Earth Day 2016 is just around the corner on April 22. How will your family celebrate the day? If you’re looking for a few ideas, then keep reading. From information on how to help clean your local playground to bicycle routes, you and your family can have a fun time together while also helping the environment.
Help clean a park or forest preserve
Give your local playground or forest preserve a spring cleaning when you and your family volunteer through a cleanup set up through an organization. From planting flowers to giving playground equipment a deep clean, a cleanup activity can help make public parks and preserves enjoyable for all to use. Contact your local park district or forest preserve to see if there are any cleanup events in your area (for example, the website of New York City Department of Parks & Recreation lists a number of upcoming volunteer activities). Make sure you wear protective clothing, and bring your own equipment, including gloves.
Shop at your local farmers’ market
Support farmers local to your area by purchasing your fruits and vegetables at a farmers’ market on Earth Day. A farmers’ market is a great way for your child to learn more about produce grown in your region, as well as to get to know the people who grow your food. To find a farmers’ market near you, check out the website Local Harvest.
Clean out your home
Spring is the perfect time to clean out your home and get rid of items your family no longer needs. If items are still gently used, consider donating them to a charity. Got an old TV you don’t want? Don’t throw it in the trash; instead, look for electronics recycling services in your area. For example, the electronics retailer Abt in the Chicago suburb of Glenview will recycle computers, TVs, and other electronics, with details, including fees, available on the store’s website.
Plant a garden
If it’s possible, consider planting a garden this spring. From favorite vegetables and fruits to herbs and flowers, you and your family can grow an assortment of plants. Finding the right plant to grow doesn’t have to be difficult, either. Colleges and universities in your area may provide a wealth of resources regarding which plants are suitable in your garden; for example, the website The California Backyard Orchard of Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California, offers information on fruits and nuts to grow in an orchard.
Ditch the car
This Earth Day, consider leaving the car at home and using your bike to get around town. Whether you need to run a few errands or just want to explore your neighborhood, riding your bike can help you cover serious mileage while also helping you squeeze in a workout. Need a little help finding a safe bike route? Your local municipality may be able to help; for instance, the City of Houston’s Bikeways Program offers maps as well as information regarding bicycle safety. Before you hop on your bike, remember to obey local traffic laws, too, and to make sure your bike is ready to ride.