Go green at local Earth Day events

Young plant in hands
There's plenty to do this Earth Day. (iStock Photo)

We’ve only got one earth. Might as well give it a helping hand. All this week, local parks, gardens and municipalities are giving two green thumbs up to Mother Nature with Earth Day (Wednesday, April 22) events.

It’s not easy being green. Learn about the Constitutional side of being eco-friendly with activities taking place all day at the National Constitution Center (525 Arch St.) on Wednesday, April 22. The museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday. 

Weavers Way hosts a festival featuring sustainable services and goods at Chestnut Hill College (9601 Germantown Ave.) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22. Earth-themed films will also be screened throughout the day.

Greensgrow Farms is once again heading up the neighborhood effort to beautify landmarks in the Fishtown/Kensington community. Lend a hand from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22 for urban planting and a free lunch.

Earth Day isn’t limited to things on land. A submerged Earth Day experience takes place at the Adventure Aquarium (1 Riverside Dr., Camden) on Wednesday, April 22 with “Healthy Ocean, Healthy Planet” talks featuring real-life animals at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Other activities include info on the preservation of monarch butterflies and more. Stop by between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Work up a thirst on Wednesday, April 22 when you clean up the Schuylkill River Trail from noon to 2 p.m. Afterward, take a sip of Sly Fox Brewery’s new Schuylkill River Trail Ale. Enter at the Schuylkill Banks Center East side under the Walnut Street Bridge (200 S. 24th St.).

Bug out. On Wednesday, April 22, kids ages 3 and up can get hands on with dirt and earthworms activities starting at 1 p.m. at Norristown Farm Park (2500 Upper Farm Rd., Norristown).

Be one with nature for an hour Earth Day hike at Brandywine Creek State Park (47 Adams Dam Rd., Wilmington) beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22

Throughout the day on Saturday, April 25 in Cheltenham Township, community cleanup events and festivities will bloom around the town. Bring your gardening materials to Melrose Park Train Station (900 Valley Road, Melrose Park) for flowerbed cleanup from 10 a.m. to noon or the Cheltenham War Memorial (Central Avenue and Tookany Creek Parkway, Cheltenham Township) for weeding and mulching the memorial from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kick back and relax for the Downtown Glenside Arts Festival (taking place on Easton Road between Glenside Avenue and Waverly Road) from noon to 6 p.m. for family friendly Earth Day treats.

Spend a day at the farm on Saturday, April 25 Snipes Farm (890 W. Bridge St., Morrisville) more specifically. Bring something to add to the potluck and get your hands dirty with planting activities and more from 9 a.m. to noon.

Make Cape May beachy clean with cleanup festivities along the harbor and maritime planting info sessions at the Nature Center of Cape May (1600 Delaware Ave., Cape May) on Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to noon. 

At stations throughout the Brandywine Zoo (1001 N. Park Dr., Wilmington, Del.) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, experts will share tips on how visitors can help lead more eco-friendly lives in addition to live animal meet and greets and other informational games.

It’s all about trees on Saturday, April 25 at the Morris Arboretum (100 E. Northwestern Ave.). From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., families can design a tree house, try out landscaping with trees, discover the age of a tree and more for Arbor Day

Plant the seeds for a green future for your kids at the Camden Children’s Garden’s (3 Riverside Dr., Camden) two-day Earth and Arbor Day Festival. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26, families can wander through the gardens, stop in the butterfly house, plant greenery and more. 

For more Things to Do, check out our calendar for the most up-to-date happenings.