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.

  Boys & Girls Club of Martin County at Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge in Florida for a marine debris beach clean-up. Credit: SCA
Boys & Girls Club of Martin County at Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge in Florida for a marine debris beach clean-up. Credit: SCA
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Alaska Zoo
Saturday, April 16, 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 16, 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 22, 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 4, 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.

Contact: Elizabeth Manning at 907-267-2168 or

Coleman National Fish Hatchery
Redding Rancheria Earth Day 2016
Friday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Join the Coleman National Fish Hatchery at the annual Redding Rancheria Earth Day Fair in front of the Win-River Resort and Casino. Visit with more than 50 vendors and enjoy fun activities and presentations for kids and families. All sharing ideas and techniques for lessoning our footprint on the earth. FREE. For more information, call Darrah Hart at 215-5457 or.

Contact: Darrah Hart at 530-215-5457 or or Paul Taylor at 530-605-6915 or

Shasta College Earth Day
Friday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Join the Coleman National Fish Hatchery at the Shasta College in the main campus quad for the annual Earth Day celebration. There will be more than 20 agencies and organizations that manage and care for the region’s environmental quality and/or educate toward the utilization of sustainable practices. Various Shasta College departments that assist the college with its commitment to sustainability will also be present. The event is designed to be academic in character, so that those who attend the event can discover more about the environment of the north-state and regional connections. There will be prizes, live music, readings and games as we look to promote environmental awareness and sustainable practices through an atmosphere of celebration. FREE.

Contact: Brett Galyean at 530-365-8622 or

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Earth Day Clean-up SF2 Trail in East Palo Alto
Saturday, April 23, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Celebrate the Earth and help keep our home clean. Join us on the SF2 trail near the Dumbarton Bridge and protect wetlands and wildlife by picking up trash blown in by the winds or left by careless hands. Enjoy the beautiful home we share with the birds as we ensure their home stays safe and clean. Bring a water bottle and wear sturdy shoes. Trash bags and gloves will be provided. Register at Directions will be provide once you have registered.

Contact: Jose Garcia at 510-792-0222 ext. 141

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Pacifica Beach Coalition Earth Day 2016
Saturday, April 23, 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Every year, Pacifica Beach Coalition organizes the largest volunteer community event of San Mateo county for Earth Day. This year’s theme is Healthy Waters, Healthy Otters. The event includes volunteer actions at 9:00 a.m. and Ecofest at 11:00 with education booths, family activities, food, entertainment and live music, plus a special keynote address by the Service’s Lilian Carswell, Southern Sea Otter Recovery & Marine Conservation Coordinator, on southern sea otters.


San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Earth Day Planting Day
April 23, 9:00 a.m. -12:00 (noon)

The refuge will be celebrating Earth Day with a planting restoration event, along the newly-installed Bayside Birding & Walking Trail! Volunteers are needed to help establish marsh habitat, to help nature kick-start a healthy habitat for birds, butterflies and other marsh animals. Meet at the intersection of 8th Street and Boulevard Avenue, in Imperial Beach, at 9:00 a.m. Water, snacks and tools will be provided, thanks to the Friends of San Diego Wildlife Refuges. Wear a hat, sunscreen and bring gloves if you have them...and a friend.

Contact: Ranger Debby at 619-843-9576

San Diego National Wildlife Refuge
It’s How We Live!
April 23, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Spring Valley County Park, a community neighbor to the refuge, is celebrating its 11th Annual “It’s How We Live!” event at Spring Valley County Park, located at 8735 Jamacha Blvd. This health and wellness festival will have a wide array of activities for the entire family. Refuge staff, along with conservation partner, Earth Discovery Institute, will have an outreach booth to help neighbors learn about the wildlife and habitat they can visit just minutes away from their home. Visitors can learn to use binoculars to identify birds and other animals, and will get a chance to see and feel animal skulls, pelts and scat. This event, in celebration of Earth Day, is part of the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex’s Urban Wildlife Conservation Program to connect new and diverse audiences with nature and refuges.

Contact: Spring Valley Community Center at 619-479-1832

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Earth Day Work Party and Celebration
Saturday, April 23, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Join the Service’s Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office for an Earth Day event at the Yreka Creek Greenway’s Deer Creek Trailhead on Deer Creek Way that will include removing litter and invasive weeds, mesh-wrapping trees for beaver protection, applying weather-coating to benches and tables and building trail markers. After the stream-side clean-up activities, enjoy a potluck lunch with fellow Earth Day stewards and musicians, play with the Earth Ball, and build and float your bio-degradable Nature-Craft down the creek.  Bring friends, sturdy shoes, gloves and water. The Earth Day Celebration is sponsored by the Yreka Creek Committee, California Conservation Corp members, Shasta Valley Resource Conservation District and City of Yreka.

Contact: Jerry Mosier at 530-842-4708


Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 16, 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 2016: Trees for the Earth
Wednesday, April 20, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
(Rain date: April 21)

The Department of the Interior, General Services Administration and Office of Personnel Management invite you to the 2016 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 *

Robert Pos at or Lajuan Randolph at


J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge
2016 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest
Friday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 (noon)

The public is invited to attend the judging of the national Junior Duck Stamp Contest at the refuge in celebration of Earth Day. This is a first-ever event for the refuge, which annually hosts the contest judging at the state level. 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. Free and open to the public, no reservations required.

Duck Stamp Office: 703-358-2145 or

Ding Darling NWR: 239-472-1100 ext. 236 or


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
April 24, all day

Celebrate the earth with the Service and partners at the 6th annual Earth Day Rising Festival (EDR), featuring: workshops and panels on sustainable living, agriculture, and conservation, Keiki on the Farm kids’ activities, clothing swap tent, seed and plant giveaway, free county compost bin distribution, vendor & info booths, music and food! The Service will have a booth of confiscated wildlife products and information on biodiversity, and provide a presentation on our conservation partnerships programs and work in the Alakai Wilderness Preserve.

In the spirit of acknowledging Earth Day, EDR is a zero-waste event; please be prepared to pack out any trash you create. We recommend bringing a reusable water bottle and utensils, light blanket or chair, and sun protection. The event is spread out throughout the 7-acre Malama Kaua`i Community Farm, so good walking shoes are also recommended. $15 Advanced Donation Online, $25 Donation at Door, Keiki (16 and under) FREE! Directions are online.

Contact: Megan at 808- 828-0685 ext. 12


Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 23, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 (noon)

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 23, 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 23, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Celebrate the planet and enjoy our natural world! Bring your family and friends and enjoy the great outdoors by celebrating Earth Day 2016 at the hatchery! A limited number of free tree seedlings (flowering dogwood and chestnut oak) provided by the Friends of Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, Inc. will be available.  Bring your recyclables (glass, aluminum/steel cans, paper, plastic, cardboard, printer ink cartridges) - get a free CFL bulb! There will be fun outdoor activities for the entire family, including recycled art, nature hikes, wetland investigations, fishing demonstrations, live animals, bat house construction and lots more. Participate in a make and take rain barrel workshop, pre-registration is required, slots are limited. A variety of organizations will have booths and hands-on activities that teach people about water pollution, wildlife rehabilitation, and resource management.

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


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
New Britain Bees Pollinator Health Night
Friday, April 22, 6:30 p.m.

The New Britain Bees baseball team will be raising awareness about the importance of pollinators during their game on Earth Day. The Service, along with many other organizations, will be promoting pollinators and pollinator health at a table outside the stadium entrance. Stop by the table for a special giveaway and to learn what you can do to conserve pollinators! No tickets necessary to stop by, but if you want to attend the game, you can purchase tickets here:

Contact: Becky (Kern) Longenecker at 413-253-8636 or

Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge
Disney Earth Day Film
Thursday, April 21, 2:00 p.m.

Join the refuge for a kid’s program and showing of the Disney film, Monkey Kingdom. A nature documentary that follows a newborn monkey and its mother as they struggle to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop, a dynamic group of monkeys who live in ancient ruins found deep in the storied jungles of South Asia (81 mins). Rated G.Contact:

Timothy Puopolo at 978-265-7467 or

Refuge Fledgling Hour
Friday, April, 22, 10:30 am

Nature themed program series that will include crafts, stories, and games or songs that will relate to a different topic each month. Programs will be held the 4th Friday of every month 10:30am – 11:30am for 2 to 5 year olds; siblings welcome.

Contact: Timothy Puopolo at 978-265-7467 or

Nature Hike for Families
Sunday, April 24, 2:00 p.m.

Join refuge staff and youth volunteer for a 3-mile walk to explore the refuge and learn about local animals and habitats. It will include an introduction to the refuge, a hike and followed by a social with light refreshments. Program geared towards everyone who can do the length of the hike. Meet at the visitor center. Donations of what you can give will be accepted. The proceeds will go to the Friends of the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge for ongoing refuge support.

Contact: Kizette Otizvanger to pre-register at


Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge
2016 Lower Detroit River Litter Clean Up
Saturday, April 23, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

A large-scale cleanup of the shores and small islands in the Lower Detroit River is being planned for this day. The goal is to pick up as much litter as possible that collects along the shores of the many dikes, islands, and bays in the lower river The Lower Detroit River Cleanup will be based at Rotary Park. The orientation meeting begins at 9:00 a.m. Over the years, the cleanup has removed tons of trash from the lower river. The cleanup is the Riverkeeper Program project, and gives volunteers the opportunity to help make the river cleaner, as well as to get out on the river and to appreciate the need for stewardship of this valuable resource. Volunteers and the trash collected are returned to the park, where lunch will be served. More information here: or call 734-676-4626.

Contact: Jennifer Braatz at 734-692-7608 or


New Jersey
Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 16, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Do you know your eco-footprint? Take the quiz at then take your footprint one step further and come out to the refuge and help clean up the Wildlife Drive and nature trails. Lunch will be provided for all volunteers.

Contact: Sandy Perchetti to register at 609-652-1665 or


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Saturday, April 30, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 (noon)

The Service’s Klamath Falls Fish and Wildlife Office will host an Earth Day event at Oregon Institute of Technology’s (OIT) Schoolyard Habitat Project (West side of campus off Dan O’Brian Way, next to Miller Hall) in Klamath Falls. The “learning laboratory” garden features plants native to the high desert and is used as a teaching garden for OIT, Klamath Community College and elementary school classes from Klamath Falls. Akimi King, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, will give a presentation about monarch butterflies students and the community are invited to help plant milkweed, do some trail maintenance and weeding, and clean interpretive signs. Volunteers will get free native milkweed seeds to take home. All are welcome!

Contact: Akimi King at 541-885-2515 or


John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
Darby Creek Cleanup
Saturday, April 23, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 (noon)

Join the refuge for the 32nd annual Darby Creek Clean-up day in honor of Earth Day in partnership with the Darby Creek Valley Association. Bring family and friends to help clean up the refuge. Please bring water. Friends of Heinz Refuge will provide a hot dog and veggie dog lunch for all volunteers. Meet in the parking lot near the Visitors Center, where gloves and trash bags will be distributed. The annual cleanup takes place on two major creeks and many tributaries that make up the Darby Creek Watershed. The trails that follow these waterways include: The East Coast Greenway, The Cobbs Creek Trail, The Darby Creek Trail and the Valley Forge to John Heinz Wildlife Refuge Trail.

Contact: -365-3118 and let the refuge know you are attending!

Earth Day Service
Saturday, April 23, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 (noon)

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. The refuge will provide lunch. Please register at to complete the online waiver.

Contact: Latoya Crump at 215-756-2279 or


Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
Earth Day at the Candlelight Ranch

Sunday, April 17, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

You are invited to experience an incredible day in nature volunteering together with Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, Upper Highland Lakes Nature Center and Friends Flying for the Earth! Beautify the ranch by helping to build a pollinator garden by the bird sanctuary. Hike, zipline, and explore the Food Forest together. Meet Phoenix the Owl and Tonka the Tortoise. Enjoy nature games including: The Monarch Migration game, Lady Bug Program, and the Nature Fishing Game. Invite your friends and family, and come experience an action packed day in nature together. Bring some work gloves, a reusable water bottle and a picnic lunch if you like. Snacks will be provided! The event is FREE. Optional donations accepted for zip lines. The event is rain or shine.

Contact: Lynette at 512-633-8403 or

Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 23, 9:00 - 12:00 (noon)

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: Brianna Patrick at 515-994-3400 or

Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 23, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

In commemoration of Earth Day 2016, 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
Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery
Earth Day Texas 2016
April 22-24, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

In commemoration of Earth Day 2016, 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. Come by and meet staff from the Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery who will have alligator snapping turtles and alligator gar on display to educate visitors on the important role these and other species of concern have in nature. Photos of other aquatic species raised at the hatchery will also be on display.

Earth Day Texas brings together environmental organizations, businesses, academic institutions, government agencies, speakers, interactive programming and subject matter experts along with live music and sustainable beer and food pavilions. Earth Day Texas creates a fun and engaging atmosphere for thought and experiential learning while encouraging attendees to be the change they wish to see in the world.  For more information, visit:

Contact: Lesli Gray at

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Earth Day Houston

April 16, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Visit the Service and Houston Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership’s booth at Earth Day Houston in partnership with the Student Conservation Association, Houston Ecological Services Office, and Houston Parks and Recreation Department at Sam Houston Park. Join us to celebrate pollinator habitats, share ideas on how to make your own pollinator friendly garden as part of the Houston Habitat Certified City goal and learn about one of our most fun pollinators, bats! More information here:

Contact: Brandi Bradford at 505-803-1607 or

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Museum of Texas Tech University
Texas Pollinator PowWow
April 22-24, all day

Come learn about Texas plants and their pollinators, the conservation challenges they are facing, and how YOU can help! Join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the fourth Texas Pollinator PowWow where the emphasis will be on native bees. The gathering will feature seventeen speakers, two dozen exhibitors, two Bee Identification workshops, two milkweed propagation workshops, and five teams of botanists, entomologists and biologists as trip leaders to a never-plowed, shortgrass Southern Plains prairie and playa lake. In addition, there will be two milkweed propagation workshops. The mission of the Texas Pollinator PowWow is to provide education, resources, and networking opportunities to natural resource management professionals and volunteers -- and the community at large -- and to empower them all in conserving our pollinators and their habitats across the landscape. Registration for all three days is $75. 

Contact: Carrie McLaughlin at 682-459-1684 or


Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
2016 Virginia BioBlitz

Saturday, April 23, 2016, all day

How do biologists, ecologists, entomologists and other scientists know so much about our natural world? They study it! The refuge is participating in the 2016 Virginia BioBlitz, hosted by the Virginia Geographic Alliance. The event will have two parts - a series of wildlife surveys, aimed at documenting the diverse array of species present at the refuge and a series of public walks and talks. The wildlife surveys will be led by local experts. Volunteers are needed to assist with each group. This is a great opportunity to learn about birds, reptiles, plants and insects in our area. There will be activities for all ages and interests so check out the details below.

Schedule (subject to change): 9:00 am -2:00 pm: Bioblitz walks every 30-45 minutes along the beach and the bay (we will record everything we see!); First Landing State Park will also have a number of children's activities available for our young visitors. 10:00 a.m.: Natural history walk from Back Bay to the Atlantic Ocean led by Reese Lukei, covering seven habitat over 10,000 years. 2:00 pm: Beginner’s photography workshop with Fred Devan, learn the basics of how to take a great photo, no special camera equipment needed, just bring you favorite camera (cell phone, digital point and shoot, etc.) Contact the refuge if you have interest in or currently study a particular type of wildlife (plants, birds, insects, fish). Registration for the event is available by visiting

Contact: Erica Locher at 757-301-7329 ext. 3106 or


Horicon National Wildlife Refuge
Earth Day 2016 Activities
Saturday, April 23, 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.

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.
Sunday, April 24, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Plant milkweed, make a recycled craft, hike and visit with the critters. Family friendly Monarchs and Milkweed program at 11:00 a.m. Climate Change and You program by Ruth Johnson at 1:00 p.m. Movie 3:00 p.m. (admission fee).

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



Last updated: April 19, 2016
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