8 Activities For a Meaningful Earth Day

Earth Day (April 22) is a chance to celebrate Mother Earth and take care of our planet. The kids and I love to learn about outer space and all the planets, but we always emphasize how much we really love Planet Earth. This place we call home has been loving us well, and I’ve put together some ideas for how you and your family can show some love back.

Join or Organize a Cleanup

A great resource with endless ideas is earthday.org, one of which is how to organize a local cleanup. Post about it on your neighborhood message board, in a Facebook group, or text your friends. Find a location that needs some love and spend a few minutes cleaning the area. Don’t forget to take before and after photos, and challenge your friends to do the same. Here you can find the cleanups that have been organized throughout Jacksonville and can also post yours.

Get Involved Locally

Keep Florida Beautiful is one of Florida’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organizations. Their goal? To improve living conditions through educational campaigns about litter prevention habits or recycling opportunities so we can keep our natural resources clean! Get involved locally and find your chapter.

Help Monarch Butterflies

Planting some milkweed is an easy way to help our ecosystem flourish — and can help save the monarch butterflies from extinction. Milkweed is not just a source of food for the monarch butterfly; it serves the butterfly during the most fragile stages of its transformation, providing a habitat in which they can lay their eggs, and cultivate their chrysalis. Click here for an easy step-by-step guide on how to help the butterflies!

READ: A Beautiful Distraction: Raising Butterflies With Our Children

Plant a Tree

Join Greenscape of Jacksonville in its mission of planting, protecting, and promoting trees in our area. With so many ways you can get involved as a whole family, there is something for everyone — from taking part as a volunteer during tree plantings or assisting at annual events like The Tree Giveaway!

Explore Local Parks with iNaturalist

Join the city challenge by exploring the largest urban park system in Florida. Make as many observations about our parks and landscapes around Jacksonville as you can! This challenge will get participants up close with their environments while exploring every corner of this amazing place — all free of charge by downloading an app on your phone (iNaturalist).

Jacksonville Botanical Garden

Visit Jacksonville Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

Take some time away from your busy day and bring the whole family to visit the Jacksonville Arboretum and Botanical Gardens — or one of the other many family-friendly hiking trails! Stay present and appreciate the beautiful gems that we have here.

Shop Local

Shop local at our many farmers’ markets for fresh produce or join a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer.

READ: Farm to Table: Local Farmers Markets

Participate in a Recycled Art Project

Recycling is one of our planet’s love languages. Help spread the love by reusing everyday materials in a collaborative community art project and add your creativity to help celebrate Earth.

It all starts with one action, which is better yet an act that affects everything around us. A Billion Acts of Green are happening all over Earth, and they’re doing it simply by taking action.

Share in the comments below with your Earth Day plans and ideas!

Alina Penjiyeva
Top 10 Real Estate Agent with Momentum Realty, Savvy Digital Marketer, Proud Navy Wife, Mom of Two and local resident who can tell you all about this area. Alina is a proud Troy University Alumni with degrees in Accounting and a Master's in Business Administration. She enjoys using her skills and giving her clients a 5-star experience. In spear time, which happens late at night, you can find Alina writing and sharing fun things to do and places to visit around the area in the State of Florida.


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