This week is not only National Park Week but Friday is Earth Day. All this week and weekend are great times to take advantage of the great outdoors.
You can find fun Earth Day Events in your area with a quick online search, or try to make it to your local national park.
Here are some other fun ideas to help you celebrate our Mother Earth and all she has to offer:
|Adding some flowers in your |
veggie garden helps feed your local bees.
2. Support Our National Parks: If you can’t get outdoors this week/weekend consider making a donation to the National Park Service in honor of their 100th birthday! The NPS currently has two major campaigns going on to support the Yosemite Conservancy and the Grand Teton National Park foundation. Go to their website to learn more about how you can give back to our National Parks:
https://www.nps.gov/getinvolved/donate.htm. Throughout National Park Week (April 16–24) every national park will have free admission.
|Use those old pine cones!|
For older kids try making custom stepping stones out of recycled glass and tile to place in your yard! Here is a how-to from Instructables: http://www.instructables.com/id/Recycle-ceramics-into-awesome-Mosaic-stepping-ston/
|Associate producer, Melissa, found |
this big gulp cup at her local park.
4. Do a Little Clean Up: If you are able to visit one of our beautiful national parks or a local park this week - consider bringing a trash bag to pick up trash that's been left behind. If we all did our part to help remove trash, our world would be a much more beautiful place. Can’t make it out to a park(s)? You can also do this in your local neighborhood. Just take a walk within a mile of your own home and pick up any trash you might see.
|Into the park trash can.|
Be the change you want to see in the world.