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Earth Day Events

Updated on February 26, 2013

Do You Know Any Earth Day Events?

Earth Day is an annual event, held on April 22nd. Earth Day is a worldwide celebration to honor the gifts of our Earth and spread environmental awareness.

Events can be virtual and involve people from across the globe to local events with your neighborhood community. In some events, attendees are treated to eco-friendly activities, local foods, and an opportunity to meet like-minded "tree huggers" (so to speak).

My involvement with environmental issues has increased with my awareness of our Earth's problems. You may be think that it isn't a huge concern, or that there isn't anything that one person can do. Did you realize that we only have ONE planet?

We live on Earth, and if we destroy what's here .... yeah, where will we go? That's my motivation, and I plan to do my part in helping Earth, spreading awareness, and creating a healthier planet for the next generation.

Are you planning on attending an Earth Day event? I'll share a story on one of my favorite Earth Day festivals and tell you how to find Earth Day events, like the global Earth Day Birthday event.

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Earth Day Events: Festivals

Kid Friendly Tips on Green Festivals

The Green Thumb Festival in St. Petersburg is one of my family's favorite places to go. Held on the last weekend in April, the festival boasts area vendors, kids activities, informational speakers, and more. The Green Thumb Festival celebrates Arbor Day and Earth Day.

On my first visit, my best friend and I took our young boys. Held at a local city park, Walter Fuller Park, we thought it'd be a fun way to look at some plants and maybe buy some plants to start a butterfly garden.

The festival sold plants of all kinds ... I fell in love with a gorgeous, pink rose bush, in various stages of bloom. Oh, the sweet scent. And the blooms were as big as my palm.

We admired flowering vines, grasses, and fruit trees, like a Black Sapote tree, with fruit that tastes like chocolate pudding. My yard wouldn't have enough room for it to grow properly. I asked.

Vendors also included eco-friendly products and art. My friend loves sea glass, and we found an artist with beautiful jewelry made from sea glass. She bought a purple-hued circular stone, with a hemp chain. The artist lives locally, and we only found her because of the festival.

Another artist took toss aluminum and made yard spinners. Gorgeous prints of local flowers and animals lined one stall; the photographer framed close-up views of a butterfly, marigolds, a ladybug, and more. Her backyard was her studio, and she took all her photos on blooming plants at her house.

The kids loved their activities too. They watched a live science show on gravity, colored reminder sticks on local watering schedule, and planted their own cup of grass.

Since the festival was held in the local park, the playground was accessible when the kids needed running around time. They stopped at a butterfly display, which showed their transformations from caterpillars to butterflies.

Butterfly terrariums were made of mesh, and popped up from flat storage to a temporary home for your butterfly. Similar terrariums were made for ladybugs. The temporary housing allowed people to care for the butterfly and ladybug until the time of their release into nature.

We had a blast. The Green Thumb Festival is an annual event, held the last weekend in April. It's amazing to think how big the festival has grown, just in the last few years we started attending with the kids.

We also learned a few things that made it easier on the next trips:

Travel LightBring a small wallet, or a purse with straps for your waist or shoulder, and carry only the necessities, like ID, money, keys, any medicine.

Skin ProtectionBefore you head to the festival, spray the family with sunscreen. If you'll be out for a long time, you may need to pack a small bottle for reapplying.

Bring a Stroller or BuggyFor your purchases. Sure, the kids may need a ride at the end of the day too. Move the rose bush to the back, and let the kids hop in.

Dress UpIn comfortable clothes. It's usually a lot of walking and standing, so choose clothes that are comfortable for you and the kids.

Time Is On Your SideDon't get hung up on time. Try to arrive early, browse what excites you, and make time to stop for fresh lemonade, bathroom breaks, sitting in the shade, and admiring the gifts of outdoor festivals.

Planning Your Own Earth Day Events

What makes a good Earth Day Event?

Let's think about the reason driving the event. What is the purpose of Earth Day? To celebrate nature's wonders and to spread awareness about our planet's needs. Keep that idea at the forefront of planning. You can't drive your truck into the city park, chop down some trees, and call it an Earth Day event. Think of ways to honor Mother Nature's gifts.

What do you want to show at your event? Earth Day events can feature vendors that sell eco-friendly products or services. Find realtors who specialize in green-friendly homes, organizations that work on building rainforests, artists who use earth-friendly paints to depict nature, and the like. Talk to friends, post on boards, find a site that hosts Earth Day events.

Where will your event be held? Is it only a virtual event, or one held outside or in a local building? How much space do your vendors and participants need? City parks, local buildings, recreation halls, college campuses, and even someone's house can be the perfect place for an event.

Who are your event participants? Will they come from local neighborhoods or travel from out of area, like a different state or country? What do you want them to receive at your event? Are you providing information about Earth Day? Will you show highlight new innovations in energy-efficient products? Can participants bring their families? Will you combine free activities with paid admission?

How will participants find your event? Small, local events can advertise in the local paper or by word of mouth. Larger events can plan to have a website, so worldwide visitors can find your event, attend, or order online. Find a site that caters to eco-friendly events or connects environmentally conscious people to global events.

If you're looking for a site to connect your event with interested visitors, check out our Earth Day Birthday event. You'll have access to a state-of-the-art marketing platform, and a team that's already connected to an audience interested in Earth Day.

Mother Nature's Gifts

Sometimes, we take for granted what is always there and present. It's only when those constants disappear, that we wonder and rage how they've left. What are Mother Nature's gifts? What would we do if they disappeared from our lives?

Enjoy the beauty in this video.

Earth Day Birthday Event

In 2010, I joined my friends and a group that hosted Earth Day Birthday, a global party for Earth Day events and participants. Earth Day Birthday will unite Earth Day organizers and participants. But even better than that (and that's pretty big): We wanted it to be the biggest birthday party ever for Mother Earth!

What do you bring to a typical party? A present. That's what we're going to do also. We're planning on giving Mother Earth a present ... from all of us. Our Earth Day project was for each of us to save $10 to donate towards an Earth Day organization. Can you imagine if we all donated $10? That'd be a huge birthday present for Mother Earth.... maybe even enough to buy a rainforest!

There are many ways to get involved. Are you an event organizer or participant? Would you like join us for Earth Day Birthday?

Find out how to get involved in Earth Day Birthday - the biggest birthday party ever for Mother Earth!

Earth Day Birthday - One World, One Gift

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      'Vikk Simmons 5 years ago from Houston

      Enjoyed reading about all the various ways of celebrating Earth Day. Great job.

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      hexadtraining 5 years ago

      Pretty cool to see how others celebrate Earth Day!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      With the Crazy Weather of Recent, Earth Day should probably should have One Day Every Month! Maybe, just maybe the Weather might become less severe but we won't know until we Try!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I think it is a great lens in honor of Mother Earth.I think the best way to please her is to be a vegetarian for a day.It would be wonderful if the whole world is vegetarian the whole day.All the domestic animals will be pleased and will be grateful.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      You have me thinking about how to make a lens to celebrate Earth Day. Thank you for publishing this lens.

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      JenniferAkers LM 8 years ago

      Thanks for the animated Earth Day card, Ojolie!

      Thanks, Spirituality!! I'm glad you liked my lens - thanks for the squid angel blessing!!

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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      ojolie 8 years ago

      Here is an artistic animated ecard for Earth Day, "Blue Planet". It is free to send.

      http://www.ojolie.com/index.php?step=preview&a...

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      JenniferAkers LM 8 years ago

      We're going to give Mother Earth a huge birthday party this year! Thanks for all your work, Joao!

      Thanks again, DeeJay and Jonathan. I'm so happy to do my part in making a difference.

      Hi Anne, thanks for visiting. Debby's video is awesome. Beautiful nature - reminds us of the reasons we're celebrating our Earth and planning Earth Day Birthday!

      The Green Thumb Festival is wonderful, Peter! To buy or browse, there is so much to do and see there! Oh, I heard about the Black Sapote tree on a visit to a local fire station. They had one on their property - the kids (and me, lol) were excited to hear about a fruit that tasted like chocolate pudding! Yum. If only I had the yard for one....lol. Happy Easter to you too, my friend!

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      Sydneygroove_Lifestyle-Events 8 years ago

      Green Thumb festival sounds great ... and Black Sapote trees with fruit that taste like Chocolate pudding ..WOW... Thanks for all the great festival tips, I`ll print them out to remind myself ... great lens Jennifer ... Thanks again and .. Happy Easter !!

      Peter Holmes...pfh.edbd

      Saving the Earth one click at a time !

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      Jonathan_Rivera 8 years ago

      Hey Jennifer,

      Your lens skills never cease to impress me. Thanks for using your talents to help our Earthday Birthday cause.

      jrr.edbd

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Hi jennifer...thanks a million for this. Great idea to talk about the real down to earth benefits of a festival you are familiar with...and I love the idea of connecting it to events all over the world...will check out Debbie's video..and all the information you had about what to do to really enjoy the trip could be used for lots of other trips as well. Best wishes Anne agw.edbd

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Another GREAT piece of informative writing Jennifer. Thank you for taking the time to consistently do this. Fantastic.

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      jblm 8 years ago

      Very very Happy Birthday Blue Earth!

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      JenniferAkers LM 8 years ago

      [in reply to Squidster] Absolutely! We'll all benefit from joining together and taking care of Earth. Thanks for your kind words and the visit!

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      JenniferAkers LM 8 years ago

      [in reply to Squidster] Absolutely! We'll all benefit from joining together and taking care of Earth. Thanks for your kind words and the visit!

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      Karicor 8 years ago

      I hope your event will be a huge success, for all our sakes. Excellent information on such an important topic! Happy Birthday, Earth! :)