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
Alaska Zoo
Saturday, April 21, 10:00 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 21, 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 Promise@anchoragespromise.org

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Alaska Zoo – International Migratory Bird Day
 
Sunday, May 20, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 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.

Contact: Tamara Zeller at 907-786-3517 or tamara_zeller@fws.gov

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Potter Marsh Discovery Day - Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, June 2, 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: Joe Meehan at 907-267-2281 or joe.meehan@alaska.gov

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Arkansas
Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery
Earth Day Festival
Saturday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The hatchery along with the Friends of the Hatchery will host the annual Earth Day Festival in the lawn behind the Aquatic Conservation Center. Join in a day filled with conservation/nature related arts and crafts, wildflower activities, animal habitat activities and more.

Contact: 870-625-3912 or mammothspring@fws.gov 

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California
Coleman Fish Hatchery Friends Group 
Whole Earth & Watershed Festival in Redding
Saturday, April 21, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Whole Earth and Watershed Festival is an annual, community-wide celebration of Earth Day featuring activities, exhibits, live music and local food that will delight and inspire people of all ages. This annual event demonstrates our commitment as both individuals and as a community to work together for the health and livability of the north state region and our planet.

Contact: 530-365-8622 or friendsofcoleman@gmail.com 

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Earth Day Cleanup on Stewardship Saturday
Saturday, April 21, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon

If you are interested in improving the refuge for visitors and for wildlife alike, join us at the Visitor Center for a community service project. We will do either a trash cleanup or a planting/weeding project. Dress appropriately for the task and for the weather. We will have gloves to lend and will provide the tools. Bring your own water bottle. Meet in the parking lot at the Visitor Center. Driving an additional 2.5 miles may be required since the project may be at a different location. Register online

Contact: 510-792-0222 ext. 361

Earth Day Restoration Work Day on Earth Day
Saturday, April 21, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Interested in volunteering at the refuge? Come out for a restoration work day in preparation for the spring season! The team will be working in the Butterfly Garden and surrounding trails. Work will include weeding, mulching and planting native plants. This is a great opportunity for middle, high, and college students to gain volunteer hours. Great for scout groups and families as well! All ages and skill levels are welcome to join. Gloves and tools are provided. Bring a lunch to enjoy after. Reservations required. Register online.

Contact: Hope Presley at 408-262-5513 ext. 104

Oxnard Earth Day Festival

Saturday, April 14, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The City of Oxnard joins in the global celebration of Earth Day. 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. Oxnard’s Earth Day is a fun event for children with many activities planned just for them. The city is pleased to feature “EarthCapades,” an environmental vaudeville show that effectively weaves comedy and circus skills with clear lessons about Earth science and positive environmental choices to demonstrate that Every Day is Earth Day! Many of the environmental exhibit booths will have hands-on activities. Various community organizations will provide information on everything from protecting threatened and endangered wildlife through conservation to earth-friendly gardening practices. Admission is free.

Contact: Trish Honigsberg at 805-385-7928 or Trish.Honigsberg@oxnard.org

Pacifica Beach Coalition
Earth Day of Action & EcoFest
Saturday, April 21, 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. Each year, an educational theme focuses on wildlife protection to promote, inspire and learn about important ways to protect our ecosystem. 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 info@pacificabeachcoalition.org

San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Day at the Docks – It’s All About San Diego Sportfishing!

Sunday, April 15, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

A San Diego sportfishing tradition, The Port Of San Diego’s Day At The Docks is the West Coast’s largest public celebration of sportfishing. Signaling the official start of Southern California’s spring saltwater fishing season, this annual event provides marine attractions for the whole family, and especially the sportfishing enthusiast. Refuge staff will have an exhibitor booth to show people how they can visit their refuges, where they can fish and information on how to help injured or stranded wildlife.

Contact: 619-234-8793 or sdfish@sportfishing.org

Earth Day with Living Coast Discovery Center
Saturday, April 21, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Celebrate Earth Day with refuge staff and the Living Coast Discovery Center by participating in interactive activities throughout the refuge trails and inside the discovery center. Regular admission is required for the Discovery Center. Activities outside on the trails are FREE! The Service is also celebrating World Fish Migration Day with activities for the whole family - learn about the importance of the refuge for migrating fish, and how you can help them!

Contact: Lisa Cox at 619-476-9150 ext. 106 or lisa_cox@fws.gov

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Celebrate Earth Day with the Service's Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office. Come care for the Earth with a morning of native plantings. The public is invited to catch the spirit of Earth Day this year by helping clean up the unique home of Yreka’s own native phlox. The work party will start at 9 a.m. and includes a potluck lunch at 1 p.m. and a guided tour afterward. Meet at the Chinese cemetery kiosk . Clean-up will entail the removal of broken glass, trash and litter at the natural rock garden located above the old Chinese Cemetery and overlooking town. Tree seedlings will also be thinned and water bars installed to reduce ATV damage, so sturdy gloves, durable shoes and sun hat are advised. Live music, a raffle and kite flying are planned to round out the day’s activities. Bring a favorite kite!

Contact: Sheri Hagwood at 530-841-3126 or sheri_hagwood@fws.gov

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Earth Day Ecofest in Ventura
Saturday, April 21, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Earth Day Eco Fest is one of the most popular Earth Day celebrations in the Ventura and Santa Barbara county area. Visitors will be treated to free family-friendly entertainment, education and eco-friendly exhibitor booths. This popular Earth Day celebration will feature live, family-fun entertainment and music on two stages, over 90 eco-friendly exhibitors and vendors, at a beautiful beachfront park and boardwalk setting. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host a fun and educational booth for adults and kids about rare wildlife in Southern California.

Contact: 805-570-0265 or info@venturaearthday.org

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
EarthFair

Sunday, April 22, 9:00 a.m.  - 4:00 p.m.

Partner organizations, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be hosting booths at San Diego EarthWork's 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 info17@earthdayweb.org

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Godwit Days

Saturday, April 21 – 22,

Hundreds of people will come to Arcata to celebrate the spring bird migration at the annual Godwit Days. The Arcata Fish and Wildlife Office will host an outreach table at the festival located at the Arcata Community Center. Staff from the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge will host guided tours at the refuge.

Contact: 707-826-7050 or godwitdaysreg@yahoo.com

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration: Iipay Nation of Sana Ysabel
Saturday, June 2, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

The Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel will celebrate Earth Day at the Santa Ysabel gathering grounds. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host a booth at the celebration.

Contact: Alison Anderson at 760-271-4167 or alison_anderson@fws.gov or Andrew Pittman at ajpittman25@gmail.com

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Los Angeles Zoo Wild for the Planet Festival
Saturday, April 29 & May 12, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Los Angeles Zoo’s Wild for the Planet kicks off Earth Day with daily spotlights on the importance of protecting the planet and its animals. Adults and youngsters can enjoy a day at the Zoo, home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered, with special opportunities, entertainment, information and tips about everyday ways to sustain and preserve.   The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host a fun and educational booth for adults and kids alike about rare wildlife in Southern California.

Contact: 323-644-4200

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Reno Earth Day
Sunday, April 22, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Join the Service’s Reno Fish and Wildlife Office at the annual FREE Reno Earth Day at Idlewild Park. A “Great Basin Flora and Fauna” themed booth will showcase local animal skull/fur/scat/track replicas, sage grouse masks and information on pollinators. The park is filled each year with new activities and programs to increase outreach, engagement with the community/region and retention of knowledge that carries over into everyday practices. Explore educational exhibits, non-profit organizations, arts and crafts and local businesses. Many are offering workshops, special topic themed areas and interactive activities. Enjoy several stages with local live music and dance, food and drinks, and games and prizes for everyone.

Contact is Michelle Hunt: 775-861-6341 or michelle_hunt@fws.gov

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Sacramento Earth Day: What’s the Buzz
Saturday, April 22, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office will host a table at the annual Sacramento Earth Day festival. Around 150 organizations and businesses will be exhibiting a multitude of practical information, goods and services that cultivate a healthier, greener way of living. You’ll also find a variety of fun activities to enjoy for the whole family, including live music, interactive educational games and a kids’ area.

Contact: 916-444-0022 or office@ecosacramento.net

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The Living Desert Earth Day Event
Sunday, April 22, 9:00 - 12:00 noon

Protect our planet and join The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in honoring Earth Day. This year’s celebration includes discounted admission, giveaways, zero waste activities and the chance to win a free bicycle.

Contact: Vince James at 760-322-2070 x415 or vincent_james@fws.gov

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Colorado
Coleman National Fish Hatchery
Earth Day Fair
Friday, April 20, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Coleman National Fish Hatchery and its volunteers will host a fun and educational booth for both adults and children at the Earth Day Fair at Win-River Resort and Casino. The volunteer group will be providing hands-on activities for children, and staff from the hatchery will be present to answer questions related to fish rearing and release in the Sacramento River system.  This free, one-day, event showcases many different vendors from the local area with an emphasis on environmental education and sustainability.

Contact: 530-365-8622

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Delaware
Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge
Jr. Rangers Learn about: Gardening for Wildlife 
Saturday, April 21, 2018   9:30 am - 12:00 noon

Happy Earth Day Weekend! New and returning children (7-11 years old) are invited to attend this event. Learn how to create a natural wildlife garden using native plants. Learn how you can make a difference for wildlife by providing food, water, cover and a place to raise their young- right in your own backyard. Each family participating will receive a kit to make a plant press. Space is limited. Call to register.

Contact: Tina Watson at 302-653-9345 or tina_watson@fws.gov 

Tour of the Refuge

Sunday, April 22, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

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

Contact: 302-653-9345 

Tour of the Refuge

Sunday, April 29, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

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

Contact: 302-653-9345 

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District of Columbia
Department of the Interior
2018 Earth Day: End Plastic Pollution
Wednesday, April 25, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
(Rain date: April 26)

The Department of the Interior, Office of Personnel Management and General Services Administration invite you to the 2018 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 Lajuan_Randolph@ios.doi.gov 

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Florida
J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge

Earth Day at the Refuge
Saturday, April 21, 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 morning’s highlights include earth-friendly, upcycled crafts to take home and a ranger-led bike tour. Throughout the day, guests can meet Bagzilla, a “bag monster” dressed in the average person’s annual plastic bag consumption, and take advantage of free bike rentals from Tarpon Bay Explorers, located 2 miles south of the “Ding” Darling Visitor & Education Center. In the afternoon, watch the award-winning film STRAWS, a 30-minute documentary about plastic straw litter and how we can make a sea of change - one straw at a time. Receive a free paper straw! For more information, visit: https://www.dingdarlingsociety.org/events/earth-day-at-the-refuge?eventDate=2018-04-21.

Contact: 239-472-1100 or dingdarling@fws.gov

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Idaho
Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge
Earth Day Work Day
Saturday, April 21, 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 work gloves and water. Wear clothes appropriate for the weather and that you don't mind getting dirty. Wear close-toed shoes. 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 deerflat@fws.gov!

Contact: 208-467-9278 or deerflat@fws.gov 

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Indiana
Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge
Earth Day Clean-up 
Saturday, April 14, 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. Meet at the Visitors Centers at 9:00 a.m.

Contact: 812-522-4352 or muscatatuck@fws.gov 

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Iowa
Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge
Earth Day Restoration

Saturday, April 21, 9:00 - 12:00 noon

In honor of Earth Day, the refuge invites volunteers to help with restoration of the tallgrass prairie. The refuge has recently acquired some property that needs some work to prepare it for prairie restoration. Groups and individuals are welcome! A FREE lunch will be provided by the Friends of Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge. Pre-registration is required by April 18.

Contact: 515- 994-3400 or nealsmith@fws.gov 

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Kentucky
Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery
Earth Day 2017
Saturday, April 21, 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 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 white oak or hazelnut trees, while supplies last. Some events require pre-registration!

Contact: Ashley Buffington at 270-343-3797 or ashley_buffington@fws.gov 

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Massachusetts
Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge
Speaker Series: On Silent Wings – The Magic of the Snowy Owl
Sunday, April 22, 2:00 p.m.

Join the refuge for a talk about snowy owls. During the winter of 2013-2014, award-winning Massachusetts wildlife photographer Peter Christoph spent 14 full days along the Atlantic coast following the movements of a few snowy owls during their winter migration to the beaches of Salisbury, Hampton and Plum Island. They flew quite a distance from their home on the frozen tundra in the high Arctic and Peter was there to capture these rare and intimate photographs of the snowy owls taken in their winter habitat.

Contact: Jared Green at 978-579-4028 or jared_green@fws.gov

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Michigan
Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge
Lower Detroit River Clean-up
Saturday, April 21, 9:00 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 river@detroitriver.org

Monroe County Conservation District
Monroe County Earth Day
Saturday, April 21, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Celebrate Monroe County’s environmental efforts and successes for Earth Day! 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!

Contact: 570-629-3060 or dsmccd@ptd.net

Monroe County Health Department

Monroe County Earth Day Expo
Saturday, April 14, 11:00 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 in the Gerald Welch Health Education Building. Earth Day Expo is family-friendly and includes prize drawings, entertainment, educational exhibits, crafts and activities for children. Also featured at the event will be environmental education efforts underway in local schools, including the Michigan Green Schools Program, a student project exploring Dinosaurs of the Great Lakes and more! Best of all, it’s all FREE!
visit: http://www.greenmonroecounty.com.

Contact: Dan Rock at 734-240-7909 or dan_rock@monroemi.org

Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge
Earth Day Clean-Up
Saturday, April 14, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Volunteers are requested to assist in a refuge wide Earth Day clean-up. Come lend a hand and keep Saginaw beautiful. The event is free and is open to all ages. Light refreshments will be provided proceeding clean-up. Wear close-toe shoes, long sleeves and pants. Bring gloves and wear clothing that you don't mind getting dirty. Individuals and groups are welcome to sign up. RSVP is optional.

Contact: 989-759-1669 or shiawassee@fws.gov

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Missouri
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
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Montana
Creston Fish & Wildlife Center
Earth Day Clean-Up
Wednesday, April 25, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

Celebrate Spring and Earth Day by cleaning up Creston Hatchery Road and the trails of the Creston Fish & Wildlife Center. Bring work gloves and wear shoes that can get wet. Volunteers welcome. Refreshments will be served after the clean-up.

Contact: Mark Maskill at 406-758-6870 or mark_maskill@fws.gov.

Flathead Valley Earth Day 2018
Saturday, April 21, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Join the Creston Fish & Wildlife Center at the Flathead Valley Earth Day 2018, a free community festival, in celebrating all things “green.” Hands-on activities and craft booths hosted by local conservation groups, non-profits and businesses will be based on each of the Earth Day themes: Grow It, Fix It, Save It and Live It. Stop by the Creston Fish & Wildlife Center booth as you enjoy local food trucks, live music, classroom workshops, and more. This free community celebration is made possible by Citizens for a Better Flathead and community sponsors.

Contact: Cheyenne Owens at 406-758-6883 or cheyenne_owens@fws.gov

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New Jersey
Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
Earth Day Clean-up
Saturday, April 28, 8:00 - 11:30 a.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 is suggested.

Contact: Amanda Calabrese at 609-652-1665 ext. 7110 or amanda_calabrese@fws.gov

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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 14, 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.

Contact: 575-838-2120 or friends@sdc.org 

Canyon Hike

Saturday, April 21, 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

Marsh Hike
Saturday, April 21, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.

On this free, 1.5 mile, round-trip hike, listen for wildlife and search for colors of wildflowers. Meet at the Marsh Overlook/Boardwalk Trailhead, located along the South Loop at 8:30 a.m. Reservations suggested but not necessary.

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

Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge
Los Pinos Rim Cactus Hike
Saturday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m
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Explore Sevilleta on this strenuous hike along the rim of Los Pinos. Join staff and naturalist on a search for amazing cactus blooms. Hiking will be strenuous, over uneven terrain. Dress for the weather, bring plenty of drinking water, lunch, and a camera for a day of breathtaking views and fun! Pack your lunch and grab your hiking stick! Reservations are required for this FREE Event, as spots fill fast.

Contact: Jeannine Kimble at 505-864-4021 or jeannine_kimble@fws.gov 

Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge
Earth Day Clean-up
Saturday, April 28, 9:00 a.m.

Flower power! Join a volunteer naturalist on this wildflower hike! This is a slow moving, moderate hike exploring the refuge's colorful wildflowers. Join a volunteer naturalist on this wildflower hike!  Grab your hiking pole, lace up your boots and join us for this slow moving moderate hike. No reservations required for this free event.  Meet at the refuge Visitor Center.

Contact: Jeannine Kimble at 505-864-4021 or jeannine_kimble@fws.gov 

Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge
Abrazos: A Community Celebration of Environmental Justice
Saturday, April 21, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Come join the refuge for the annual Abrazos: Community Celebration of Environmental Justice. The theme of the event this year is “Embracing the health of our bodies, community, and lands.” 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: 505-248-6667 or valledeoro@fws.gov

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New York
Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge
Spring in Nature
April 28, 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, fishing demos and games for the kids. Bird feeder/nesting platform construction, viewing of live birds of prey, archery games and face painting are among the returning favorites. Don't forget to meet Puddles, the blue goose mascot of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Please do not bring pets; service animals are welcome. Food will be available for purchase and all activities and parking are free!

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North Dakota
University of Missouri
Native Plant Sale

Saturday April 14, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Head to 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.
 
Contact: Andrew Biggs at 573-884-7945 or BiggsA@missouri.edu

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Oklahoma
Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge
Birding and Crystal Festival
Saturday, April 28, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m
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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: Colby Watts at 580-626-4794 or colby_wyatt@fws.gov

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Oregon
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Garden Work Party

Saturday, April 21, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Join the Klamath Falls Fish and Wildlife Office staff for a monarch butterfly talk at 10:00 a.m. and then afterwards volunteers will plant native pollinator plants and clean up the nature trail. Meet at Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) on the west side of campus next to Miller Hall (small trailer). Bring water, gloves, wear closed toed shoes and dress in layers. Light refreshments, milkweed seed and pollinator plants will be provided to volunteers when done.

Contact: Akimi King at 541-885-2515 or akimi_king@fws.gov

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Klamath Falls Earth Day Sustainapalooza
Saturday, April 21, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Join the fun for a community celebration of Earth Day hosted by the Service's environmental education partner, The Great Outdoor Alliance. The highlight of this year's event is a Storm Drain Art Competition throughout downtown Klamath Falls. Vote for a favorite storm drain, plant a seedling, enjoy sustainability-related demonstrations, a trash scavenger hunt, non-point source pollution games and more! Klamath Falls Subaru will bring their TerraCycle boxes, so bring your Kcups, chip bags and paper coffee cups with lids to properly recycle, too.   

Other community 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: Janelle Walters at 530-667-2231 or Janelle_Walters@fws.gov or GreatOutdoorAlliance@gmail.com

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Pennsylvania
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
Darby Creek Clean-up
Saturday, April 14, 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. Join us for the best time you'll ever have getting dirty! Refuge staff and volunteers of all ages are invited to join us for some spring cleaning of Darby Creek, and integral part of the Delaware River Watershed. Bags, gloves, and lunch provided to all volunteers! Please come prepared to get off trail and get dirty!The Darby Creek Clean-up is a great opportunity for individuals, families, groups, organizations and companies to volunteer their time in stewardship of public lands. Volunteers are an essential, and much-appreciated part of sustaining the refuge for future generations to enjoy!

Contact: 215-365-3118 or johnheinznwr@fws.gov

Earth Day Service

Saturday, April 14, 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. Please RSVP and complete the online waiver form.

Contact: 1-888-SCA-EVENTS or events@thesca.org

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Texas
Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
Balcones Songbird Festival 2017

April 27 – 29, 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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 jane@friendsofbalcones.org

Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Caddo Lake Earth Day Paddling Regatta 
Saturday, April 21, 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Come out to for the annual Caddo Lake Earth Day Flotilla, a canoe and kayak paddle on Caddo Lake hosted by the Cypress Basin Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist. Register online.

Contact: 903-672-5524, 903-736-3063, 903-679-9817 or 2018cbtmnflotilla@gmail.com

Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge
The Refuge Rocks - For ages 4 - 7

Saturday, April 21, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Oh Deer! Get ready for fascinating deer facts - these mammals can run, leap and swim - the males have antlers and the young have spots! Where do they live and what do they eat? Free nature activity for children ages 4 - 7, includes stories, crafts and more. Parents accompany the children. Please register each child who will be attending. Hosted by the Friends of Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge.

Contact: 903-786-2826 or friendsofhagermannwr@gmail.com 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Earth Day Austin, Huston-Tillotson University
Saturday, April 21, 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.

Contact: 512-535-0950 or info@earthdayaustin.com2

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Earth Day Houston

Sunday, April 22, 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 Discovery Green 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!

Contact: Nancy Brown at 713-524-7330 x 207 or nancy_brown@fws.gov

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery
Earth Day Texas 2018

April 20-22, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

In commemoration of Earth Day, 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.

Contact: Lesli Gray at lesli_gray@fws.gov

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Utah
Garrison Dam National Fish Hatchery
Earth Day Festival 2018
Thursday, April 19, 2018, 9:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Join the hatchery for an Earth Day celebration!

Contact: Toni Ganje at 701-654-7451 or toni_ganje@fws.gov 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Earth Day
Saturday, April 21, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Celebrate Spring and Earth Day by touring the pollinator gardens planted around the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum and talking about ways to attract pollinators (birds, butterflies, bees) to your own yard. Learn how to make origami flowers, and will be able to take your artwork home with you!  Meet in front of the Museum. Sponsored by the Uinta Basin Birds & Butterflies group, a partnership between natural resource managers, including the Service, and local citizens.

Contact: Mary Beth Bennis at 435-789-3799 ext. 22 or marybethbennis@utah.gov

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Wisconsin
Horicon National Wildlife Refuge 
Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 21, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Join the refuge for the annual Earth Day Celebration and the enjoy Sense of Wonder Trail/Nature Play Area. There will be family activities along various stops along the trail, including nature crafts, making a recycled musical instrument and a sing-a-long. 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.

Contact: Erin Railsback at 920-387-2658 ext. 124 or erin_railsback@fws.gov

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Last updated: April 20, 2018
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