Whether you plan on spending time at home planting a vegetable garden or heading to the beach for a community clean-up, recognizing Earth Day in April is a win-win—you’ll teach your kids how to give back to our planet and help your family reduce their carbon footprint too. Grab your sunscreen and head to the shore with Sunset, Shells, and Sand Dollars Earth Day Beach Walk in Long Branch, plant grasses to restore the dunes at Bayshore Waterfront Park, or grab some free seedlings and try some crafts at Go Green With Hope in Hope. Get ready to do some good and scroll down for more ways to celebrate Earth Day in NJ all month long. (featured photo credit: Istock/Zinkevych)
14 ways to celebrate Earth Day in NJ
The Northeast Coalition Earth Day Celebration Week
April 16-23 starts at 10 AM
This event starts on April 16 and includes information about the importance of community gardens. There will also be a cleanup in Montclair Park.
Please visit the website for a complete list of event locations.
Earth Day Work Day
April 22, 9 AM – 1 PM
Families can get free admission to the Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge to paint, work on trail maintenance, and other projects. Volunteers must be 13 and up.
Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, 4 Sawmill Road, Medford, NJ 08055
Historic Smithville Earth Day Event
April 22 at 4 PM
Spend the afternoon outdoors and enjoy this special Earth Day Green Market. The market will feature native plants, baked goods, crafters, and more.
615 East Moss Hill Road Smithville, NJ 08205
Earth Day Dune Planting at Bayshore Waterfront Park
April 22 at 4 PM
Come ready to plant native grasses to help with the dune restoration project at Bayshore Waterfront Park. Plants are in limited supply, so the event is first-come, first-serve.
719 Port Monmouth Road, Port Monmouth, NJ 07758
Sunset, Shells, and Sand Dollars Earth Day Beach Walk
April 22 at 7 PM
Join Save Coastal Wildlife Nonprofit members to celebrate Earth Day by exploring the ocean beach during sunset and low tide. We will scan the beach sand to look for sand dollars, shells, and skate and whelk egg cases. If you are lucky, you might spot a whale or dolphin.
Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, 221 North Ocean Avenue, Long Branch, NJ 07740
Earth Day Celebration in Cape May
April 23 at 10 AM
Cape May County Park & Zoo will co-host its Earth Day Celebration with the Cape May County MUA. Over 50 environmentally friendly exhibitors will fill the tents on the main field with assorted conservation and eco-worthy goods and displays. There will be a nature scavenger hunt, Story Time with the Cape May County Library, Superhero Training, Trivia and Games, and music by Master DJ & Sound all day. The Drum Circle will end the day with earthy rhythms and vibes.
Cape May County Park and Zoo, 700 U.S. 9, Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
DEP 50th Anniversary and Earth Day Celebration
April 23 at 10 AM
Join the Department of Environmental Protection as they celebrate the 50th anniversary of the organization and Earth Day. There will be food trucks, lawn games, education programs, face painting, and more.
1 Audrey Zap Drive, Jersey City, NJ 07305
Earth Day at the Lake
April 23 at 10 AM
Work on a variety of conservation projects around the lake. Help with a pollinator garden, rain garden, native species area, cleaning up litter, and laying wood chips. Historical tours will also be available that day. The rain date is April 24.
Spring Garden Lake, 70 E. Madison Ave., Florham Park, NJ 07932
Point Pleasant Environmental Commission Earth Day Celebration
April 23 at 12 PM
The Point Pleasant Environmental Commission will be hosting its (almost) Annual Earth Day Celebration at Riverfront Park to bring the community together to inspire an understanding and appreciation for our environment. The theme for this year’s celebration will be “Trees Make Point Pleasant,” focusing on the importance of trees in our local environment.
Riverfront Park, 2303 River Rd, Point Pleasant, NJ 08743
Family Fun Day: Arbor(etum) Day!
April 23 at 1 PM
Liberty Hall has lots of trees–even before William Livingston moved to the property, he planted trees for enjoyment and study. Although so much has changed at the property over the last 250 years, their love of trees has not. There will be activities, games, and crafts at the arboretum. Reservations are required.
Liberty Hall Museum, 1003 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083
Earth Day Activities in Monmouth County
April 23, times vary
The whole family can head out to try events including Saltwater Fishing at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Discovering Freshwater Creatures at Huber Woods, or Beachcombing and Clean up at Seven President’s Park this Earth Day. There are even more activities available here.
Various locations in Monmouth County
30th Annual Earth Day Celebration Virtual Earth Month Family Events
April 24 at 10 AM
Rain or shine there will be a variety of free, fun, and educational activities for all ages. The celebration
has more than 150 vendors, crafters, food vendors, and exhibitors. Also, enjoy free workshops and music, and entertainment.
Atlantic County Utilities Authority, 6700 Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
Go Green with Hope
April 30 at 10 AM
The 9th Annual festival with an environment theme has something for every age, including free seedlings, crafts, 40+ vendors, raffles, meet the Antler Ridge Mascot, and giveaways.
Hope Township School, 320 Johnsonburg Road, Hope, NJ 07844
(908) 459-5011 x1
The Wild and Scenic Earth Day Film Festival and Outdoor Earth Day Celebration
April 30 at 3 PM
Enjoy this all-day in-person, outdoor community event with a free screening of the movie Inspiring Adventure. They will also feature live music and nature-themed art classes that you won’t want to miss. There are some activities you have to register for.
Cost: Some activities have a fee
70 Jackson Plaza, Hoboken, NJ 07030