Earth Day
Conserving the Nature of America


  The annual Kid’s Fishing Derby at Dworshak National Fish Hatchery in Idaho.Credit: USFWS
The annual Kidís Fishing Derby at Dworshak National Fish Hatchery in Idaho.Credit: USFWS

Earth Day remains a day to honor our planet and build a healthy environment for future generations. We are providing helpful information for you and for families – there is plenty that can be done at home! The linked pages have updates on planned dates and events. Then, head over to check out our list of virtual activities.

The vast majority of fish and wildlife habitat is on non-Federal lands. The Partners for Fish and Wildlife, Partners in Flight, Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council and other partnership activities are the main ways we foster aquatic conservation and assist voluntary habitat conservation and restoration.

Here is a list from our partners of a few ways to celebrate Earth Day every day.

Building Conservation Leaders. The Student Conservation Association’s mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land. SCA organizes single-day conservation service projects all over the country, all year long, from national wildife refuges and national parks, to historic sites and urban green spaces.

Harnessing Latino Passion for the Outdoors & Conservation. The Hispanic Access Foundation, creators of Latino Conservation Week, supports community efforts to get Latinos and others outdoors to recreate and participate in activities and events that promote and protect our natural resources.  You can host or participate in an event during the week of July 18-26, 2020

Plant a tree. Create habitat for forest and other tree-dwelling critters by plant a tree on National Arbor Day, April 24, 2020. Learn more from the Arbor Day Foundation on how to plant a tree in your community.

Walk a trail. National Trails Day, June 6, 2020, inspires the public and trail enthusiasts nationwide to seek out their favorite trails to discover, learn about, and celebrate trails while participating in educational exhibits, trail dedications, gear demonstrations, instructional workshops and trail work projects.

Stop aquatic hitchhikers. If you enjoy aquatic recreation, you’re not alone. Millions annually participate in boating, fishing, jet skiing or sailing and travel extensively in pursuit of new opportunities. Unfortunately these activities have been linked to the spread of invasive aquatic speciesBe part of the solution in preventing the spread of these harmful aquatic species.

Lucero Perez participates in a wetland planting as part of a Youth Conservation Corps summer program for tribal youth in Montana. Credit: USFWS  
Lucero Perez participates in a wetland planting as part of a Youth Conservation Corps summer program for tribal youth in Montana. Credit: USFWS

Plan a fishing trip. Fishing generates tremendous economic benefit to local communities. Revenues generated by anglers are distributed by the Service and spent by state resource agencies on aquatic habitat enhancement, fishing and boating access, education, and invasive species eradication. National Fishing and Boating Week, June 6-14, 2020, is a national celebration of fishing and boating, coinciding with most state’s free fishing days.

Visit a park. Celebrate National Park Week on June 18-26, 2020. Looking for something fun, free, and fantastic to do with family and friends? Head out to America's national parks where millions of stars light up the dark night sky, deer and antelope (and a few other critters!) play on the wide open range, and history is an unbelievable experience, not an exam.

Plant native. Grow native wildflowers! Going native can help the bees and butterflies that spread pollen from plant to plant, helping plants bear seeds and fruit. Native plants are also adapted to local conditions and to other species’ needs.

Get outdoors! National Get Outdoors Day on June 13, 2020, encourages healthy, active outdoor fun for families to experience traditional and non-traditional types of outdoor activities. National Get Outdoors Day helps our children seek out healthy, active outdoor lives and to embrace our refuges, our parks, our forests and other public lands and waters.

Reach out to a student. National Environmental Education Week on April 20-24, 2020, the nation's largest environmental education event, inspires environmental learning and stewardship among K-12 students. EE Week connects educators with environmental resources to promote K-12 students' understanding of the environment. EE Week is a program of the National Environmental Education Foundation.

Calculate your carbon footprint. Calculate your individual (and household) contributions to greenhouse gas emissions. The Nature Conservancy and U.S. EPA both offer tools for carbon footprint calculator that estimate how many tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases your choices create each year.

Forest restoration. The Conservation Fund’s carbon projects with national wildlife refuges focus on restoring native forestlands. As forests are restored and the trees grow, they can increase the land’s ability to store water, as well as decrease floods in communities downstream. They also help to filter excess nutrients from the water such as agricultural fertilizers, improving the water quality and clarity. Calculate your carbon footprint.

Here are some additional partner links with more resources and Earth Day events.

Earth Day Network
Environmental Protection Agency
World Wildlife Fund

Last updated: April 16, 2020
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