Earth Day 2014 Events

hands-globe2_2pb6The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. The passage of the landmark Clean Air ActClean Water ActEndangered Species Act and many other groundbreaking environmental laws soon followed. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.



Earth Day at Union Station

April 21-23, 2014

The celebration will feature interactive, eco-friendly exhibits and activities to raise awareness of environmental issues and encourage sustainability. On April 22, be sure to check out the full day of entertainment, discussion panels, contests, games, giveaways and much more.

Earth Day at the National Zoo

April 22, 2014 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Free and open to the public. No ticket required. Celebrate Earth Day and meet the Smithsonian National Zoo’s Green Team experts, participate in “green”-themed crafts, and learn simple daily actions that help you enjoy a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. State Farm® will host a special children’s area at the Kids’ Farm where children can make their own plant pots with recycled newspapers, as well as a garden journal.

United States Botanic Garden 

April 25, 2014  10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Held at the Conservancy Terrace, Enjoy cooking demonstrations with seasonal produce and meet with representatives of environmental organizations from throughout the region. Drop by and learn all the ways that you can make the planet a healthier place and become a more active steward of the plants that support life on earth.

Fort McHenry Field Day 

April 26, 2014

Join the Aquarium Conservation Team (ACT!) for a debris cleanup and tree planting at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine.  It’s the perfect way to celebrate Earth Day and to participate in Project Clean Stream!

Register Now! Pre-registration is required for all conservation events. Volunteers must be at least 10 years old. Please contact [email protected] if you have questions or would like additional details.

Alexandria Earth Day 2014! 

April 26, 2014  10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

This year’s celebration will be held at Ben Brenman Park (4800 Brenman Park Drive). This year’s theme is Are You an Eco-Citizen? The event will include educational exhibits, demonstrations, hands-on activities for all ages, a tree sale, and more! This year’s event will also feature the Upcycling Showcase, where students will showcase their creative interpretation of Earth day through literature, fashion, visual arts and performing arts.

The City of Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission and Alexandria Renew Enterprises (formerly the Alexandria Sanitation Authority) are seeking nominees for the Sixth Annual Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award. The award honors and recognizes those who demonstrate a commitment to protecting the natural environment and keeping the City “green.”. Click here for more information about the award

Green Living Expo and Earth Week Community Fair  

April 26, 2014 12 – 4:30 p.m.

This year’s event will be held at George Mason University, Founders Hall, 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA. Visit the Expo to learn about practical ways to green your lifestyle with a focus on energy conservation, sustainable food, solid waste reduction, eco-friendly transportation, green home remodeling, sustainable landscaping, and healthy homes. The event includes exhibits, seminars, competitions, kid-friendly activities, food sales and more. Online pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

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