Clean a Refuge for Earth Day
|River and lake cleanups are on tap at many national wildlife refuges for Earth Day. Here, a Youth Conservation Corps crew pulls invasive water chestnut from a lake at Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge in Massachusetts.|
|Credit: Maddie List, USFWS|
Earth Day, April 22, has been set aside since 1970 to celebrate the Earth’s richness, recognize its fragility and educate people about what they can do to help protect the planet. Many refuges will host public events on or near that date.
Use the "Find Your Refuge" feature on the Refuge System homepage to see if a refuge in your area has planned an event. Or go to the Visitors tab on the yellow bar at the top of the page, and click on Special Events in the pull-down menu.
- Clean Up McNary Refuge for Earth Day
Saturday, April 9, 9 a.m. to noon — McNary National Wildlife Refuge, WA
Put on your grubs and help clean up trash at the refuge. Two cleanup areas are reachable on foot; a third area is reachable by kayak. Bring gloves. Meet at the McNary Environmental Education Center. Learn more about McNary Refuge.
- Earth Day Litter Pick-Up at Blackwater Refuge
Saturday, April 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, MD
Help clean litter from the roadways in and around the refuge. Meet at the visitor center and stay as long as you like. Learn more about Blackwater Refuge.
- Volunteer Earth Day Clean-Up at Muscatatuck Refuge
Saturday, April 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge, IN
Learn more about Muscatatuck Refuge.
- Clean Up Trinity River Refuge for Earth Day
Saturday, April 30, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge, TX
Clean the refuge and enjoy a host of activities at the Champion Lake Public Use Area. Activities include canoeing, kayaking, boat tours, bird and butterfly viewing, walking the levee trail and dip netting and fishing lessons for kids. Learn more about Trinity River Refuge.
- Attend an Earth Day Native Plant Sale
Saturday, April 30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge, OR
Plan your nature-scape with birds and other pollinators in mind. Native plant selections will include: wood violets, checkermallow, wild ginger, starry sedum, purple penstemon, foam flower, evergreen huckleberry, mock orange and low Oregon grape. Learn more about Tualatin River Refuge.