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 15, 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 15, 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

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Earth Day Discovery Program
Saturday, April 22, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Drop by the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center in Soldotna for some planet-friendly family fun to celebrate Earth Day. From crafting recycled telephone wire bracelets and coloring reusable tote bags to challenging friends, family and Refuge Rangers to a recycling race, this event has hands-on fun for all ages. No pre-registration required.

Contact: 907-260-2820

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Alaska Zoo – International Migratory Bird Day

Sunday, May 21, 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

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Potter Marsh Discovery Day - Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, June 3, 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


Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge
Earth Day Fescue Rescue
Saturday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Join the refuge on Earth Day to transplant native bunch grasses for a new quail viewing pen. The selected site has a lot of desirable native bunch grasses. The staff will be removing and saving the plants for replanting in the completed viewing pen.

Contact: Joshua Smith 520-823-4251 ext. 101 or

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Earth Day Celebration - Cochise College, Douglas Campus

Wednesday, April 19, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff and partners will man booths at the annual Earth day event held for all local and surrounding area 3rd grade classes at the Cochise College's Douglas Campus. Students will learn about environmental topics, such as local species, endangered species, the local water system, the Three Rs: reducing, re-using, recycling, and many more interactive games, crafts and student-run activities.

Contact: Edmund Priddis at or Tasha Harden at


Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery
Earth Day Festival
Saturday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Come out to the hatchery for the 3rd Annual Earth Day Festival! There will be lots of hands on activities, crafts, giveaways and even a fishing pond.

Contact: 870-625-3912 or


Coleman Fish Hatchery Friends Group
Whole Earth & Watershed Festival in Redding
Saturday, April 22, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The 11th annual Whole Earth and Watershed Festival returns with an abundance of exciting activities and exhibitors; inspiring artists and innovators; engaging live music on two stages, delicious local food and craft beer. The festival is filled with ample opportunities for learning about the benefits of healthy living, building healthy communities, and restoring a healthy planet! For more information, visit:

Contact: 530-365-8622 or

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Let’s Go Native…In Our Garden!
Saturday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Join the refuge for a day in the native plant garden to help restore habitat for monarch butterflies, learn about leaves and lichen identification, and go tour the native California plants we grow out by the marsh! Open to all – no reservation necessary.

Contact: 408-262-5513 ext. 104

Pacifica Beach Coalition
Earth Day of Action & EcoFest
Saturday, April 22, 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 Make a Splash by Ending Trash. 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.

Contact: Pacifica Beach Coalition at

San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Earth Day Challenge! At Sweetwater Marsh
Saturday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Bring the whole family to Sweetwater Marsh to learn about wildlife, and how you can save it too. We'll have fun games about native plants and birds on the trails, and a trash pickup station to help the marine life on the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Do our challenge - get a prize! Event in partnership with the Living Coast Discovery Center. The event is FREE on the refuge. Note, admission to the Living Coast Discovery Center is a small fee or membership admission.  For more information, visit:

Contact: Lisa Cox at 760-420-3175 or

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Join the Service's Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office at the Yreka Creek Greenway's Oberlin Trailhead on Oberlin Road. Come care for the Earth with a morning of stream cleanup and native plantings. At 12:30 p.m., celebrate the Grand Opening of the Yreka Greenway's new Oberlin Trailhead with a tour of the new streamside trails, bridges, benches and picnic areas and float bio-degradable handmade nature boats down the creek. Then, enjoy the festivities starting at 1:00 p.m. with a streamside potluck picnic, Whisky Creek's live bluegrass music and prize raffle. Meet at Oberlin Road, just east of Fairlane. Bring family, friends, sturdy shoes, sun hat, gloves and a dish to share! This event is co-sponsored by the City of Yreka, California Conservation Corp members, Shasta Valley Resource Conservation District and Siskiyou Gardens, Parks & Greenway Association volunteers.
Contact: Jerry Mosier at 530-842-4708 or

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
EarthFair 2017

Sunday, April 23, 9:00 a.m.  - 4:00 p.m.

Twenty partnering organizations, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be hosting booths at San Diego EarthWork's 28th annual EarthFair at Bilboa Park. An activity guide will be provided to families to get stamped for a prize!  The Service booth will help families start an earth-friendly project. FREE to attend.

Contact: San Diego EarthWorks at 858-272-7370 or

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Oxnard Earth Day Festival

Saturday, April 15, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Service's Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office will host a booth at the Oxnard Earth Day Festival at Plaza Park, located at the corner of Fifth and "C" streets in downtown Oxnard. There will be live music, community displays, children's activities, food and fun. This popular event encourages each person to continue to act locally, while thinking globally about their impact on the environment. Service staff will share information about endangered/threatened species, local shorebirds and more. Attendees will have an opportunity to make their own western snowy plover chic (out of cotton balls). Admission is free. For more information, visit:

Contact: Robyn Gerstenslager at 805-677-3380 or


Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge
Earth Day Trail Building

Saturday, April 22, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Celebrate Earth Day by helping to build a new trail with the whole family! In honor of Earth Day, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado will work with the City and County of Denver and the refuge to construct 6,600 feet of new trail along First Creek. Volunteers ages 10 and up will build the trail by hauling and spreading an aggregate material known as "crusher fine." Tasks will be easy-to-moderate in difficulty. For more information, visit:

Contact Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado: 303-715-1010 or
Contact the refuge: 303-289-0930 or


Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Highway Clean-up
Saturday, April 22, 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 clean-up. Meet at the visitor center. Sponsored by Friends of Bombay Hook, Inc.

Contact: Tina Watson at 302-653-9345 or

Tour of the Refuge
Sunday, April 23, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Join volunteer, Ray Cullom, for a tour of the refuge. Walk a trail, identify birds, and learn about the different habitats and how they are managed for wildlife. Meet at the visitor center. Bring your binoculars or borrow a pair from the Visitor Center.

Contact: 302-653-9345

Tour of the Refuge
Sunday, April 23, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Join Volunteer Ray Cullom for a tour of the refuge. Find out how the refuge is manage for wildlife, visit different habitats and walk a trail. Bring your binoculars and meet at the visitor center.

Contact: 302-653-9345


District of Columbia
Department of the Interior
Earth Day Everyday – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Wednesday, April 19, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
(Rain date: April 20)

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 *

Contact: Lajuan Randolph at


J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge

Earth Day at the Refuge
Saturday, April 22, 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

The refuge will celebrate the 47th anniversary of Earth Day in partnership with Ding" Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge. Bike or hike Wildlife Drive for free, watch a free film and take advantage of free programs at this year's Earth Day at the refuge. The day's highlights include an earth-friendly Family Story & Craft, free Gators & Crocs and Birding the Refuge programs, and the appearance of Bagzilla, a "bag monster" dressed in the average person's annual plastic bag consumption. The multi-award-winning film Bag It!: Is Your Life Too Plastic? reveals, in an entertaining manner, just how plastic crazy we really are and how we can change the pattern. 

Contact: 239-472-1100 or


Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge
Earth Day Work Day 2017
Saturday, April 22, 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 via email at!

Contact: 208-467-9278 or


Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge
Earth Day Clean-up
Saturday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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

Contact: 812-522-4352 or


Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
Earth Day Restoration

Saturday, April 22, 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: 515- 994-3400 or


Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery
Earth Day 2017
Saturday, April 22, 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 2017 at the hatchery! 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, fishing, fly casting, photography hike, birding walk, wetlands exploration, search dog demo, mushroom workshop, exhibitors and lots more. Friends of Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery, Inc. will be giving away Northern Red Oaks and Paw Paw trees, while supplies last. Some events require pre-registration!

Contact: Ashley Buffington at 270-343-3797 or


Patuxent Research Refuge
Wildlife Loop Adventure Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, April 22 and April 29, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Using clues and locations, families and groups can drive the refuge's North Tract's Wildlife Loop and nearby trails to hunt for sculptured stones, mystery objects, plants and animals while learning about the history of North Tract and other recreational opportunities. A camera or cell phone that takes pictures is recommended. Arrive anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to begin your hunt and plan for 1-2 hours! Registration required and please let the refuge know your planned arrival time at that time. All ages welcome.

RSVP: 301-497-5887


Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge
Earth Day 2017
Saturday, April 22, 9:00 a.m.

Join the refuge at the Visitor Center for crafts, games and sustainability-themed fun to celebrate Earth Day!

Contact: Kathryn Nathenson at 978-440-0875 or

Refuge Fledgling Hour
Friday, April 28, 10:30 -11:30 a.m.

Nature themed program series that will include crafts, stories, and games or songs that will relate to a different topic each month. This month's theme will cover the life cycle of a yellow sSpotted salamander. Programs will be held the 4th Friday of every month for 2 to 5 year olds; siblings welcome.

Contact: Kathryn Nathenson at 978-440-0875 or

Intro to Vernal Pools for Kids
Friday, April 28, 4:00 p.m.

Warming temperatures and spring rains usher in a very special habitat type that is vital for the life-cycle of our amphibians and reptiles. Come join the refuge at the Visitor Center where we will learn more about our vernal pools and see some live animals! Registration is required.

RSVP: Kathryn Nathenson at 978-440-0875 or

Animal Adventures Live Animal Presentation
Saturday, April 29, 10:30 -11:30 a.m.

Parents and their children are invited to learn about animals that live in or along rivers during this special program at the Visitor Center. Animal Adventures will present a variety of animals that could live in the Assabet River, or in a river in South America or Madagascar. Learn about their habitats, diet, and other interesting facts! The program is free, but registration is required.

RSVP: 978-429-8284 or


Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge
Lower Detroit River Clean-up
Saturday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Join the refuge and Friends of the Detroit River for the Lower Detroit River Cleanup based at Rotary Park in Trenton, thanks to the support of the City of Trenton. Over the years, the clean-up has removed tons of trash from the lower river. The clean-up is 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 is served.

Contact: 734-288-3889 or

Monroe County Conservation District
Monroe County Earth Day
Saturday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Celebrate Monroe County’s environmental efforts and successes! There will be ongoing live music, speakers, exhibitors, workshops, give and take, tire amnesty, e-cycling, children’s activities, food and more! Sponsored by the Monroe County Conservation District and Northampton Community College (NCC) Monroe campus, the event will take place at NCC’s beautiful, new Monroe campus on Rt. 715 in Tannersville. Don’t miss it! Check out for more information.

Contact: 570-629-3060 or

Monroe County Health Department
Monroe County Earth Day Expo
Saturday, April 8, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The annual Monroe County Earth Day Expo, “Healthy Planet, Healthy You,” will be held at the Monroe County Community College Gerald Welch Health Education Building. It will promote local green living by emphasizing buying and living locally and educating residents on everyday actions they can take to help restore and protect our community and the Earth. The Earth Day Expo promotes sustainable living by educating residents on everyday actions to help restore and protect our planet. Activities are family-friendly and include prize drawings, entertainment, educational exhibits, crafts and activities for the whole family. Best of all, they are FREE! Also featured at the event will be environmental education efforts underway in local schools, including the Michigan Green Schools Program and a student project exploring our relationship to ecosystems and animals. For more information, visit:

Contact: 734-240-7909


Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge
Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Earth Day is a great time to celebrate wildlife and learn about our natural resources! Join the refuge for a day of guided hikes to learn about birding, wildflowers, wetlands, reptiles and amphibians, mushrooms and what makes the Loess Hills unique! Learn how you can help save the monarch butterfly with backyard native plants. Help control invasive species by pulling garlic mustard. See the winning 2017 Missouri Junior Duck Stamp artwork!

Contact: 660-442-3187

North Dakota
Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge
Earth Day Nature Walk
Saturday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

The Friends of the Souris Loop Refuges in partnership with the Souris River Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex invite you to join us for a nature and birding walk at Upper Souris National Wildlife Refuge. Enjoy the warm weather as we walk the trails looking for signs of wildlife while enjoying the sounds of spring. Activity tables and snacks will be provided as well. All ages welcome! If interested, please RSVP.

RSVP: 701-768-2548 or

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The Buzz About Bees, Pollinators, Birds and Natives

Saturday April 8, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Join the Service's Missouri Private Lands Office at the University of Missouri's Bradford Research Center to learn about native plants, habitats and species. There will be Missouri native plant and shrub vendors, informative booths and demonstrations.

Learn from indoor presentations on native plants for pollinators and beneficials: 10:00 a.m.: Growing Edible Mushrooms in Your Yard or Garden: You Can Do It, Gregory Ormsby Mori, University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry; 11:00 a.m.: The Buzz About Bees, Pollinators, Birds and Natives, Kelly Srigley-Werner, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and 12:00 noon: Soil Organisms in Different Environments/Milkweed and Nectar Plant Production with Mycorrhizae Hands, Terry Woods, University of Missouri, Field Operations.
Contact: Kelly Srigley Werner at 573-234-2132 ext. 112 or


New Jersey
Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
Earth Day Clean-up
Saturday, April 29, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Help clean up the environment and learn how the refuge protects, conserves and enhances habitat for fish and wildlife. The event will take place rain or shine. Volunteers will spread out along the refuge's eight-mile Wildlife Drive to clear the refuge of washed-up debris. This clean-up is co-sponsored by Galloway Township Clean Communities program. Pre-registration required.

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


New Mexico
Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Adopt-A-Highway Trash Pickup
Thursday, April 06, 2017, 8:00-11:30 am

Head to the refuge for an Earth Day Adopt-A-Highway trash pickup event. A light lunch and drinks will provided following the event at the Joseph R. Skeen Visitor Center.

Contact: 575-625-4011

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
Desert Arboretum Stroll 
Saturday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Marvel at cacti in full bloom as you leisurely stroll the paths of the Desert Arboretum. Experts will be available to explain how to cultivate Chihuahuan Desert plants around your home. Enjoy refreshments at the Friends House. No registration is required to attend this FREE event hosted by the Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, call for information.

Contact the refuge: Chris Lesser at (575) 835-1828 ext. 229

Contact the Friends Group: 575-838-2120 or

Canyon Hike 
Saturday, April 22, 8:15 - 11:15 a.m.

Explore a desert canyon with a naturalist during this free, two-mile round-trip hike on the Canyon National Recreation Trail. Search for wildlife, native plants and stories in the rock. Meet at the trailhead by 8:15 a.m. Reservations suggested but not necessary.

Contact the refuge: 575-835-1828 ext. 0

Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge
Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge
Hands-on-Activity Booths and Earth Day Celebration
Thursday, April 27, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Refuge staff and volunteers will be providing a native seeds and plant-pollinator interaction game and bee boxes for over 800 students at the Tierra Y Montes Soil and Water Conservation District event. Students will be introduced to the potential impacts of climate variation on plant-pollinator interactions through a "plant-pollinator" matching game. The kids will make stamps with different pollinator species on them to take home.

Contact: Rob Larrañaga at 505-235-8622 or

Northern New Mexico National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Climate Awareness Summit
April 22-29

Come experience the 1st ever Climate Awareness Summit at New Mexico Highlands University. Participate in a week long schedule of great events! On Saturday, April 29, at 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., view exhibits, booths and tables. Learn about how the Northern New Mexico National Wildlife Refuges are working with partners to advance conservation. This FREE event will give you time to visit with staff prior to enjoying refreshments and live music at 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Contact: Rob Larrañaga at 505-235-8622 or

Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge - San Lorenzo Canyon
Earth Day Clean-up
Saturday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Celebrate Earth Day! Join staff from refuge and Bureau of Land Management for a clean-up of San Lorenzo Canyon. Meet at canyon, three miles in at the Cottonwood grove.  A four-wheel drive or high-clearance vehicle recommended. The outing is free of charge. Dress for the weather and bring your lunch.

Contact: Jeannine Kimble at 505-864-4021 or

Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge
Abrazos: A Community Celebration of Environmental Justice
Saturday, April 22, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Come join the refuge for the 3rd annual Abrazos: Community Celebration of Environmental Justice. There will be free food, music, educational booths, kids activities and lots of opportunities to share with neighbors and work together for our community and environmental health. This is a partnership event between the refuge, Friends of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, Los Jardines Institute and Mountain View Neighborhood Association to bring community members together to celebrate environmental successes and to collaborate on creating a healthier community in the future. FREE admission.

Contact: Jennifer Owen-White at 505-248-6667 or


New York
Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge
Spring in Nature
April 22, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Join the refuge to welcome spring back to the swamp with a variety of nature-related exhibits, plus crafts and games for the kids. A bald eagle watch and live birds of prey are among the returning favorites. Don't forget to meet Puddles, the mascot of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Food will be available for purchase, but all activities are free!

Contact: Thomas Roster, 585-948-5445 ext. 7030 or


Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge
2017 Crystal and Birding Festival
Saturday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Bring the entire family to dig for the Oklahoma State Crystal, the selenite crystal of the refuge. There will be prizes awarded to participants that find the best specimens (you must register to be included in the judging), a light lunch and plenty of experienced crystal diggers to help you get started. Co-hosted by the Friends of Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge and Cherokee Main Street, this FREE event is the culmination of a weekend of activities in the area. Spend the afternoon on a hike at the Eagle Roost Nature Trail where refuge staff can help you get the most of your northwest Oklahoma visit to the refuge.

Contact: Shane Kasson at 580-626-4794 or

Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge
Earth Day Clean-up
Saturday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Join refuge staff and the Tishomingo Refuge Ecology & Education Society for the Annual Earth Day Trash Off event. Meet at the picnic pavilion (12000 South Refuge Rd.) at 9:00 a.m. to sign in. Participants are invited to bring a sack lunch and to stay on to visit with others at the pavilion after the event from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Dress for the weather, wear closed toed shoes or hiking boots, bring a water bottle. The refuge will provide gloves, trash bags and other tools to do the job. Participants will work in teams at areas identified in need. Invite your friends and family!

Contact: Joanne Ryan at 580-371-2402 or

Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge
Earth Day celebration
April 25-28, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Join this Earth Day celebration co-hosted by the refuge and the Comanche Country NRCS office. Youth gain a fun-filled day full of environmental education activities targeted at the 4th grade level. Topics range from Leave No Trace and fire preparedness to outdoor safety and watershed conservation.

Contact: D'Anna Laminack at 580-429-2193 or


John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
Darby Creek Clean-up
Saturday, April 15, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Join the refuge for the 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 clean-up 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: Erika Scarborugh at 215-365-3118 or

Earth Day Service
Saturday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. - 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.

RSVP: Corrin Omowunmi at 215-365-3118 or



U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Klamath Falls Earth Day Sustainapalooza
Saturday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Join the Service's Klamath Falls Fish and Wildlife Office for a community celebration of Earth Day hosted by the Great Outdoor Alliance and Klamath Sustainable Communities. There will be sustainability related demonstrations (including garden and recycling demonstrations/talks), non-point source pollution games, a seed swap and more. Start the day at 9:00 a.m. with Bike-tism. At 9:30 a.m., participants can take part in storm drain marking to mark sidewalk storm drains with "No Dumping" signs, teams that mark the most storm drains will win prizes. At 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, an Earth Day Fair will take place at Mills Elementary School where participants will learn about recycling, composting and gardening. Bring your seeds for a free seed swap. There will also be games and activities for the whole family. Other Sustainapalooza activities include a Native Garden Work Party at 10:00 a.m. at the Oregon Tech Native Garden and a benefit concert at 6:30 p.m. at the Gaucho Collective.

Contact the Service: Akimi King at 541-885-2515 or

Contact the Great Outdoor Alliance:


Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
Balcones Songbird Festival 2017

April 21 - 23

Join guided bird walks to identify the many species of birds in this region, including the golden-cheeked warbler and black-capped vireo. From the 2016 Songbird Festival, an attendee wrote: "Golden-cheeked warblers, Black-capped vireos and OMG there's a Painted Bunting!" These words were heard everywhere during the Balcones Songbird Festival. "Shhhhhhh, I can hear the Golden's call! Wait it's a male Golden cheek's song!" This event is hosted by the Friends of Balcones Canyonlands Refuge. Register online:

Contact: 512-466-6813 or

Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Caddo Lake Earth Day Paddling Regatta
Saturday, April 22, 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Come out to for the 5th annual Caddo Lake Earth Day Flotilla, a canoe and kayak paddle on Caddo Lake. To register, visit:

Contact the Cypress Basin Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist: 903-672-5524, 903-736-3063, 903-679-9817 or

Contact the refuge: Erik Duerkop 903-679-9144 or

Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge
Outdoor Crew Work Day
Saturday, April 22, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Show your love for nature! Join the Outdoor Crew at Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, sprucing up trails, trimming and removing brush, trash and general cleanup!

Contact Friends of Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge: 903-786-2826 or

Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge
Earth Day 2017
Saturday, April 22, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

In commemoration of Earth Day 2017, 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." In the wildlife experience the refuge will be featuring many critters ranging from earthworms, snakes, turtles and other animals that can be handled plus a booth about the Louisiana black bear. 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 Austin, Huston-Tillotson University
Saturday, April 22, 12:00 noon - 7:00 p.m.

Join the Service at Earth Day Austin (ATX) taking place at Huston-Tillotson University. Earth Day ATX is the largest sustainability event in Central Texas. Thousands from the Austin Area and beyond will come to learn about conservation and sustainable solutions and celebrate our love for the environment. Earth Day ATX is a zero waste event, which means there will be many opportunities to lower your carbon footprint, conserve, recycle and upcycle.

With family and friends, attendees explore rich, in-depth programming, exciting new activities and engaging exhibitions that allow them to discover new connections to the environment and environmental issues. For more information, visit:

Contact the Service: 512-490-0057 or
Contact Earth Day ATX: 512-535-0950 or info@earthdayaustin.com2

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Earth Day Houston

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

Visit the Service 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: Nancy Brown at 713-524-7330 x 207 or

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery
Earth Day Texas 2017
April 21-23, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

In commemoration of Earth Day 2017, 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
Texas Pollinator PowWow
May 5-7, all day

Join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and partners at the Nacogdoches Civic Center for the fifth annual Texas Pollinator PowWow. This Earth Day celebratory event provides opportunities to learn about Texas plants and their pollinators, as well as the conservation challenges they are facing, and how everyone can to help. This year's gathering features an acoustical bat walk and mist netting stations. There is also a Moth Night / Cat Walk. Learn about the connections between bears, zebra swallowtail butterfly and the common pawpaw tree and the importance to east Texas. A global art exhibit opens to the general public beginning May 5. Registration and admission fees.

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.

Contact: ​
Katie Boyer at 512-490-0057, ext 254 or

Carrie McLaughlin at 682-459-1684 or


Jones Hole National Fish Hatchery
Jr. Ranger Program/Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Join the hatchery at the junior ranger/Earth Day celebration event at the Dinosaur National Monument Quarry Exhibit Hall. The hatchery fish stocking truck with a tank that has viewing window will be on hand at the event and there will be Bonneville cutthroat trout (raised at hatchery!) in the tank. Staff will be talking about the hatchery’s native trout program, the trout life cycle and other information about trout.

Contact: 435-789-4481


Columbia River Gorge National Fish Hatchery Complex
Earth Day 2017
Wednesday, April 19, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

The students from New Vision School in Parkdale, Oregon, will be celebrating Earth Day 2017 by painting large wooden cut out fish that will adorn the fences at the Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery. Hatchery staff cut out the fish and students will creatively decorate them. These fish welcome visitors to the hatchery all summer long!

Contact: Cheri Anderson at 509-493-2934 or

Earth Day Clean-up
Friday, April 21, 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Celebrate Earth Day with a stream clean up along Jewett Creek in White Salmon, Washington. This is a collaborative effort with the local Conservation District, the Yakama Nation Fisheries Program and our office. Members of the community and fourth grade students from the White Salmon Intermediate School will pick up trash, remove invasive weeds and plant natives along the local stream.

Contact: Cheri Anderson at 509-493-2934 or

Wagons to Wildflowers
Saturday, April 22, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Celebrate Earth Day with Washington State Parks at the Columbia Hills State Park with Wagons to Wildflowers! The event is held at Dalles Mountain Ranch where visitors can take in sweeping views of the gorge, enjoy abundant wildflowers, living history interpretation, equestrian trails and learn more about macro-invertabrates along the eight-mile creek. Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery staff will be on hand for the macro-invertebrate exploration. This is a wonderful family event!

Contact: Cheri Anderson at 509-493-2934 or



Horicon National Wildlife Refuge
Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Join the refuge for ongoing nature crafts and grand opening of the Sense of Wonder Trail/Nature Play Area. There will be family activities along various stops along the trail. Enjoy the antics of Entertainer and Naturalist Dave Stokes and get hands on with frogs, turtles and more from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon and 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Free event sponsored by the Friends of Horicon National Wildlife Refuge.

Sunday, April 23, 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. Nest box hike at 1:00 p.m. Movie 2:00 p.m. (admission fee).

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



Last updated: April 20, 2017
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