Marin & Bay Area Earth Day Events 2017

April 11, 2017

Earth Day Stinson BeachEarth Day celebration at Stinson Beach. Photo: Marco Sanchez.

Earth Day 2017 takes place on Saturday, April 22. It’s a great time to celebrate and teach our children the importance of preserving our planet’s resources. Families will find plenty of ways to observe the occasion here in Marin County and the Bay Area, and we've created a list of local events that either celebrate Earth Day or help families learn about nature and the planet.

  • My Earth Day Marin
    Various locations throughout Marin County
    Friday, April 14–Wednesday, April 26
    The My Earth Day Marin Coalition will host a wide variety of service projects and activities throughout Marin County in honor of Earth Day. Most events are for all ages and abilities. Visit My Earth Day Marin for more info and a complete list of opportunities.
  • Novato Clean & Green Day
    City of Novato Civic Green
    Saturday, April 22, 9 am–1 pm

    Bring the family and celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up our beautiful town. Help remove litter from streets, bike path, parks, creek banks and more. Some supplies will be provided. Meet at Novato Civic Green, 901 Sherman Avenue. Find out more here.
  • Mt. Tam Earth Day
    Mt. Tamalpais
    Saturday, April 22, 9 am–12:30 pm
    Celebrate Earth Day and provide some TLC to our treasured Mt. Tam!  Projects will include pulling invasive plants that threaten the mountain's rich biodiversity, improving our trails, and working to maintain the historic Mountain Theater. Volunteers of all ages are welcome, adult chaperones requested for young volunteers. Park at the Rock Spring parking lot and walk to the Mountain Theater. After, join in a singalong at West Peak from 3 to 5 pm. More information.
  • Presidio Earth Day
    Fort Scott Field, San Francisco
    Saturday, April 22, 9 am–2 pm

    Bring the family of all ages to to volunteer. It will be a morning of stewardship projects with a BBQ Potluck to follow. All ages welcome, and there will be a volunteer project activity geared towards families with children 9 years-old and younger. Registration is required for this Earth Day event! Location: Meet at 1216 Ralston Ave, San Francisco, CA 94129 in the Presidio.
  • Earth Day at Creekside Park
    Greenbrae
    Saturday, April 22, 10 am–1 pm

    WildCare Family Adventures will join Kirk Schroeder from Marin County Parks for a beautification and habitat restoration project around the Creekside Marsh and Corte Madera Creek, followed by an easy walk along the creek. We’ll be looking for the endangered and elusive Ridgeway Clapper Rail, which has been spotted around the marsh. If we are lucky, we may even spot a River Otter! We will end the day at the Hal Brown playground for lunch and a little play time for the children. Location: Bon Air Road near Marin General Hospital. For more info, visit their website.
    WildCare Family Adventures will join Marin County Parks’ Volunteer Program Coordinator, Kirk Schroeder, for an Earth Day celebration, with habitat restoration and clean up of the area. We will start with a short hike along the creek looking for the elusive Ridgeway Clapper Rail, which has been spotted around the marsh. Bring binoculars (or borrow ours) to look at the aquatic birds, such as Black-necked Stilts, American Avocets, Great Egrets, and Buffleheads. - See more at: http://www.wildcarebayarea.org/programs/wildcare-family-adventures/#sthash.pU9xHNjf.dpuf
    WildCare Family Adventures will join Marin County Parks’ Volunteer Program Coordinator, Kirk Schroeder, for an Earth Day celebration, with habitat restoration and clean up of the area. We will start with a short hike along the creek looking for the elusive Ridgeway Clapper Rail, which has been spotted around the marsh. Bring binoculars (or borrow ours) to look at the aquatic birds, such as Black-necked Stilts, American Avocets, Great Egrets, and Buffleheads. - See more at: http://www.wildcarebayarea.org/programs/wildcare-family-adventures/#sthash.pU9xHNjf.dpuf
    WildCare Family Adventures will join Marin County Parks’ Volunteer Program Coordinator, Kirk Schroeder, for an Earth Day celebration, with habitat restoration and clean up of the area. We will start with a short hike along the creek looking for the elusive Ridgeway Clapper Rail, which has been spotted around the marsh. Bring binoculars (or borrow ours) to look at the aquatic birds, such as Black-necked Stilts, American Avocets, Great Egrets, and Buffleheads. - See more at: http://www.wildcarebayarea.org/programs/wildcare-family-adventures/#sthash.pU9xHNjf.dpuf
  • Earth Day Aquatic Park Cleanup
    Aquatic Park, San Francisco
    Saturday, April 22, 10 am–1 pm
    Join Aquarium of the Bay and the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park to clean up the beach at Aquatic Park for Earth Day. Gloves and bag provided, but bring your own if you have them to reduce waste. Registration and more info.
  • Marinovators
    College of Marin, Kentfield
    Saturday, April 22, 10 am–3 pm
    Spend Earth Day at Marinovators, where STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) education and technology are showcased in the third annual Marinovators at College of Marin Academic Center in Kentfield. This annual exhibition showcases the work of Marin’s innovative and creative student scientists, designers, programmers, engineers, and makers, and features hands-on activities for all ages. Admission is free, but you can reserve free tickets online.
  • Celebrate Earth Day with Safari West
    Santa Rosa
    Saturday, 10 am
    There’s no better place to appreciate the beauty of planet Earth than right here on the Sonoma Serengeti! The Safari West Nairobi bus ventures out to explore herds of Giraffe and antelope, Long-horned Cattle, and our awe inspiring Southern White Rhinos! Trek loops last for 35-40 minutes and so are great for even the youngest members of your herd! the Nariobi bus will depart every 45 minutes. Only 20 seats available for each loop so reserve your spot today! A special lunch is included and will be served from 11:30 am–2:30 pm. Tickets (includes tour and lunch): $50 per adults, $25 per child, toddler (1-–2 yrs) free. Book your trek before arriving. Purchase tickets here.
  • Earth Day SF
    Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco
    Saturday, April 22, 10 am–7 pm
    San Francisco's Earth Day celebration features informative and interactive learning experiences, including green jobs information, cutting-edge eco-fashion shows, eco artist grove, organic food court, an eco-friendly vehicle showcase, hands-on activities, and kids' zone. Find more info here.
  • Earth Day Celebration
    Quarryhill Botanical Garden, Glen Ellen
    Saturday, April 22, 11 am–3 pm

    Bring the entire family (all ages welcome) for a day of fun and celebrate Earth Day at Quarryhill Botanical Garden. Activities include arts and crafts, face painting, wildlif displays, music and dance performances, and more. Free admission; $10 parking fee per car (cash only). Location: 12841 Highway 12 in Glen Ellen. For more info, visit their website.
  • Earth Day Celebration
    San Francisco Zoo

    Saturday, April 22, 11 am–3 pm
    Spend Earth Day at San Francisco Zoo & Gardens as we throw a Party for the Planet! During your visit to the 100 acre park, living classroom and Zoo, spend some time relaxing near the Patas Lawn. There will be fresh fruits and vegetables to sample from Fresh Point Produce, hot coffee from Peerless Coffee, and beverages from Coca Cola. . Free with zoo admission. Be sure to sign up for an Earth Day themed Wild Walk, "It's Easy Being Green," at 10 am, noon, or 2 pm.
  • Earth Day Limantour Beach Cleanup
    Pt. Reyes
    Saturday, April 22, 11 am–2 pm

    Join Point Reyes in service and celebrate Earth Day with a beach cleanup at Limantour Beach. The high tides and inclement weather of the winter has brought a lot of litter to Point Reyes Beaches. Come be a part of the effort to clean Limantour Beach. Find more information here.
  • Earth Day OnStage
    Santa Rosa City Hall
    Saturday, April 22, noon–4 pm

    Join Santa Rosa for its 8th Annual Earth Day Festival downtown. This fun, free, and family-friendly festival is a great way to inspire awareness and build community through environmental protection. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy great food, live performances OnStage, local and earth friendly products, and eco-friendly crafts and activities for kids. Find more information here.
  • Free Create-with-Nature Earth Day Celebration
    Stinson Beach
    Sunday, April 23, 11 am–3 pm
    Celebrate Earth Day by creating art on the beach! Join in as community members, professional artists, and passers-by construct sculpture using sand, rocks, shells, seaweed and other beach treasures. The event starts with beach cleanup (bags and gloves supplied). Find more info here.