Earth Day is this weekend—what’s on agenda for your family? The Seacoast has tons to offer in the way of activities, events, shows, fundraisers and more. Go green!
Public Stargazing Session, UNH Observatory
While it’s not specifically an Earth Day event, this sounds like a great way to learn about the Earth and our spacey neighbors! On Saturday, April 20 from 9pm-11pm, UNH Observatory offers a Free Public Stargazing Session (these are held every first and third Saturday of every month throughout the year). Take a gander at the evening’s sky through the powerful telescopes of the university’s Observatory. Makes a great family outing if you’re willing to let the kids stay up late. Free! For more info, visit physics.unh.edu or visit the UNH Observatory page on Facebook.
Want to get outside? You could volunteer for a beach clean-up in the area—this is a great activity for the entire family and a wonderful lesson for kids about keeping their community clean and beautiful. The Surfrider Foundation is having their next organized clean-up at Jenness Beach in Rye on Thursday, April 18 from 9am-11am. Get more information by going to their Facebook page. No sign-up required.
Another local organization, Blue Ocean Society is hosting a clean-up on Saturday, April 20, 11am at the Seacoast Science Center/Odiorne Point following the Rescue Run 5K & Kids’ Fun Run (another great Earth Day event!). Please register for the beach clean-up by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 603-431-0260. Don’t forget to bring a pair of work gloves!
Earth Day Kids’ Club, Churchill’s
Join us as we celebrate Earth Day! We’ll have some fun demonstrations and activity stations including a growing grass caterpillar made from egg cartons and an Earth moss ball made from moss and string! We’ll also have adorable fluffy baby chicks and a worm compost bucket to observe Red Wiggler Worms! Cost is $10 per child. Recommended for children ages 3-13. Please reserve your spot online. Visit churchillsgardens.com for more info.
Green Thumb Fun, The Children’s Museum of NH
On Wednesday, April 24 from 12:30pm-1:30pm, bring your green thumb to this Adult/Child workshop all about plants! Design and decoupage a flower-pot to take home – plant seedlings and make special seed markers to place in your garden. These workshops are $10 per adult/child pair for Members, $15 per adult/child pair for Non-members, and $5 per additional child. Due to space restrictions, no extra adults please. Recommended for ages 5+. Admission is not included in the price of these workshops. Pre-registration is required.
Ready to put some of the Three R’s to use in your own home? Get all the info you need with eco-friendly articles, tips on the Three R’s and valuable energy-saving how-to’s by visiting Earth911.com. Have some weird stuff to get rid of? To find a directory of recycling locations, just enter your zip code the site will pull up list of locations where you can safely and responsibly dispose of items like chemicals, electronics and paint or recycle things like old eye glasses, furniture and cell phones to someone who can use them again.
More Earth Day fun!
There are plenty of other great family activities you can do on your own—attend a Farmer’s Market to purchase sustainable products; plant a blueberry bush in your yard (tasty food for you and the wildlife); take a stab at eliminating paper towels, napkins and plates for a month; hit up an outdoor walking trail at Urban Forestry Center, Odiorne Park or Great Bay Discovery Center and get close to nature!