Spring has sprung in our corner of the state, which means we are all rushing outside to enjoy the warmth and sun. Kids, especially, thrive when given the chance to get a little fresh air, so what better opportunity to teach them about that air – and the rest of our environment – than Earth Day? Earth Day falls on Thursday, April 22 this year and Cincinnati is rolling out the red carpet for our beautiful planet. It’s so crucial to teach our little ones about the importance of preserving our natural surroundings, and there’s no shortage of fun opportunities to celebrate it this year.
Check out this list of 10 ways to celebrate Earth Day in Southwest Ohio:
The City Nature Challenge is an international effort for people to find and document plants and wildlife in cities across the globe. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 City Nature Challenge will not be focused on competition; instead it will embrace the healing power of nature and celebrate tens of thousands of people all around the world, searching for and documenting their local biodiversity, together in this event, which runs from April 30-May 3. And you can help Cincinnati Parks and Great Parks of Hamilton County discover and catalog urban biodiversity in Hamilton County!
Surrounding yourself with the beauty of nature is a great way to remind yourself why it is so important to protect this planet we call home. On select days, including Earth Day, guests can experience more than 17,700 acres of natural habitat, nearly 80 miles of trails, lakes and river access, playgrounds, dog parks, golf courses and much more without the need for a Great Parks Motor Vehicle Permit.
Two new beehives will be installed on the grounds of the Cincinnati Art Museum in mid-April in conjunction with the Queen City Pollinator Project. Pollinators are a vital part of a balanced ecosystem. Nearly all pollinators are suffering from declines and installing hives assists their repopulation. Beginning May 1, The public will be able to “adopt a bee” for a $5 or $10 donation – one more way to help these vital contributor’s to our planet’s well being.
The Greater Cincinnati Earth Day Celebration 2021 will be virtual this year, but it will still be packed with tons of informative fun! The event will be held on Thursday, April 22 on the Greater Cincinnati Earth Day Coalition Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube social media channels. Learn creative ways environmental organizations around the globe are celebrating the 51st Anniversary of Earth Day. GCEC will also be sharing some ways they are sustaining hope through this crisis and inviting all of you to join us on social media.
The Cincinnati Nature Center in Milford is a wonderful spot to take your family to spend time in nature and even get a little dirty. Pack your lunch (think eco-friendly!), take a hike, and then spend time getting up close and personal with our Earth and nature in the incredible child-friendly playscape. The Nature Center will also be hosting a series of events – from family-friendly programs to a native plant sale to online programs, there’s something for everyone to do to connect to the Earth in April!
On April 15, children ages 2-5 will learn how they can help to “Restore Our Earth” as we take them through a fun earth day hunt collecting supplies needed so they can make a difference in this world during Wiggle Worms – Earth Day Celebration. In the evening, children in kindergarten through age 9 can take part in station based crafts, activities and games focused on caring for our planet during Green Grasshoppers – Earth Day Celebration. Registration is required for both programs.
This family-owned gem opens its Garden Center on April 9, and has everything you need for gardening success! The Garden Center at Blooms & Berries is different from your typical garden center, as it’s truly a place for families. While perusing the rows of picture-perfect plants, you’ll find simple garden projects, affordable supplies and lots of opportunities to make meaningful family moments.
TreeFest has become a yearly tradition for many residents of Kettering. Join the city this year on Saturday, April 17 and help plant trees and flowers for our pollinator friends, clean up the park, and enjoy giving back to planet earth! Bring gloves, shovels and a watering container if you have them! Open to all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Five Rivers MetroParks’ annual Earth Day celebration, Adopt-A-Park, will return this year — but in a different way. The public is invited to participate and help MetroParks protect the region’s natural heritage by registering for and picking up free Adopt-A-Park service kits. Kits are free, but registration is required by April 16.
On Saturday, April 24, Tecumseh Land Trust and Glen Helen are hosting the Native Plant Sale and Swap in honor of Earth Day and Ohio Native Plant Month. You can bring plants to swap, or purchase donated plants.