Earth Day Family Fun in Marin and the Bay Area
Marin & Bay Area Earth Day Family Happenings!
Earth Day 2023 takes place on Saturday, April 22. Families will find plenty of ways to observe the occasion here in Marin and the Bay Area (and online of course), and we've created a list of local Earth Day events, crafts, hands-on fun or ways to celebrate nature and the planet.
- Downtown Clean & Green Day
Friday, April 21, 10 am–noon
Join other awesome volunteers and business members in sprucing up Downtown for Earth Day! We’ll be removing graffiti, polishing up parking meters and sidewalk fixtures, pulling spring weeds, beautifying the intersections, and removing every little scrap of litter to help make Downtown match the beautiful merchants and other business owners who make San Rafael such a wonderful place to live.Meet at the City Plaza, 1000 4th Street, to check in and pick up supplies in a safe, outdoor manner. Look for the Business Improvement District canopy! Register here.
- Celebrate Earth Day! Bouverie Preserve
Saturday, April 22, 9:30 am–noon
Celebrate Earth Day and what it stands for by coming out to the Bouverie Preserve on Saturday, April 22 from 8:30 to noon to help with maintaining trails, pulling invasive species and supporting our fuel reduction efforts by building burn piles. These work projects involve physical tasks geared toward older kids and adults. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian. Free. Register here.
- Big Art Weekend
Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito
Saturday & Sunday, April 22 & 23, 10 am–4 pm
In honor of Earth Day, celebrate the art of nature and creative reuse at Big Art Weekend, April 22 – 23. Around every corner, you’ll discover new possibilities for creativity. Reserve your tickets here.
- Earth Day at Safari West
Santa Rosa, on the lawn
Saturday, April 22, 10 am–3 pm
Have an Earth Day adventure at Safari West! Once a year, the whole world comes together to celebrate the wildlife and wild places that make our planet wonderful. This Earth Day, we’ve invited a bunch of friends to help make the Sonoma Serengeti that much more special. Discover amazing organizations fighting to conserve species the world over! And of course, enjoy a safari adventure all your own. Reserve your spot here.
- Earth Day: Seeing Earth from Space
Chabot Space & Science Center, Oakland
Saturday, April 22, 10 am–6 pm
For Earth Day, we invite you to a showcase of science on Earth and from space! Learn about how NASA uses its global satellite resources to help better understand our air, land and seas. Buy Tickets
- Earth Day Fair at Black Mountain Farm
Black Mountain Farm, Nicasio
April 22, 11 am–4 pm
Spend Earth Day at Black Mountain Farm! Pet the farm animals, see the baby chicks, take a picture with the sheep, plant a tree, enjoy food and shopping from local vendors. More info
- Earth Day Saturday Morning Family Movie Mornings: WALL–E
Saturday, April 22, 10:30 am–noon
After hundreds of lonely years, a waste management robot finds a new purpose in life. With only a cockroach for a friend, he finds true love in another robot sent on a mission to Earth to see if it is safe for human life. Join us on Saturday, April 22nd at 10:30am in the community room for a Saturday morning matinee. This is a free event for families with kids ages 0-12.There is a capacity of 30 participants, on a first come first served basis.
- Landscape Is Homeland Festival
Exploratorium, San Francisco
Saturday, April 22, 11 am–5 pm
This Earth Day weekend, come together for a day of celebration and programming presented in partnership with the Association of Ramaytush Ohlone and the American Indian Cultural District. Join Indigenous artisans and community members as they share practices, stories, and food that are deeply rooted in the California landscape. Free, but ticket purchase is required to access the other galleries. More info here.
- Earth Day SF
Valencia Street between 19th and 21st Streets, San Francisco
Saturday, April 22, 11 am–6 pm
Gather with us on April 22, 2023, for Earth Day SF, as this is your launching pad for change. In our Activism Zone, we’ll have dynamic speakers, green non-profits, and a selection of exhibitors and sponsors who focus on sustainability. View transit options in our Green Mobility Zone. We’ll have live music, a vegan chef’s showcase, an interactive art wall, and kid’s activities. Event details
- Earth Day Clean-Up
Parking Lot Adjacent to Playground
100 Drake Avenue, Marin City
Saturday, April 22, 9–3 pm
Sausalito's Earth Day Cleanup will move to Marin City this year, bringing together two neighboring communities with a shared commitment to maintaining the beauty of our parks and public spaces. Bring friends and family of all ages at any time between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. Participants will be provided with gloves, garbage bags, recycling buckets, and trash pickers, if needed. Water and snacks will also be available. Bay Cities Refuse will have a dumpster on site. Event details.
- Earth Day at Sonoma State Historic Park
Saturday, April 22, noon
Come out and celebrate Earth Day and learn about how we can protect and enjoy our natural environments in our area and beyond. Our table and exhibit will be set up at 20 East Spain Street in front of the park office. There is no charge for the program. Event details.
- Earth Day at the UC Botanical Garden
Saturday, April 22, noon–3 pm
Celebrate Earth Day by taking a botanical adventure to see plants from around the world! Onsite, drop-in discovery stations will be located throughout the Garden from and staffed by trained docents. A free shuttle will run a continuous loop between the Lawrence Hall of Science parking lot, the Garden and the Greek Theater at the top of UC Berkeley campus from 11:30 am–3 pm. Online timed-admission tickets are required for all visitors that are not UCBG Members or Cal Affiliates. Event details.
- Earth Day Sail
Saturday, April 22, 3–6 pm
Join Call of the Sea in Sausalito for a sail aboard tall ship on the Matthew Turner to celebrate Earth Day on San Francisco Bay, exploring sustainability & marine biology. Limited tickets available. Reserve your spot here.
- Earth Day at Hal Brown Park
Bothin Marsh Preserve, Mill Valley
Sunday, April 23, 9 am–noon
Celebrate Earth Day by joining us for habitat restoration at Hal Brown Park, and litter removal within the Corte Madera Creek watershed. Appropriate for all ages. We’ll provide snacks and water. Bring gloves and a water bottle. No pets (except service dogs) are allowed. Registration required. Event details
- Point Reyes Birding & Nature Festival Sunday Family FUN Day
Livery Lawn, Point Reyes Station
Sunday, April 23, 10 am–2 pm
Bring the family for Earth Day weekend. Join us for this family day of fun on the Livery Lawn in Point Reyes Station. Show your spirit and dress WILD: Think wildlife-inspired costume wigs, wings, headwear, masks, face paint, etc. Families are also encouraged to bring a blanket, snacks, and lunch, so you can hang on the lawn. Registration required.
- Stinson Beach Cleanup
Sunday, April 23, 1–3 pm
Help us to clean up Stinson Beach! After such large storms the beach needs some TLC and we'd love for you to join us. Help us lead by example, steward our coastline, and keep our beaches beautiful, clean, and safe for all of us to enjoy! All ages welcome. Event details.
- Earth Day Marin: Earth Day Marin: Create a Better World
Mill Valley Recreation
Sunday, April 23, 1–5 pm
Celebrate Earth Day with activities, art, exhibits, games, music, youth … and free ice cream! Earth Day Marin is free and family-friendly, inviting thousands of people to join fun activities, art, music, talks and booths about climate action in a beautiful outdoor setting. We expect this to be Marin’s largest Earth Day event! Free. Register here.
Earth Day Family Scavenger Hunt
- Go on an Earth Day scavenger hunt with the kiddos this week. Get our fun scavenger hunt printable here.
- Kids can become a Junior Explorer with the National Park Service. Find out how here.
Family Spring Hike
- Get outdoors and appreciate the amazing surroundings and views on one of our 6 spectacular spring wildflower hikes.
- Earth Day experiments with the Exploratorium. Explore the Earth’s atmosphere and oceans this Earth Day with free, hands-on, teacher-tested activities that use everyday materials and real data sets.
- Paint Kindness Rocks. Go on a hike and collect some interesting rocks. Paint the rocks and add some special words of inspiration. You can also paint rocks as garden markers (i.e. tomatoes, lettuce…).
- Recycled egg carton ladybugs. Get a jump on the spring season with this ladybug craft made from a recycled egg carton. These ladybugs are adorable, easy to make, and of course environmentally friendly. Use colorful paints to brighten and make these cool ladybugs stand out.
- Make a Mini Terrarium. It's fun and easy to create your own world in a recycled glass container and decorate it with found materials. This project is great for all ages!
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