Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22 around the world in honor of the earth and in support of protecting our precious environment. One of the best ways to celebrate Earth Day this spring is to get outdoors and enjoy the earth firsthand. While we encourage you to take other sustainably-minded initiates to celebrate this special day, getting outside and spending the day in nature is definitely at the top of the list of best ways to celebrate.
We are a company that is always developing more ways to be sustainable and environmentally conscious in our business. This Earth Day, we invite you to join us in recognizing the urgency and importance of protecting the environment while also enjoying celebrating the earth on this year’s Earth Day. Here are some of our favorite ways to get outdoors and celebrate Earth Day this spring.
One of our favorite ways to celebrate Earth Day outside this year is to go for a hike. Go alone, with someone else, or bring along the whole family for a fun-filled day exploring and connecting with nature and the earth. Do some research and find local parks or nature reserves where there are hiking trails open to the public. Keep in mind the times for how long the hikes take so you can plan accordingly. Also, choose a trail difficulty level appropriate for you and your fellow hikers.
Seeing as April is still spring, be sure to pack layers, water, and a packable jacket in your pack just in case of adverse weather. We honestly can’t think of a better way to celebrate Earth Day than by spending it enjoying earth’s magnificent wilderness. If you don’t live near a park with hiking trails, simply plan to spend the day walking in whatever nearby park or natural area is close to you.
Springtime means gardening season begins! Whether you’re a full-blown garden queen or love to tenderly cultivate your succulent collection, a great way to celebrate Earth Day outdoors is to do some gardening. Buy a bag of potting soil and sit in the backyard to repot houseplants that could use a little more growing space and fresh nutrients. Slip on your rain boots and venture outside into the garden to begin prepping for the new growing season. This can mean cleaning up old debris, re-mulching permanent beds, or tidying up the veggie patch to plant your spring veggies. You can also celebrate Earth Day by planting! Plant your vegetable or flower starts in little pots or plant bulbs and spring vegetables directly in the ground according to your growing zone. You can enjoy the day solo or invite your kids to come along and encourage their relationship to the earth, too.
Welcome spring and celebrate Earth Day all in one with an outdoor BBQ. Switch up the usual dinner routine and head outside with the family to cook and eat outdoors. Have dinner outside while watching the sunset and letting the kids play outdoors. If you don’t have an outdoor grill, that’s okay! Simply pack up a picnic lunch or dinner and head to your favorite outdoor spot to enjoy your meal in the great outdoors. If you have kids, this is also an excellent way to discuss Earth Day with them as you enjoy celebrating and eating outdoors.
The traditional way to celebrate Earth Day outdoors is to plant a tree. If you have space in your backyard or land, consider planting a tree this Earth Day to celebrate and commemorate the day. If you don’t, research volunteer tree-planting activities in your area so you can still go plant some trees. Trees are one of the most important ways to combat climate change and protect the environment. As trees naturally suck up huge amounts of carbon dioxide from the air and replace it with oxygen, they are one of earth’s most powerful and effective ways to neutralize carbon emissions.
Whether you choose to plant a fruit tree, a flowering tree, or a hardwood, planting trees is one of the best ways to celebrate Earth Day outdoors. So put on some comfy jeans and comfy casual pants and get digging!
Get the kids outside this Earth Day and let them have some fun connecting with the great outdoors and exploring nature. One of the best ways to do this is to plan a nature scavenger hunt. This fun and educational game is a wonderful way to celebrate Earth Day and also help your kids develop their relationship with nature.
Tell them to grab their kids’ backpacks and get ready for an outdoor adventure. Depending on the area you live in, you can make a list of items to find that include certain leaves, rocks, feathers, mushrooms, pinecones, animal tracks, and more. Not only for kids, but outdoor nature scavenger hunts are a great way to get adults also involved with learning more about the incredible natural world we live in.
While Earth Day should be celebrated every day, it’s important to take the day itself as a moment to honor and acknowledge the incredible earth we live on and get to call home.