Earth Day is right around the corner! Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, educator, or faith leader, there’s no better way to celebrate Earth Day with children than outdoors. Enjoy the environment around you together, whether it’s on the playground, in your local park, or in your own backyard.
The Network has announced “Trees for the Earth” - a commitment to plant 7.8 billion trees around the world by the year 2020. That’s one tree for every person on Earth! To help achieve this lofty goal, the Network asks communities around the world to plant trees, donate, and spread the word using social media.
Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, educator, or faith leader, there’s no better way to celebrate Earth Day with children than outdoors. Enjoy the environment around you together, whether it’s on the playground, in your local park, or in your own backyard.
Here are some fun ways that we came up with to teach kids what helping the environment is really all about:
Planting Trees: Plan a tree-planting event with your family, classroom, or youth group. It’s an easy, hands-on way for kids to connect with nature, as well as an opportunity to present an outdoor lesson about how trees help the environment, ecosystems, and humans! Caring for the trees is an activity that teachers can carry through the rest of the school year, or a tradition that you can start at home with your family.
Recycle Relay: Recycling can be daunting, and at times confusing when it comes to different materials. Turn recycling into a game to get children interested and excited! Presenting recycling as a game will also help kids remember what can and can’t be recycled, and instill environmental stewardship values in them at a young age.
Field trip to State or National Park: If you have a state or national park in your area, there’s no better day to take a field trip and enjoy everything spring has to offer in your part of the country. Luckily, Earth Day falls during National Park Week, so many national and state parks will be offering free admission! How cool is that?
Climate Education Toolkit and Ecological Footprint quiz: The Earth Day Network website has a rich selection of resources to help you educate and plan events to participate on the 22nd. Don’t just take our word for it. Explore www.earthday.org for yourself to see everything the organization has to offer.
Storytime with Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax: Never underestimate the inspiring nature of stories. While there are plenty of books about conservation out there, there are none so iconic as The Lorax. This book is perfect for toddlers and the elementary school level. Have your class bring picnic blankets from home, and have an outdoor story time event at your school!
Did you know that American Parks Company also cares about our environment?
We supply lots of products that are made by repurposing used materials. The Recycled Material Equipment is made out of recycled HDPE plastic materials, like milk jugs. Rubber mulch as a safety surfacing for playgrounds also diverts tires from landfills and gives them a second life as a useful product. Rubber mulch actually makes the most effective safety surfacing, absorbing the highest impact of all the approved materials.
So, what Earth Day activities have you thought of? Do you have a special tradition that you already practice each year with your community or loved ones?