It’s almost that time of year again—Earth Day! Today we’ll be sharing our annual list of Earth Day events at state parks. Before you start digging holes in the soil in an attempt to plant a tree, a shrub, or any type of greenery, we’d like to give you a mini history lesson so you can truly appreciate this day (and our planet, of course).
Earth Day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970. After an alarming oil spill off the coast of Santa Barbara in 1969, Senator Gaylord Nelson became extremely concerned about the future of our planet. He attempted to pass several reforms after that event to raise awareness about the importance of keeping the earth both healthy and clean. One of the reforms was to create a national Earth Day.
Over 20 million people across the nation celebrated the first Earth Day. The event was so big that there was even an unofficial Earth Day flag! Following the first Earth Day, several acts were passed by Congress to protect our drinking water, wild lands, and wildlife from people and companies. Talk about a success!
More than 40 years later, the tradition carries on— and not just in the United States. On this global holiday, we can all pitch in and make our world a better and cleaner place to live.
And now without further delay, check out some fun, educational state park plans for Earth Day.
Georgia: Earth Day at Floyd State Park
Saturday, April 19th. 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
What better way to spend the day hiking and observing wildlife? There will be an Easter egg hunt and a campfire later in the evening. For more information on this exciting event, call (706) 857-0826.
Tennessee: Panther Creek State Park
Saturday. April 19th. 12:00 p.m.
Panther Creek will be hosting Earth Day this year. State Naturalist Randy Hedgepath and many other rangers will be there helping you with planting. This event is for those who don’t mind getting their hands dirty. Call (423) 587-7046.
North Carolina: Carolina Beach State Park
Tuesday, April 22nd. 2:00 p.m.
Come and learn about plants and animals that are found at this park. Make this Earth Day a special one with family and friends. Call (910) 458-8206.
New Jersey: Liberty State Park
Saturday, April 26th,11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This daylong event provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about the environment and create wonderful memories with the family. Arrive early to register for the Race/Walk. Race registrants will receive gifts!
Virginia: Beer Creek Lake State Park
Saturday, April 26th. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Thinking about donating non-perishable food items for the less fortunate? This is the place to be! A donation of four or more items will get you a coupon for a free 30-minute boat rental, with your choice of canoe! Click here for details.
New York: Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Saturday, April 26th. 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Come out and celebrate Earth Day at this festival. There will be many activities for all. Visit New York State Parks.