Get green! Family Earth Day activities around the Seacoast!
Earth Day is Thursday April 22! There are so many wonderful ways to celebrate Mother Earth right here on the seacoast! Go get green!
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 the Wall in Hampton on Saturday May 15th starting at 9am – 11am. Get more information by going to their website. No sign-up required.
Can’t make this day? Join another 2021 beach clean up date held on these Saturdays from 9am-11am:
- June 12th – Pirates Cove
- July 10th – Hampton Beach
- August 14th – Wall
- September 11th – Rye Harbor State Park
- October 9th – Jennes
- November 13th – Wall
- December 11th – Jenness
Another local organization, Blue Ocean Society is excited to begin scheduling beach cleanups once again. They are working hard to create guidelines for our volunteers to promote volunteer safety while conducting cleanups during the COVID-19 pandemic. While they are not yet doing public cleanups, they’re happy to schedule a private cleanup for your small group, or provide support as you do a cleanup on your own. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 603-431-0260. Don’t forget to bring a pair of work gloves!
Also be sure to check with your town and neighbors – many have a dedicated day in April for residents to volunteer for roadside & neighborhood clean ups!
Green Thumb Fun, The Children’s Museum of NH
The CMNH has put together a line up of some real Earth Day fun! Earth Day at the Museum will include:
- Make a seed flyer
- Paint a pollinator (wooden butterflies)
- Make mini greenhouses
- Build a LEGO wind powered car
- Do a pollinator scavenger hunt around the museum
- Take home project: make an earth day crown
Don’t forget to reserve your spots online prior to visiting the museum!
Earth Day with Center for Wildlife!
Come celebrate Earth Day with the Center for Wildlife on April 22nd from 10AM-12PM and 1-3PM. Enjoy an educational program featuring our non-releasable wildlife ambassadors that is focused on the inter-connectedness of the natural world and our place in it. Learn how plant and animal species interact in our natural world to create balanced ecosystems and what we can do to help keep our environment happy and healthy. Each session will include both a presentation and special, hands-on Earth Day activity. Reservations (and masks) are required and each session will be capped at 40 people to allow for proper social distancing.
Earth Day Kids’ Club, Churchill’s
Come join us on April 24th as we celebrate Earth Day! We’ll have some fun activity stations and demonstrations.
We have broken this celebration into multiple times so that we can limit the number of participants who will be here at one time. Masks are required. We will also be practicing safe social distancing between those in attendance. Visit churchillsgardens.com for more info. Reserve your Tickets online – $10 per child.
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!