Earth Day is officially April 22nd. Here are some awesome local events you might want to check out. They’re fun and educational for the whole family and most are free.
SATURDAY, APRIL 11
Earth Day in Haymarket
8:00am – Noon
8:00 – 9:30 Washington St clean up
9:00 – noon Farming Exhibit at the museum
10:00 – 11:00 Scavenger Hunt
10:00 – noon Environmental Learning Stations
11:30 Scavenger Hunt Prizes Awarded
Free shredding at 14700 Gap Way
SATURDAY, APRIL 18
Live Well Festival in Historic Manassas
9:00am – 2:00pm
An Earth Day celebration dedicated to recycling, the environment, and wellness.
The event features non-profit “drop-offs” for used household items/clothing, document shredding, electronics/cell phone recycling, environmental info booths, earth-friendly arts & crafts, live entertainment, farmer’s market, sidewalk sale, free exercise classes, demos, and health and wellness information.
Earth Day Symposium: Faith Communities Partnering for Climate Solutions
1:00pm – 4:30pm
Keynote: Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, United Nations Foundation, George Mason University: “A Wild Solution for Climate Change”
Panelists: Sharon Bulova, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors ● Stephen Nash, Virginia Climate Fever ● Jacqui Patterson, NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program ● Lonnie Ellis, Catholic Climate Covenant ● Omar Bagneid, Green Muslims ● Joelle Novey, Interfaith Power & Light (moderator)
Dozens of Faith Communities ● Tools To Change Your Lifestyle ● How To Green Your Congregation ● Strategies for Sustainability ● Co-sponsored by Interfaith Power & Light (MD.DC.NoVA)
Unity of Fairfax, 2854 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton, VA 22124
Earth Day Climate Jam Benefit Concert
7:30pm – 10:00pm
Performers: Craig Phillips, Debu Nayak, and Soumya Chakraverty (Indian classical) ● SongRise (Progressive Acapella) ● Kofi Dennis (African Perscussion) ● UUCF Earth Band (Green Rock)
Refreshments and light snacks provided
$10 at the Door ● Children Free ● Child-Care Provided
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Rd., Oakton, VA 22124
TUESDAY, APRIL 21
Earth Day Celebration
10:30am to 1:30pm
George Mason University Prince William Campus, Bull Run Hall, Atrium
Enjoy Food, activities, and local environmental vendors from the community.
Linda Chilin, (703) 993-9779, firstname.lastname@example.org, University Life, Prince William
SATURDAY, APRIL 26
Earth Day At Loudoun
11am – 4pm
• To educate and inspire action through creating awareness and sense of urgency of environmental issues
• To provide resources and tools to implement environmental practices as part of our daily routine
• To support projects for conserving and restoring habitats and other environmental resources
• To support students with science projects focused on the eco-systems, renewable energy and environmental sustainability in general
• To educate the residents about becoming environmental stewards in their own lives
• To provide public discussion forum for environmental issues at the local level
• To facilitate a venue for our exhibitors to introduce and inform the public, especially students with all major areas of Earth Sciences, including ecology, geology, biology, oceanography, and environmental sciences
• To support projects for outreaching and educating Loudoun residents about natural resources
• To celebrate accomplishments of eco-friendly living
Earth Day Event at Leesylvania State Park
1:00pm – 4:00pm
The winners of an “upcycling” competition will be announced. Upcycling involves taking used or discarded items and using them to create something beautiful or environmentally useful.., Leesylvania State Park, 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Dr., Woodbridge. Free. 703-583-6904.
Compost Awareness Day
10:00am – 2:00pm
WTOP’s “Garden Guru” Mike McGrath will discuss the benefits of backyard composting; plus workshops by master gardeners, a plant sale, exhibits and vendors. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Prince William County Balls Ford Road Yard Waste Compost Facility, 13000 Balls Ford Rd., Manassas. Free. 703-792-6254
SUNDAY, APRIL 27
Earth Day Celebration in Triangle
Presentations by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, Prince William County Department of Public Works and the Virginia Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners, plus displays and vegetarian food.
The parish school will collect printer cartridges for recycling. 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m., St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 18825 Fuller Heights Rd., Triangle. Free.