- Mary Buck
How can you help the Earth? There are lots of ways to get involved in conservation whether you're a kid, teen, or adult. Check out the local activities, Web sites and library materials listed below for some great ideas.
Join a Club
The Virginia Cooperative Extension Agency sponsors 4-H clubs. If you are between the ages of 5 and 18, you can learn about plant and soil sciences, the environment and natural resources as well as animal sciences from great teachers. There are 4-H clubs in Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Westmoreland counties. These have hands-on activities that strongly encourage leadership development. 4-H projects are fun and can be competitive.
Become a Friend of the River
Consider volunteering with the Friends of the Rappahannock. From planting trees to designing and painting rain barrels, they have many volunteer opportunities.
Fun Things to Do to Celebrate Earth Day:
Potomac Watershed Cleanup
Saturday, April 14, 2018, Annual Cleanup Day. Throughout April, families can help remove trash from one of the many sites along the Potomac River in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Contact the Alice Ferguson Foundation for more information.
United States Botanic Garden
Friday, April 20, 2018, 10:00-2:00. Location: National Garden (Rain Location: Conservatory Garden Court)
FREE: No pre-registration required. "Join us as the U.S. Botanic Garden celebrates Earth Day! Come enjoy engaging hands-on activities and meet with representatives of environmental organizations from throughout the region. Drop by and learn all the ways that you can make the planet a healthier place and become a more active steward of the plants that support life on earth."
Earth Day Celebration on the Rappahannock
Saturday, April 21, 2018, 11:00-4:00. This FREE festival at Old Mill Park on Fredericksburg's riverfront will have dozens of environmental exhibitors, live music, great food, birds of prey, hands-on activities, and so much more for the entire family! Sponsored by Fredericksburg Parks & Recreation. To get to the festival, walk the Canal Path Heritage Trail or ride the free shuttle to Old Mill Park. To get involved, visit www.fredparksrec.com or contact Linda Bailey, 540-372-1086 ext. 213. Raindate: April 28, 2018
Earth Optimism Day at the National Zoo
Saturday, April 21, 2018, 10:00-2:00. "Spend Earth Day celebrating conservation success stories at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. This family-friendly event features fun activities and interactive demonstrations, including a conservation scavenger hunt! "
Good Stuff at the Library
The next time you visit the library, check out some books for more ideas on how to help the environment:
Earth Day Fun on the Web
Visit these websites for environmental facts, games, and more:
Environmental Protection Agency
Visit the Students K-12 area for homework or science fair help, games to play, and student blog postings to read.
National Geographic Kids: Dare to Explore!
Through games, videos, and other fun stuff, learn about different animals and countries, science, nature, geography, and much more!
Learn how to reduce waste, use less energy, and save money by doing simple things at home, at work, and in your neighborhood.