Looking to help the planet this week? Earth Day is on April 22 and to celebrate many area organizations are hosting community events to teach creative and unique ways to protect the environment. These events can feature crafts with recycle materials, story times, exploring nontoxic cleaning materials, earth-friendly exhibits and more.
Preschool Beach Bunch: Earth Day. Celebrate Earth Day with a story, craft and activity. 10-11 a.m. Lakeview Park, 1800 W. Erie Ave., Lorain, 440-245-1193, metroparks.cc
Earth Day Crafts. In preparation for Earth Day, use your creativity to make crafts using recycled materials. 4:30 p.m. Lorain Branch Library, 8216 Lorain Ave., Cleveland, 216-623-7011, cpl.org
Earth Day Recycled Crafts. Celebrate Earth Day and create a craft using recycled materials. 2-3 p.m. Carlisle Reservation, 12882 Diagonal Road, LaGrange, metroparks.cc
Green Living Workshop. Explore nontoxic, environmentally friendly household cleaning options, and make your own. 6-8 p.m. Free. Exploration Gateway Science Lab, 5710-5712 12th St., Canton, 330-409-8096, starkparks.com
Party for the Planet. Join the Earth Day festivities as the Akron Zoo’s sustainable and green efforts are showcased through different activities and crafts. Akron Zoo, 504 Euclid Ave., Akron, 330-375-2550, akronzoo.org
Medina County’s 20th Annual Earth Day Festival. Earth-friendly exhibits, family fishing derby, kids’ activities, food and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Buffalo Creek Retreat, 8600 Hubbard Valley Road, Seville, medinacountyparks.com
Tree Tale Tellers. Holden Arboretum’s Tree Tale Tellers will be visiting the storytime room with special stories and activities to celebrate Arbor Day. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Willowick Public Library, 263 E. 305th St., 440-943-4151, we247.org
Who’s Your Mama Earth Day Festival. Vendors along Main Street, and an Earth Day parade.
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Downtown Kent, standingrock.net
Earth Day 2016. Earth-friendly family fun that includes an eco-fair with local and national conservation organizations, habitat preservation programs, a kid’s eco-craft and Earth ball games. Penitentiary Glen Reservation, 8668 Kirtland-Chardon Road, Willoughby, 440-256-1404, lakemetroparks.com
4/29 – 5/1
Arbor Day — Celebration of Trees. Come join the nationally celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. Free admission on 4/29. Holden Arboretum, 9500 Sperry Road, Kirtland, 440-946-4400, holdenarb.org
Earth Day Celebration. Kids in grades K-3 learn how to take care of the Earth, make crafts and play games. 11-11:45 a.m. Morley Library, 184 Phelps St., Painesville, 440-352-3383, morleylibrary.org