Earth Day
Conserving the Nature of America

Earth Day Events

Earth Day is a time to give back to the environment by participating in many of the Service’s scheduled events. Check out the events below, including other upcoming celebratory activities. Find more events in the coming year at the special events calendar.

  Biologist Carey Edwards assists Iron River Elementary School 5th graders with planting flowers in the butterfly garden. Credit: USFWS
Biologist Carey Edwards assists Iron River Elementary School 5th graders with planting flowers in the butterfly garden. Credit: USFWS
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Alaska Zoo
Saturday, April 18, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Celebrate Kids Day at the Alaska Zoo presented by Alaska USA.

Join in all the fun and it’s free admission for kids ages 17 and under. There will be special animal presentations, keeper talks, games and the petting zoo will be open. Fun times are sure to be had, so make sure you get in on all the action. This is part of Anchorage’s Promise city-wide Kids Day.

Contact: Alaska Zoo at 907-346-2133

Anchorage’s Promise & Kids Day
Saturday, April 18, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

KidsDay is exactly that...a day to celebrate our youth and families; a day to provide kids of all ages a day of laughter and fun! More than 80 youth-serving exhibitors gather at the Dena'ina Center to provide program information & fun activities for all to enjoy!  Everything from face-painting to prize wheels, petting zoo, street fair, wild about reading program & live stage performances! There's something for everyone at KidsDay! Be sure to stop by the Anchorage's Promise booth to pick a mystery egg and win a prize. Free for the entire family.

Contact: Tanya Masley at 907-272-4100 or

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Alaska Zoo
Sunday, May 17, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Migrate to the Alaska Zoo for this bird-focused event! Gather your flock to discover the benefits of birds to humans and nature. Explore hands-on activity stations, games, kid’s craft station, winning Jr. Duck Stamp artwork and more! Celebrate migratory birds and learn about bird conservation with event partners. Live education birds will also be on display for up-close viewing by Bird Treatment and Learning Center. This event is fun and educational for visitors of all ages. To learn more visit:

Contact: Tamara Zeller at 907-786-3517 or

Potter Marsh Discovery Day
Saturday, June 6, 11:00 am - 4:00pm

Discover Potter Marsh and some of Alaska’s wildlife at Anchorage’s most popular wildlife viewing area. This family-friendly event brings you nature-related games and prizes, invertebrate sampling, birding stations along the boardwalk, captive birds from the Bird Treatment and Learning Center, educational animals from the Alaska Zoo, kid-friendly archery range, fly and spin casting practice, and more. To learn more visit:

Contact: Elizabeth Manning at 907-267-2168 or

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Earth Day Community Service: Bring Back the Monarchs – Alviso
Saturday, April 18, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The North American monarch butterfly and its phenomenal migration are in trouble, but we can help! The Fish and Wildlife Service is developing monarch habitat by seeding and planting milkweed. Milkweed is the host plant for monarchs — the lone plant on which the butterflies lay their eggs in spring and the only food source for monarch larvae. Come to the refuge to learn all about monarchs and get a little dirty helping to make a home for them. Reservations required in advance through

Contact: Julie at 408-262-5513 ext.104.

Earth Day Service - Ravenswood Poin – Menlo Park
Saturday, April 18, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 (noon) p.m.

Help protect wildlife! Join the refuge and Save the Bay for the annual Earth Day Cleanup. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations required in advance through

Contact: 510-792-0222 ext. 141.

San Diego Bay national Wildlife Refuge
Earth Day at South Bay!
Saturday, April 18, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 (noon) p.m.

Join the refuge in celebrating Earth Day in South Bay. Nature activities like bird watching and plankton towing, and habitat restoration activities like native plant planting and trash pickup are planned. Have you seen the new inspirational outdoor classroom at this site yet? It's a must to check out. Bring a friend, bring your family. Ride your bike on over, we have bike racks!

Contact: Lisa Cox at 619-476-9150 X 106 or

Location: North end of 13th Street or 12th Street in Imperial Beach, California. For a map, click here.

Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge
Plant a Butterfly Garden
Saturday, April 18, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 (noon) p.m. 

Volunteers needed to help plant a native butterfly garden at the refuge! Come join the fun with our staff and volunteers. The team will be planting California native butterfly nectar plants and weeding out non-native species. Children’s art contest, too. Please register in advance, click here.

Contact: Shannon Tunks at 619-575-3613 x330 or

Location: Intersection of 3rd Street and Imperial Beach Boulevard in Imperial Beach, California.


Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday April 18, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Celebrate Spring and Earth Day by cleaning up the roads leading to the refuge. Bring work gloves and wear shoes that can get wet. Refreshments will be served after the cleanup. Meet at the visitor center.

Contact: Tina Watson at 302-653-9345 or


District of Columbia
The Department of the Interior
Earth Day 2015: It’s Our Turn to Lead
Wednesday, April 22, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
(Rain date: April 24)

The Department of the Interior, General Services Administration and Office of Personnel Management invite you to the 2015 Earth Day Fair in Rawlins Park, located at the intersection of 18th and E Streets, N. W., Washington, D.C. Come on out to this year’s Earth Day Celebration and enjoy: * Educational Exhibits * Green Products * Games * Music * Alternative Fuel Vehicles * Personal Electronic Collection * Refreshments *

Contact: Robert Pos at or Lajuan Randolph at


J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, April 18, 10:00 - 3:00 p.m.

The refuge will celebrate the 45th anniversary of Earth Day in partnership with Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS) and Tarpon Bay Explorers (TBE). This year, Wildlife Drive is free cyclists and hikers! Free bike rentals offered at Tarpon Bay Explorers. Throughout the day, meet and greet “trashy” refuge educator Bagzilla, costumed in a year’s worth of an average person’s disposable bag consumption. For more information, visit:

Contact: 239-472-1100 ext. 236 or


Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 18, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 (noon) p.m.

Celebrate Earth Day by removing litter or noxious weeds to improve wildlife habitat at the Lake Lowell Unit of the refuge. Meet at the Visitor Center at 9:00 a.m. for orientation. Bring gloves and water. Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty. Volunteers will remove weeds and clean up litter around the shores of Lake Lowell and carry out trail maintenance. Volunteers may also do some wildlife-friendly landscaping around the Visitor Center. Please, pre-register!

Contact: 208-467-9278 or


Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 25, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Join the refuge for an Earth Day cleanup! There will be work for volunteers of all ages and abilities to help improve the refuge.

Contact: 812-522-4352 or


Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery
Saturday, April 18, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Bring your family and friends and enjoy the great outdoors by celebrating Earth Day 2015 at the fish hatchery! There will be a limited number of free tree seedlings to give away (provided by the Friends of Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, Inc.) along with a variety of booths offering handy information and giveaways, all provided by agencies and organizations who play a vital role in helping to protect and conserve our wonderful natural world. There will be guided hikes, introductory “how to” workshops, story hours with craft activities and a variety of speakers presenting on several interesting and informative topics

Contact: Moria Painter at 270-343-3797 ext. 24 or

Tuesday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m..


Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 25, 2015 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Monroe County Earth Day Expo with the theme, “Healthy Planet, Healthy You.” Come celebrate with the refuge at the MBT Expo Center in Monroe, Michigan. This year’s Earth Expo will promote local green living by emphasizing buying and living locally and educate residents on everyday actions they can take to help restore and protect our community and the Earth. Earth Expo activities are family-friendly and include, prize drawings, entertainment, educational exhibits, crafts and activities for children. Best of all, they are FREE!

Contact: Jennifer Braatz at 734-692-7608 or


John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
Darby Creek Cleanup
Saturday, April 18, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 (noon) p.m

Join the refuge for the 29th annual Darby Creek clean-up day in honor of Earth Day in partnership with the Darby Creek Valley Association. Bring your family and friends and help us clean up the refuge. Please bring water. Friends of Heinz Refuge will provide a hot dog lunch for all volunteers. Meet in the parking lot near the Visitors Center, where gloves and trash bags will be distributed.

Contact: 215-365-3118 or

Earth Day Service
Saturday, April 18th, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 (noon) p.m.

Come celebrate Earth Day with the Student Conservation Association and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through a day of service at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Volunteers will pitch in to help with the annual waterfront clean-up along the Darby Creek. Please wear closed-toe shoes, long pants and clothes you don’t mind getting wet or dirty. Please bring a reusable water bottle. SCA will provide water, snacks and Earth Day t-shirts! Registration is required.

Contact: Corrin Omowunmi at

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Citizens Bank Park
Wednesday, April 22, 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Red Goes Green Night
The Philadelphia Phillies will be celebrating sustainability during the second annual Red Goes Green Night when the Phillies take on the Miami Marlins! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be at the entrance gates. Stop by our table for a special giveaway and learn about our conservation efforts in Philly! No tickets needed to stop by our table and chat, but if you want to attend the game, you will have to purchase tickets:


Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 25, 9:00 - 12:00 (noon) p.m.

In honor of Earth Day, the refuge invites volunteers to help restore prairie and oak savanna ecosystems. During this event, volunteers will participate in a variety of stewardship activities. Scouts or other groups are welcome. A FREE lunch will be provided by the Friends of Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. Please pre-register!

Contact: Megan Wandag at 515-994-3400 or

Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 25, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

In commemoration of Earth Day 2015, the refuge along with the Friends of Trinity River Refuge, will host an afternoon of fun outdoor activities at the Champion Lake Public Use Area. Activities will include refuge boat tours, canoeing, kayaking, bird and butterfly viewing, walking the levee trail, dip netting and fishing lessons in the lake for the kids, and a “Wildlife Experience.” Champion Lake is located at the end of CR 417, two miles east of FM 1409 in southern Liberty County. This is approximately 10 miles south of Dayton, TX from Hwy 90 or about six miles north of I-10 at the Cove exit (FM 565). You may want to bring a lawn chair as seating is limited. Admission is free.

Contact: Stuart Marcus at 936-336-9786 or

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Earth Day Texas 2015
Saturday April 24-26, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

In commemoration of Earth Day 2015, the Service will participate in Earth Day Texas (EDTx) an annual, outdoor festival seeking to elevate environmental awareness. EDTx will take place at Fair Park, in the heart of Dallas, Texas. The family-friendly event is FREE to the public. The highlight of the festival is the Eco Expo where exhibitors will use their presence to promote their achievements as green leaders, and teach attendees how to take environmentally responsible action by better utilizing available resources, switching to eco-friendly products, or joining their organizations. For more information, visit:

Contact: Lesli Gray at

Earth Day Celebration at Alexander Deussen Park
Saturday, April 18, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Houston, Texas

Join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at this annual Earth Day celebration presented by Harris County Precinct One. Come out for activities, games, fun, food, giveaways and exhibits!

Contact: Lesli Gray at

Cherokee Nation Environmental Festival
Friday, April 17, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Talking Leaves Job Corps Center
Tahlequah, Oklahoma

Join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at this annual festival hosted by the tribe’s environmental programs department, promotes awareness on vital environmental issues such as recycling, water quality and land conservation.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Lesli Gray at
Cherokee Nation: 918-453-5000/1-800-256-0671 or


West Virginia
National Conservation Training Center
Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest

Friday, April 17, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 (noon) p.m.

See award-winning artwork featuring ducks, geese and swans – all of it created by students as part of the Junior Duck Stamp conservation education program. Watch as a panel of judges chooses one winner from among the 54 pieces of art representing all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and U.S. territories. The winning art will be made into the Junior Duck Stamp, proceeds from which raise money for conservation education. The National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) features hiking trails, a conservation museum and an active bald eagle nest. Free and open to the public, no reservations required. Photo ID required to enter NCTC campus.

Contact: 703-358-2145 or


Horicon National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 25, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Celebrate Earth Day with lots of fun activities! Enjoy the antics of Entertainer and Naturalist Dave Stokes and get hands on with reptiles and amphibians from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Afterward, make a musical instrument out of recycled materials and join in a sing-a-long with local singers Terri and Alan Fuller from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Free event sponsored by the Friends of Horicon National Wildlife Refuge.

Contact: Erin Railsback at 920-387-2658 ext. 124 or



Last updated: April 15, 2015
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