Some of us were raised to lead environmentally conscious lifestyles, others picked it up in college. Regardless of how high we rank ourselves on the eco-meter, every Earth Day we’re reminded to do a little bit more to protect the planet. And since New Jersey is The Garden State, it’s only fitting that Earth Day events are happening all over town. Whether you’re interested in building a butterfly garden, beautifying your community with a cleanup, or taking part in a citywide festival, you’re bound to find something to suit your eco-taste among these 15 Earth Day events in New Jersey.
15 Kid-Friendly Earth Day Celebrations in New Jersey
1. Earth Day Lorax Storytime
Thursday, April 19, 2018 | 1:00PM to 1:30PM
One way to teach your kids about our planet is through stories, and Dr. Seuss has the perfect story. Asbury Park bookstore words! will host a storytime for kids to hear a reading of “The Lorax,” which is about how a beautiful part of the world changes based on the greed and actions of humans. Along with the story, kids can make an Earth Day themed craft.
words! Asbury Park
623 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park, NJ 07712
2. Earth Day Weekend in Mays Landing
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 20, 21 and 22, 2018 | 11:00AM
Spend the entire weekend celebrating our planet right here in Mays Landing. There are plenty of events and activities to keep the whole family entertained, including playing educational games or enjoying family movie night on Saturday night.
Mays Landing RV Resort
1079 12th Ave., Mays Landing, NJ 08330
3. Earth Day Warbler Walk
Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 8:00AM to 10:00AM
Take a spring walk to kick off your Earth Day. Look for new spring arrivals like flowers and birds as you breathe in the fresh morning air. Birders of all levels are welcome to come on the walk and learn all about these beautiful animals.
The Celery Farm Nature Preserve
Franklin Turnpike, Allendale, NJ 07401
4. Earth Day in the Rainforest
Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 10:00AM to 3:00PM
Learn all about the rainforest without having to leave New Jersey. Explore the canopy built at the Children’s Museum in Somerset with hands-on activities. Your whole family can go out and have a great time learning about this lush, tropical corner of the world and its importance in the ecosystem.
The Children’s Museum of Somerset County
120 Finderne Ave., Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Cost: $3 donation
5. Earth Day 5K
Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 10:00AM
Get outside and celebrate Earth Day with this fun 5K run in Jersey City. The race takes place throughout Liberty State Park, so you’ll have spectacular views of the Statue of Liberty, the marina, and the Hudson River. Just by signing up you’ll be guaranteed a free t-shirt, and those who post-register will get shirts while supplies last. After the race, go grab refreshments at the park’s annual Earth Day Fair featuring the Earth Day Kid’s Kingdom (that’s code for tons of kids activities).
Liberty State Park
Audrey Zapp Road, Jersey City, NJ 07305
6. Earth Day Festival
Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 10:00AM to 2:00PM
Come out to City Green’s first annual Earth Day Festival. Not only will you learn about different ways to make better choices for the planet, but you will also have fun hearing about topics like composting, chicken keeping and eating seasonally, while your child participates in various crafts and games.
City Green, Inc.
171 Grove St., Clifton, NJ 07013
7. Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 21, 2018 | 11:00AM to 1:00PM
Who doesn’t love the beauty and whimsy of butterflies? In honor of Earth Day, Leonardo State Marina is building a monarch butterfly garden, and they want your kids to help. Kids will learn all about what goes into creating the garden and help plant flowers.
Leonardo State Marina
102 Concord Ave., Leonardo, NJ 07737
8. Hit the Trail Earth Day Celebration
Sunday, April 22, 2018 | 9:00AM to 4:00PM
Take the day to become one with nature and retreat from your everyday life. Hit the Trail will take you on a hike through the woods, with occasional stops to do activities like meditation and wellness workshops. The hike will last the whole day and by the end of it, we’re sure you’ll feel a little closer to Mother Nature.
Wawayanda State Park
885 Warwick Turnpike, Hewitt, NJ 07421
9. Earth Day Yoga
Sunday, April 22, 2018 | 10:00AM to 11:00AM
Namaste. Get in touch with the planet this Earth Day through yoga. The RiverWinds Community Center will host this event open to yogis of all ages and skill level. A yoga teacher will take you through the class and teach you mindfulness and meditation techniques. Make sure you wear green to help celebrate the day.
RiverWinds Community Center
1000 Riverwinds Dr., West Deptford, NJ 08086
10. 28th Annual Earth Day Festival
Sunday, April 22, 2018 | 10:00AM to 4:00PM
Come out and spend the day with the Earth. Your whole family will have a fun day honoring the place we all call home: Mother Earth. Enjoy free activities and workshops to learn everything you need to know about preserving our planet. There will be plenty of food and vendors for everyone.
Atlantic County Utilities Authority
6700 Delilah Rd., Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
11. 7th Annual Earth Day Festival
Sunday, April 22, 2018 | 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Over 150 vendors showcasing green products will be a part of this festival. There will be plenty of animals including reptiles, birds, bees, and butterflies to help brighten up the day. Kids will also enjoy rides, games and other Earth-related activities.
380 Hillsdale Ave., Hillsdale, NJ 07642
12. Westfield Earth Day
Sunday, April 22, 2018 | 12:00PM to 3:00PM
Learn everything you need to know about protecting the Earth while having a great time with family and friends. Learn about different initiatives and ways to help the planet, enjoy crafts, demos, and a selfie station.
Westfield Train Station
Summit and South avenues, Westfield, NJ 07090
13. Earth Day Bike Ride
Saturday, April 28, 2018 | 8:30AM to 10:00AM
Reduce your carbon footprint and take a day to enjoy a bike ride. Your family can choose between a two-mile or nine-mile ride, both beginning at Croft Farm. Take in the scenery and have a relaxing Earth Day with the whole family as you make your trip. Following the ride is a festival where the whole family will have fun.
Croft Farm Arts Center
100 Bortons Mill Rd., Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
14. Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 28, 2018 | 11:00AM to 4:00PM
Head to the Essex County Environmental Center to participate in kid-friendly activities like crafts and games, or recreational activities like canoeing and hiking. There will also be demonstrations, information, and eco-friendly vendors to show you more ways you can help make a difference.
Essex County Environmental Center
621 Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland, NJ 07068
15. Earth Day Celebration and Open House
Saturday, April 28, 2018 | 11:00AM to 4:00PM
This Earth Day celebration in Blairstown will include greenhouse tours, hayrides, children’s activities, displays from artists and holistic vendors, and a light garden lunch. You can also participate in SwapFest – bring good stuff you no longer need, swap it for a treasure to take home, and make a free-will donation to the Community Supported Garden at Genesis Farm.
41 Silver Lake Rd., Blairstown, NJ 07825