Earth Day is April 22nd, have you thought about celebrating it with your family?
It’s a great way to combine some fun with education and awareness. There are so many topics you can discuss – greenhouse gasses, pollution, saving species and diversity, saving rain forests, recycling, and more. Pick a different topic each year so you can dive deeper and make it fun.
9 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with Tweens and Teens
One: Go for a hike or weekend away camping to immerse yourselves in nature. Break out your field guides and ID the species that you see. One way to get teens engaged is to appeal to their competitive nature. See who can spot the most number of wildlife species.
Two: Have each family member come up with a way your family can be more green. Make it fun and vote on the best idea (prizes are fun too).
Three: Start a garden, plant flowers, plant a tree in your yard. Container gardening is a great option too.
Four: Plan and cook together a vegan meal. Research and share why eating vegan meals and reducing meat consumption is good for the environment.
Five: Get together friends and go pick up trash along a trail or by a local lake. Or volunteer with a local restoration project
Six: Do an Earth Day craft together
- Have each family member decorate a Tumbler (stickers, paint pens, puffy paint, Cricut vinyl cutter) to use daily instead of a million glasses and bottled water
- Decorate pots for plants
Seven: Go thrifting for a new outfit. Explain to your kids the benefit of choosing thrifted clothes over new ones.
Eight: Find an old item that is no longer used, has been tossed curbside by a neighbor or thrifted, and repurpose it.
Nine: Bike or walk to school instead of using the car