Earth Day is April 22nd, have you thought about how you are 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.
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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 wildlife species.
Bonus – All US National Parks are FREE this Earth Day.
Two: Have each family member come up with ways 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, or plant a tree in your yard. Container gardening is a great option too. Start composting your daily food scraps.
Four: Plan and cook together a vegan meal. Consider adding a vegan meal weekly or monthly to your meal planning. 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 disposable plastic water bottles
- Decorate pots for plants
Seven: Go thrifting for a new outfit. Explain to your kids the benefit of choosing preloved clothes over new ones.
Eight: Find an old item in your home that is no longer used, has been tossed curbside by a neighbor, or go thrifting, and repurpose it.
Nine: Bike or walk to school instead of using the car