Each April since 1970, individuals from around the world have stopped to take part in Earth Day, a day dedicated to environmental protection. Momentous events — including the signing of the Paris Agreement — have taken place on Earth Day.
This year, the Earth Day Network will be working to end plastics pollution by educating individuals about how these materials litter our beaches and landscape, clog our waste streams and landfills, and are threatening the survival of our planet.
There will also be numerous activities that you can get involved in.
For many companies, the days before can be a great time for a "spring break" to get employees outside, planting trees in local parks and adding flowers to community gardens. If you'd like to take part in some of these activities, check out opportunities with a few of our past partners and other top nonprofits:
Chicago Park District: We watched the West Humboldt Park neighborhood be transformed after volunteers updated Piccolo Elementary School last summer. This month, the Chicago Park District is inviting volunteers to the "Your Earth, Your Legacy" community celebration and clean-up in Humboldt Park! Volunteers will meet at the boat house and spend the morning "cleaning and greening" the park.
Girl Scout Ranger Program: Throughout the United States, there are opportunities for Girl Scouts to get involved in environmental projects year-round thanks to the Girl Scout Ranger Program, a partnership between the National Park Service and Girl Scouts of the United States of America. The program invites scouts to participate in existing, organized educational or service projects at national park sites. The scouts may also design their own project.
L.A. Works: If you're in the Van Nuys area on Earth Day, you can help plant trees with other members of the Los Angeles community. There are more than 20 trees that need to be planted throughout the morning. Be sure to wear closed-toed shoes and a hat (and/or sunscreen).
Memphis Tilth: Do you have a green thumb? The GrowMemphis Community Garden Program helps communities build gardens to improve access to locally grown food in their neighborhoods. The nonprofit envisions a community with full access to affordable, fresh, locally, and sustainably grown food!
Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board: Volunteers can arrive at one of many sites in the city between 9:30am and noon to pick up trash and assist in getting the parks ready for the summer. Every site will have a coordinator available to assist volunteers and answer questions.
Last year, more than 1,800 people volunteered, collecting more than 7,700 pounds of garbage.
NOLA Tree Project: Volunteering with the NOLA Tree Project is perfect for anyone who wants to get their hands dirty! They have opportunities for volunteers to plant a Community Orchard and work in an urban forest; and, unlike many organizations, they have great ways for groups to get involved!
The Nature Conservancy (Denver, Colorado): On April 21, The Nature Conservancy's volunteer team will take part in RiverSweep 2018 at Fishback Park. Volunteers will pick up trash, remove weeds and other plant debris, repair trails, paint park fixtures, and get everything ready for summer!
The Trinity River Audubon (Dallas, Texas): Although bird life is generally top-of-mind for Audubon volunteers, the Trinity River Audubon Center has five miles of established trails and many acres of wetland ponds and grasslands. On the second Saturday of each month, volunteers are invited to clear and expand existing trails, remove invasive species, or restore prairie and wetland habitats. You'll be able to get a great workout in, too.
If you're looking for additional ways to assist in your community, check out NeighborhoodOfGood.com. By choosing the cause "environment" and your zip code, you'll be able to find many events near you!