Marin & Bay Area Earth Day Events 2016

April 15, 2016

Stinson Beach Earth DayEarth Day 2016 takes place on Friday, 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.

Fun Events for Earth Day

  • STEAM Saturday: Earth Day
    San Rafael Public Library
    Saturday, April 16, 11–11:45 am

    STEAM powered stories, rhymes, songs, crafts, experiments, and sensory experiences for preschool children ages 3–6 and their caregivers. Please wear comfy clothes that are OK to get messy! Register at the Children’s Reference Desk, or at (415) 485-3322. Location: 1100 E Street, San Rafael. For more info, visit their website.
  • Berkeley Bay Festival
    Shorebird Park, Berkeley Marina
    Saturday, April 16, 11 am–4 pm

    The Bay Festival, now in its 79th year, showcases activities and environmental education that are available at the Berkeley Marina and all around the region. Come celebrate the Earth and our Bay by listening to music, eating wonderful food, and enjoying a day by the Bay. This free event is for all ages, and features live music and entertainment, free sailboat rides and dragon boat paddling lessons, food vendors, and local recreational and education groups. For more info, visit their website.
  • Celebrate Earth Day
    Quarryhill Botanical Garden, Glen Ellen
    Saturday, April 16, 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 & crafts, face painting, Lion Dance by RECA, mini kayak rides, kid's animal yoga, nature scavenger hunt and much, much more.... Cost: $5 parking fee (cash only). Location: 12841 Highway 12 in Glen Ellen. For more info, visit their website.
  • Climate SCIENCE: Earth Day Celebrate!
    Bay Model Visitor Center, Sausalito
    Saturday, April 16, 11:30 am–2:30 pm

    Join rangers and naturalists from the Bay Model and Aquarium of the Bay to find out what our communities are doing to adapt to changes in our climate. Make your own beaver dams, wetlands, and watersheds and learn how these activities are helping policy-makers and scientists envision innovative solutions to climate change. Free. Location: 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. For more info, visit their website.
  • Kids Kokoro
    George "Rocky" Graham Park, Marin City
    Saturday, April 16, noon–1 pm

    Join Marin County Parks for a unique exercise program focused for children from ages 7–13. Kids Kokoro will be fun, innovating and highly refreshing. Instructor Sigung Donna Ramos-Burns will lead the children in creative ways of using the park by stretching, jogging, aerobic, and incorporating self-defense moves. Yoga mats are suggested. Location: 630 Drake Avenue, Marin City. For more info, visit their website.
  • Earth Day Celebration 2016
    Alameda South Shore Center
    Saturday, April 16, 12–3 pm

    Free earth-friendly, educational fun for the whole family in Center and Neptune Court at Alameda South Shore Center. Enjoy live music by The Harmonics, a steel band.  The Conscious Carnival will join us for eco-friendly carnival games, Camp Galileo will host upcycling craft tables, and Resilience the Recycle Superhero will have free raffle prizes.  We'll also be joined by the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse. For more info, visit their website.
  • Earth Day Scavenger Hunt
    Mill Valley Library

    Wednesday, April 20, 2:30–4 pm
    Enjoy a fun-filled event learning about the SmartGarden with a scavenger hunt, nature crafts, and much more! All ages. Families welcome. Registration recommended.  More info and registration.
  • Hands-On Watershed Restoration Program
    Corte Madera Library
    Wednesday, April 20, 4 pm

    Learn about the watershed with Patti Vance of Point Blue. For children 5 years and older. Kids are invited to experiment with a 4’ X 4’ working model of a watershed and learn about some of the 500 Bay Area STRAW projects. STRAW stands for “Students andTeachers Restoring a Watershed”. Location: 707 Meadowsweet Dr., Corte Madera. For more info, visit their website.
  • My Earth Day Marin
    Various locations throughout Marin County
    Friday, April 22–Sunday, April 24
    Marin County Parks and the My Earth Day Marin Coalition will host a wide variety of service projects and activities throughout Marin County in honor of Earth Day. This event is for all ages and abilities. Visit My Earth Day for more info and a complete list of opportunities.
  • Insect Discovery Lab
    Mill Valley Library
    Friday, April 22, 3:30–4:30 pm

    Explore the fantastic lives of beetles, millipedes, tarantulas, walking sticks, whip scorpions and more! Insect Discovery Lab will bring their hands-on Insect Discovery Lab. They will introduce you to the extraordinarily diverse world of insects and other arthropods and teach you about their key role in the web of life. Creekside Room, Mill Valley Public Library. For ages 4 to 13. Advance registration required. More info and registration.
  • Novato Clean & Green Day
    City of Novato Civic Green
    Saturday, April 23, 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: A Celebration of Service and the Centennial
    Mt. Tamalpais
    Saturday, April 23, 9 am–1 pm

    Bring the family to celebrate Earth Day on Mt. Tam with special service projects around the mountain. This special Earth Day celebration also celebrates the NPS Centennial. Following the morning work day, join an iNaturalist workshop and a wildflower hike. Visit their website for more info and project locations.
  • Slide Ranch Spring Fling
    Muir Beach
    Saturday, April 23, 10 am–4 pm

    Celebrate springtime on the farm with live music, local organic cuisine, and hands-on farm and craft activities for all ages. Learn where your food comes from by milking goats, feeding chickens, touring the organic garden, or making bread, butter, and cheese. Enjoy live music from Tim Cain and Little Folkies. Cost: $30 per person; ages 2 and under are free. Discounts apply for families of 4 or more. Find more info here.
  • Earth Day at Corte Madera Creek
    Corte Madera
    Saturday, April 23, 10 am–1 pm

    WildCare Family Adventures will join Marin County Parks' for an Earth Day Celebration with habitat restoration and clean up of the area. We'll start with a hike along the creek looking for the elusive Ridgeway Clapper Rail, which has been spotted around the marsh. Bring binoculars to look at the aquatic birds, such as Black-necked Stilts, American Avocets, Great Egrets, and Buffleheads. 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 SF Street Fest
    22nd & Valencia Streets
    Saturday, April 23, 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, and an eco-carnival and kids' zone. Find more info here.
  • Earth Day in the Eelgrass
    Heart's Desire Beach, Tomales Bay State Park
    Saturday, 10 am–3 pm
    Come enjoy Earth Day at Hearts Desire Beach with California State Park Eelgrass Volunteer Monitors and others! Volunteers will snorkel, kayak and wade. Please bring your own sunscreen, beach chairs, water, snacks, and lunch. Look through binoculars at birds, hear about eelgrass ecology and see it in action, play eelgrass bingo, and more. Event is free; $8 per vehicle state park entrance fee. For more info, visit their website.
  • Annual Free Create-with-Nature Earth Day Celebration
    Stinson Beach
    Saturday, 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.
  • Earth Day Celebration
    San Francisco Zoo

    Sunday, April 24, 11 am–3 pm
    The Earth Day Celebration at the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens. Participate in many fun, interactive activities to learn how to be more green in daily life. Kid-friendly activities include how to attract monarch butterflies, take-home flower plantings and other crafts. Taste fresh produce, coffee and water from our Water Bar while listening to band Alphabet Rockers and watching stilt-walkers stroll through the grounds. Free with zoo admission. While you're here, sign up for an Earth Day themed Wild Walk, "It's Easy Being Green," at 10 am or noon.
  • Kids Kokoro
    George "Rocky" Graham Park, Marin City
    Saturday, April 23, 12–1 pm

    We invite you to come and join us for a unique exercise program focused for children from ages 7 through 13.  Kids Kokoro will be fun, innovating and highly refreshing since the class is generally offered in the park.  Instructor, Sigung Donna Ramos-Burns will lead the children in creative ways of using the park by stretching, jogging, aerobic, and incorporating self-defense moves that will be enjoyable to all.  Yoga mats are suggested and comfortable shoes. Location: 630 Drake Avenue, Marin City. For more info, visit their website.
  • Earth Day Festival
    Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa
    Saturday, April 23, noon–4 pm

    Join Santa Rosa for its 7th 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 on stage at Courthouse Square, local and earth friendly products, and eco-friendly crafts and activities for kids. Find more information here.
  • Earth Day Aquatic Park Cleanup
    Aquatic Park, San Francisco
    Sunday, April 24, 9 am–noon
    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, as well as a coffee mug for free coffee from Biscoff Coffee Corner. Meet at the end of Jefferson Street by the propeller sculpture. Registration and more info.

Photo: Earth Day Celebration at Stinson Beach by Zach Pine