Plan to Celebrate Earth Day

Plan to Celebrate Earth Day

- in April 2015

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement.. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year. Here are some local events you and your family can participate in this year:



 Celebrate Earth Day. Find out how you can make a difference for our Earth with Earth-friendly activities and items you’ll make and take to go green at home. Ages 8-12. Registration required. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. North Olmsted Branch Library, 27403 Lorain Road, North Olmsted, 440-777-6211,

 5th Annual Community Paper Shred Day. Patrons and Mentor residents are invited to bring up to five boxes of documents to the main library’s auxiliary lot on the corner of Mentor Avenue and Sharon Lee Drive from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mentor Public Library, 8215 Mentor Ave., Mentor, 440-255-8811,

Fossil Fuel Fun. The day will be filled with awesome hands-on learning opportunities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost is $10 for the whole day ($5 for members). Akron Fossils & Science Center, 2080 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road, Copley, 330-665-3466,

Earth Day, Every Day. Learn how to celebrate Earth Day everyday through a story and hands-on activities. Children and adults. Live animals. 2-3 p.m. Carlisle Reservation, 12882 Diagonal Road, LaGrange, 440-458-5121,

Awakening the Dreamer Symposium  The symposium is an interactive, multimedia experience for anyone who wishes to deepen their understanding of the current state of our world and how we can take action to create environmental sustainability, spiritual fulfillment, and social justice for all humanity.
Participants will explore these three core aspects of our societal condition via facilitated interaction and engaging audio-visual elements. We’ll hear from some of the world’s leading experts on topics as diverse as the current state of the Earth’s biodiversity and the reality of the socio-economic disparity throughout the world. 9:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. at Crown Point Ecology Center, 3882 Ira Road. Bath, There is no cost to attend the Symposium, donations are accepted. Lunch will be provided.  Visit


 EarthFest 2015. In partnership with Mayor Frank Jackson’s Sustainable Cleveland 2019 initiative, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, this year’s EarthFest will celebrate the “Year of Clean Water.” EarthFest will feature 270 exhibits in 10 sustainability exhibit areas including: Clean Water, Zero Waste, Advanced & Renewable Energy, Environmental Science, Local & Sustainable Food, Clean Transportation (with Ride & Drive), Health & Fitness, Community Works, Family Fun and Green Home & Garden. Families will enjoy all day entertainment with eco-activities, biodiesel powered amusement park rides, all day music, urban farm animals, healthy food from local food trucks and much morePresented and organized by Earth Day Coalition since 1990. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. Visit


Kiddie Craft Club: Earth Day. Fun nature crafts, games and activities for preschoolers and parents, followed by a movie. 4530 Colorado Ave., Sheffield Village. For more information, call 440-949-5200 Ext. 225 or visit


4/21, 4/25

Early Childhood Workshop – Rainy Weather. April showers bring…ways to learn about rain! Play with clouds and learn how they make rain. 10:15-11 a.m. (ages 18-36 months); 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. (ages 3-5). Great Lakes Science Center, 601 Erieside Ave., Cleveland. Register at 216-621-2400,



Family Movie Night. Celebrate Earth Week by watching “Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest.” Bring a blanket and snacks. 7-8:30 p.m. North Chagrin Nature Center, 3037 SOM Center Road, Willoughby Hills, 440-473-3370,

Arbor Day Celebration. Engaging, hands-on activities and interactive shows. A free tree seedling will inspire thousands of Arbor Day visitors to bring their experience home. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Holden Arboretum, 9550 Sperry Road, Willoughby, 440-946-4400, 


Kids Recycling. Learn how everyone can recycle with activities and crafts. 1-2 p.m. 11106 Market St.,
Birmingham, 440-965-7237,

 Earth Day Dump Clean-Up! Clean up and discover what’s in a 50- to 100-year-old household dump! Bring gloves and a small hand trowel. Event is off-trail with wet conditions, so please wear sturdy footwear. Be prepared for the weather. Registration required. 1-3 p.m. Observatory Park, 10610 Clay St., Montville Twp., 440-286-9516,



Lake Erie Beach Clean-up. Help keep Lake Erie shorelines clean. Garbage bags and gloves will be provided. Please dress warmer; the shoreline is usually cooler in the spring. 10 a.m-noon. Arcola Creek, 941 Dock Road, Madison Township, 440-585-3041 x6800,

Earth Day, NRM-Style/Milkweed & Tree Giveaway. Become a “citizen scientist” for a day to promote good stewardship, help biologists in the Natural Resource Management (NRM) Department with their research projects, and receive a free milkweed plant. Noon-4 p.m. Swine Creek Reservation, 16004 Hayes Road, Middlefield Township, 440-286-9516,







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