We celebrate Christmas and birthdays every year mainly because they are a great time to spend time with family… and get free presents. Well one other holiday that is great for presents and family is Earth Day (the present is the wonderful earth we live on).
When is Earth Day 2013? Monday, April 22 2013
Earth Day is coming up quick; do you know what you are going to do to celebrate? Whether you are the ‘all year around recycler’ or just want to learn something new there are lots of good things to do this year in Grand Rapids! Here is our guide to Earth Day 2013.
- The Grand Rapids Children’s Museum: This is one of the MUST CHECK OUT places for Earth Day this year. If you have kids, they are celebrating all month long! Some of the special activities include: making recycled paper, planting a seed, making a kite out of a paper bag, and making a paper bead necklace. April 20th will be there BIG Earth Day Celebration, where they will be providing families with information about recycling and composting. They have invited the Blandford Nature Center to discuss how recycling can help animals. The Swanson Foundation will be there as well giving away 350 tree saplings!
- West Michigan Environmental Action Council along with Founders Brewing is presenting “West Michigan Needs Water: Earth Day Celebration 2013. They have invited a nationally renowned freshwater advocate Maude Barlow, author of “Blue Gold” to speak. It will be held Tuesday, April 16 from 7-9 pm at the Frederick Meijer Gardens. Visit here to reserve a seat.
- John Ball Zoo Party for the Planet: This will be 10am to 3pm at John Ball zoo on April 20th. They will have a couple exhibits and activities designed for earth day. You also will be able to pick up a free seedling and make a hat out of recycled items! Have fun and learn about conservation!
- Harvest Health and Gazelle Sports Greenday 6k Fun Run and Health Fair. Learn how to make green choices and get in a 6k run! Sign up here to participate in the run.
- Grand Rapids Public Museum: they have combined Earth Day and Astronomy Day this year. There will be space-themed crafts, indoor and outdoor telescopic observations, live sky shows in the Planetarium for the astronomy part. For the Earth Day part there will be demonstrations on alternative energy, conservation, and organic gardening. This will take place on April 30th from 11 am to 4 pm.
These are such great ways to celebrate Earth Day, but if you just want to celebrate at home you can always plant a tree, start turning off the lights when you aren’t in a room, use a reusable water bottle and recycle. What we love is that many of the same things that help celebrate Earth Day also help to save you money on your utility bills all year long.
For information on recycling in Kent County go to recyclekent.org.