jimthorpeearthday.com for a full list of events.   (Raindate April 19)

April 19

Earth Day NYC in Union Square - 12-7 pm

Representatives from environmental campaigns and non-profits, local business with green initiatives, green travel exhibition, kid’s activities and entertainment, and live music. 

Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation: Join us for a day with air and things that fly.  Mercer County Wildlife Center will conduct a presentation with live birds.  HART will do a presentation on Sustainable Transportation.  HART is dedicated to promoting sustainable transportation in Hunterdon County by working with commuters, employers, and communities.  Get up close and cozy with some live bees presented by the New Jersey Beekeepers Association and experience a honey hive and learn about Bees For Gardening!  Make a wind sock craft project and more. Time: 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM Location: Echo Hill Park Ages: all Cost: free! PRE REGISTRATION IS NECESSARY… Participants will need to enroll call their office at (908) 782-1158 (no registration form necessary).

Essex County Cherry Blossom Bloom Festival - 11am - 5pm Enjoy a family day in New Jersey’s pinkest park! A packed schedule of events includes Japanese cultural demonstrations, children's activities, live music, a crafter's marketplace, food, and more.  Location: Essex County Branch Brook Park, Cherry Blossom Visitor’s Center, Mill Street Entrance, Belleville Cost: FREE!

Earth Day Festivities/ Green and Yellow Day in Ridgewood, New Jersey 11 AM to 3 PM- Art show; Daffy Dog Parade: Program featuring our Village leadership talking about sustainability; environmentally friendly exhibits; children's activities; Music; food Memorial Park at Van Neste Square -- Center of Town

Bergen County Zoo 8th annual Earth Day Celebration- Party for the Planet 10 AM to 4 PM Visit exhibitors throughout the zoo or attend a special program in the Education Center to discover ways to connect to your local environment this Earth Day. Learn about eco-friendly products, programs, and services available in our area. The Party for the Planet event is completely free and open to all zoo visitors - so bring your friends along! All children will receive a Party for the Planet “passport.” Get the passport stamped by the exhibitors and receive a small prize from the zoo! Bergen County Zoo, 216 Forest Avenue, Paramus, NJ

April 22

Hunterdon County Division of Parks and Recreation: The Hunterdon Hiking Club, one of our affiliated organizations, will be presenting a program focused on the book Last Child in the Woods.  This program will describe what fun, beautiful, and awesome miracles our great planet offers.  You can join our Park Naturalist and hiking club members for a short hike around Echo Hill.  A thermometer craft will be offered (adult participation necessary).  And don’t miss the conclusion with a live reptiles presentation from Rizzo’s Reptiles. Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (Please arrive by 6:15 PM) Location: Echo Hill Park Ages: all Cost: free! PRE REGISTRATION IS NECESSARY… Participants will need to enroll call their office at (908) 782-1158 (no registration form necessary).

April 25

Super Heroes for Earth at Jenkinson’s Aquarium – 1- 4 pm Super Heroes are everywhere, and you can be a super hero for Mother Earth! Learn some simple actions you can take every day to be her hero. Receive $1.00 off admission if you dress in full costume as your favorite super hero and celebrate Earth Day with us! All ages. Included with admission

Hudson County Earth Day 2015 5K Run/Walk & Fair at Liberty State Park – Rain or Shine The Hudson County Improvement Authority's (HCIA) Annual Earth Day celebration will kick off at 10 am in the South Field adjacent to the Ferry Parking Lot at Liberty State Park on Saturday, April 25, with a 5K Run and the 5K Walk for Liberty sponsored by the Friends of Liberty State Park. With magnificent views of the New York City skyline, this day-long event provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about the environment and create a memorable experience for your family.  Adults will be able to register for the Race/Walk on Saturday, April 25, at Liberty State Park from 7:30 to 9:30 am. Race registrants will receive tee-shirts and a chance to earn trophies and medals. The cost of the race is $21 if registration is postmarked by 4/19/14 and $25 on race day.  Following the 5K Run/Walk, there will be plenty of family-friendly activities to be found. From 11 am to 4 pm, a "Kids' Kingdom" area will include environment-themed displays, information on services available throughout 'Our Hudson Home', tree seedlings (compliments of the NJDEP's Division of Parks and Forestry). In addition, there will be many other giveaways and interactive entertainment, such as inflatable rides, arts and crafts activities, kite-flying and contests. There will be entertainment on stage throughout the day as well as strolling entertainers who will mix and mingle with the crowds.

Celebrate Earth Day at the Essex County Environmental Center – 11-4 pm Celebrate spring with nature crafts, woodland walks, canoeing, kayaking, beekeeping, green vendors, and information tables. Free event: 621 Eagle Rock Ave, Roseland

Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival – 10am-2pm Sustainable Cherry Hill hosts a festival the Saturday after Earth Day (rain or shine) to celebrate the great outdoors featuring environmental nonprofit vendors, green and healthy food trucks and live entertainment.  Don’t miss the family bike rides, with 2 mile and 9 mile trail options. Croft Farm, Cherry Hill (sustainablecherryhill.org)

April 26

Come join NJ Kids Online at the 2015 Edison Earth Day Celebration from 9 AM to 3 PM.  The outdoor, day-event will be staged at Papaianni Park, located at 100 Municipal Boulevard, Edison, NJ 08817(Rain Date: May 3, 2015).  Event activities shall include: Volunteer Plantings, Site Cleaning, Organic Debris Consolidation and many other Green/Sustainable Actions; On-Site Air/Soil/Water Environmental Testing; Central Jersey Bicycle Association (CJBA) Bike Ride.  Food will be available to purchase on-site.

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Posted by: Sarah Graves| March 31, 2015
Categories:  Fun Things To Do
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