Earth Day, the modern environmental movement, has been celebrated each April 22 since 1970. The founder, Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, began the movement after witnessing the global damages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Today, millions of Americans participate in the fight for a clean environment. The Washington, DC metropolitan area has a variety of Earth Day activities that make caring for the planet fun for all ages.
You can pitch in and help clean up any of the region’s parks or attend a family event that includes learning ways to improve our environment and make a difference. Events take place throughout the month of April.
2017 Earth Day Events
March for Science - April 22, 2017. National Mall, Washington DC. This event is expected to draw a large crowd and will focus on standing up for facts and science. As the Trump administration is slashing funding for science related organizations, these issues could have a great impact on the health of Americans, our environment and the world. Additional marches will be organized around the country.
Anacostia River Festival
April 9, 2017, 1-5 p.m. Anacostia Park, SE Washington DC. The festival is a part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival and honors Earth Day with a variety of activities including outdoor recreation, musical performances, a photography exhibition, a bike parade and more.
Potomac Watershed Cleanup
Annual Cleanup Day, April 8, 2017, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Throughout April, families can help remove trash from one of 276 sites along the Potomac River in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
April 22, 2017, cleanup 9 a.m.-noon; rallies noon to 2 p.m. Several locations in the Washington, DC area.
Celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up along our local streams and keeping trash out of the Anacostia River.
Earth Day at the National Zoo
April 22, 2017, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. The Zoo and FONZ will commemorate Earth Day with green-themed activities. Get gardening tips from expert horticulturists, take a tour of the Zoo's green facilities, attend special demonstrations, and more. Take a ride on the sustainable side, and join the Zoo in its inaugural Bike to the Zoo event this Earth Day!
United States Botanic Garden
April 27, 2017, 12-12:45 p.m. and 12:50-1:30 p.m. 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.
Alexandria Earth Day
April 29, 2017, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lenny Harris Memorial Fields at Braddock Park, 1005 Mt. Vernon Ave. Alexandria, VA. The event focuses on efficient and eco-friendly transportation options such as walking, bicycling, ridesharing, and riding public transit. Activities include recycling and composting demonstrations, live music, an Arbor Day tree planting, a performance by Blue Sky Puppets, and a launch of the Eco-City Action Plan Phase II.
Earth Day in Arlington
Throughout April, Arlington County will celebrate with free events all month, and has programs, events and services to help you honor the spirit of Earth Day year-round.
Montgomery County Earth Day
Throughout April, parks, nonprofit agencies, community groups, businesses, schools, clubs, religious groups, etc. are hosting volunteer activities for Earth Day. Sign up for a neighborhood cleanup or create your own project. 240-777-2600.
Broccoli City Festival
May 6, 2017, 12-9 p.m. Gateway Pavilion, 1100 Alabama Ave., SE Washington DC. The event promotes living a healthier more environmentally sustainable lifestyle and includes live performances, yoga instruction, food vendors, a live art gallery, educational information and more. The event is for ages 16 and up. Admission is $39.