April 22nd, this Saturday, is Earth Day. Locally, the biggest observation is Earth Day Texas at Fair Park in Dallas. Events are scheduled all day, all weekend, so check their website for details.
In addition to Earth Day events, it’s a good time to do your own family observance of Earth Day by visiting a local park and enjoying the great outdoors. Check our “Parks” section for local parks in the area, and look in our “Texas Travels” section for state parks.
How about a hike for Earth Day? See our hiking trails article for hiking locations in the area.
Maybe a short drive to see bluebonnets is your thing. It’s the peak season for them, and you can get details, including a map of viewing locations, in our article on the bluebonnets in Ennis, Texas.
There are lots of Earth Day friendly events planned at Texas State Parks for the weekend. Check the parks calendar for events on April 22-24 that are taking place near you. Locally, the Isle du Bois state park at Lake Ray Roberts is holding a special Earth Day hike on Saturday at 10 a.m.
The Dallas Arboretum has special Earth Day events this weekend. Make sure to join them Saturday for a special author reading and activity about marine science and conservation with local author Polly Holyoke. She will be here with her book, The Neptune Project. Then on Sunday, fly by the Moody Oasis for a lesson on Bees; Scott the Beekeeper and his buzzing buddies will discuss the importance of pollinators.
Interested in Earth Day things you can do with your kids? The website TinkerLab has a list of 50 different things for kids to do with natural and recycled materials.
If you’re interested in things you can do to help make Earth Day every day, visit the national Earth Day website for actions you can take as an individual and family to contribute to the environmental friendliness of our planet.
The idea for a national day to focus on the environment came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. The first Earth Day was held April 22, 1970.