Bay Area Earth Day Events
Children’s Earth Day/ Ocean Day – Come to a hands-on marine adventure with local environmental education groups, artists and ocean advocates. Sat., April 22. 11am-3pm. FREE. Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave. at E Street, San Rafael. 415-485-3328. falkirkculturalcenter.squarespace.comhttp://falkirkculturalcenter.squarespace.com.
Create-With-Nature Earth Day Celebration – Join in as community members and professional artists construct a sculpture using sand, rocks, shells, seaweed and other beach treasures. Work alone or in groups. Sun., April 23. 11am-3pm. FREE. South end of the beach, Stinson Beach. earthdaystinsonbeach.org.
Earth Day Service Projects – Clean up and restore Bothin Marsh, Corte Madera Creek or Hal Brown Park. All skill levels and ages are welcome (those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult). No experience necessary. Sat., April 22. 9am -12pm. FREE. myearthdaymarin.org.
Earth Day San Francisco – This event will include an Eco Teach-In with panel discussions and speakers, an organic celebrity chef showcase, organic and vegan food courts, wine and beer gardens, a clean energy zone, an electric vehicle showcase, a kids’ zone, a silent disco stage, a Summer of Love musical tribute and more. Sat., April 22. 10am-8pm. San Francisco Civic Center Plaza, 355 McAllister St. FREE. earthdaystreetfest.org.
Marine Science Institute Earth Day on the Bay – Touch live sharks, make arts and crafts, listen to the band the Hipwaders and climb aboard a 90-foot research vessel and set a net to sample what fish are swimming below. Sat., April 22. 10am- 5pm. FREE, but boat ride is $30. 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City. 650-364-2760. sfbaymsi.org.
Silicon Valley and South
Earth Day and Arbor Day Festival – This community event encourages neighbors, co-workers, classmates and families to take steps towards living sustainable lifestyles. Sat., April 22. 11am-3pm. FREE. Cupertino Civic Center. 10800 Torre Ave. cupertino.org.
Day of the Child – Enjoy a free day of bilingual arts and crafts, live entertainment, relay races and interactive booths. Sun., April 23. 12-4pm. FREE. Ramsay Park, 1301 Main St., Watsonville. cityofwatsonville.org.
Earth Day on the Bay – Touch live sharks, let the kids make arts and crafts, listen to the band the Hipwaders and climb aboard a 90-foot research vessel. Sat., April 22. 10am-5pm. FREE. Marine Science Institute, 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City. sfbaymsi.org/earthday.
Earth Day Santa Cruz – Live music, arts and crafts, kids zone, rock climbing wall, compost lecture and tumbling gymnastics for kids. Sat., April 22. 11am-4pm. FREE. San Lorenzo Park, 137 Dakota St. scearthday.org.
Grassy Garden Gnomes – Make your own gnome and watch it sprout hair. Various dates hrough April 27. FREE. See website for San Jose library locations. sjpl.org.
The Lorax – Celebrate Earth Day with a reading of The Lorax. Make your own truffula tree. Various dates April 15-28. FREE. See website for San Jose library locations. sjpl.org.
Thank You Earth – Create Earth mandalas, enjoy games and participate in a poetry reading. Register online. Sat., April 22. 1-3pm. $10 parking, admission FREE. Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills. hiddenvilla.org.
Walking in the Spirit of John Muir – On this leisurely walk, you’ll learn more about how Muir experienced the world and why he continues to be an inspiration to nature lovers. Sun., April 23. 9am-12:30pm. FREE. Monte Bello Preserve, Los Gatos. openspace.org.
Action for Wildlife! – Celebrate Earth Day at the zoo with a variety of hands-on Earth stations presented by Bay Area animal and environmental organizations, play with a gigantic Earth ball, get your face painted and watch a trapeze show. Sat., April 15. 10am-3pm. $18.75 adults, $14.75 ages 2-14, members and under 2 FREE. Oakland Zoo, 9777 Golf Links Road. 510-632-9525, ext. 122. oaklandzoo.org.
Oakland Earth Day – Celebrate Earth Day by joining thousands of volunteers to help clean, green and beautify creeks, streets and parks throughout Oakland. Times vary. Sat., April 22. 9am-12pm. FREE. Multiple locations in Oakland, go to website for more information. 510-238-7611. oaklandearthday.com.
Contra Costa County
John Muir Birthday/Earth Day – Celebrate John Muir's 179th birthday, the 46th anniversary of Earth Day and the 60th anniversary of the John Muir Association with live music, activities for kids and other entertainment. Sat., April 22. 10am-4pm. FREE. John Muir National Historic Site, 4202 Alhambra Ave., Martinez. 925-228-8860. johnmuirassociation.org/php/bday-earthday/bday-earthday.php.
Earth Day Diablo Foothills – Support the regional parks by volunteering to remove invasive plants and help create a healthy habitat. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Please register. Sat., April 22. 8:30am-12pm. FREE. Diablo Foothills Regional Park, Meet at Orchard Staging Area, 1700 Castle Rock Road, Walnut Creek. 510-544-3086. ebparks.org.