Yes the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day flew by this past week, but the celebrations don't stop here.
Local businesses are carrying on with celebrations all weekend-long, plus, there are tons of ways to get your hands dirty with the whole family!
Earth Day Events
Through April 30
There is still time to register and log in your miles for the 50th Anniversary Virtual Earth Day 24,901 Run/Walk Challenge! The goal is to see how many miles you can run during the month of April (Earth Day Month)! Then, everyone can see how many times they can run 24,901 miles, together – it’s FREE! Or you can upgrade your registration and get an official Earth Day T-shirt, commemorative medal, eco-friendly stainless steel drinking straw and an Earth Day pack of wildflower seeds so you can help make a difference!
Saturday, April 25
Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum hosts a digital art and Earth Day celebration that includes a free yoga class, an arts and sustainability craft happy hour and virtual tours of the park and museum. Tours, walks and demonstrations will be streamed via Facebook Live and you can find a list of craft supplies for the day on the museum’s website: pyramidhill.org/art-earth-day.
The Covington Farmer’s Market will have their open-air market location in Roebling Point open – shop with your favorite local farmers and artisans! Everyone must use the designated entry/exit point from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. at 3rd and Court Streets. Check their Facebook event page for shopping tips, market maps, list of available products and more! Plus, enjoy the Farmers Market Music Series at home! Jessica Ann Graff will perform from 11 a.m.- 1 p.m. via Facebook Live.
Celebrate with the Kids
We are home, so lets teach our kids to love the Earth with these easy and fun activities!
Start a small garden
Not everyone has the means or space, however, you can simply begin with a vegetable starter plant kits (you can find these on Amazon) – try planting simple starter plants such as tomatoes and green beans.
The Zoo Has you Covered
Try one of these exciting activities provided by the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden: cincinnatizoo.org/events/party-for-the-planet-an-earth-day-celebration. This year, they are taking their #PartyforthePlanet virtual.
Paint Some Rocks
Kids love painting rocks! Find some cool rocks outside, and let the kids paint to their hearts desire. They can even give it a face and name their rock, too!
Take a Hike or Walk
We are already being good to their environment by driving less, so continue the trend and take the kids out for a walk around the neighborhood or go hike on a trail close by, while following social distancing rules of course!
Go on a Nature Scavenger Hunt
You can find free printables online or make your own scavenger sheet! Think sticks, rocks, flowers, dandelions … get creative! Whoever finds all of their nature items, wins! Then, use your collections to make a fun nature collage!
Clean up the Yard or Neighborhood
My kids love making our yard pretty! My oldest will find a piece of plastic from a mile away. Have the kids put on gloves, grab a bag, and get to it!
Make a Bird Feeder
Use recycled materials to make a bird feeder! We made one with toilet paper and paper towel rolls, string, pure maple syrup and bird seed! I was pleased to find all of the materials around the house (the kids will knock two birds out with one stone – reusing and taking care of nature! It’s a win win!) This one is easy to make, too!