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Celebrate Earth Day in the Bay Area 2019

Earth Day celebration at Stinson Beach on Sunday, April 22, 10 am–3 pm. Photo: Marco Sanchez.

Earth Day 2019 takes place on Monday, 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 and the Bay Area, and we've created a list of local Earth Day events, volunteer opportunities, or ways to celebrate nature and the planet.

Saturday, April 13

  • Earth Day Open House at China Camp
    China Camp State Park, San Rafael
    Saturday, April 13, 9 am–3 pm

    All ages welcome. Volunteer with us from 9:00am - noon to help remove invasive plants and repair split rail fencing. After the volunteer work day, join us from 9:00am - 3:00pm at our Open House! This family friendly event welcomes you to learn more about China Camp State Park. Activities include: Spanish language bird watching hike with naturalist Marco Berger (9:30am), all ages exploration of the Turtle Back nature trail with Sarah Ferner from National Estuarine Research Reserve (10:30am), Chinese Games, museum tours, wildflower walks, soccer relays (ages 6 and up), scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, and more! All ages welcome (volunteers ages 17 and younger must bring a waiver signed by a legal guardian). Please register here. Event details.
  • Earth Day Celebration
    Quarryhill Botanical Garden, Glen Ellen
    Saturday, April 13, 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, wildlife and farm animal displays, music and dance performances, lion dancers, fire engine tours, a nature scavenger hunt, slime and paper flower making, and more. Free admission; $10 parking fee per car (cash only). Location: 12841 Highway 12 in Glen Ellen. Event details

Sunday, April 14

  • Earth Day 2019
    Oakland Zoo
    Sunday, April 14, 10 am–3 pm

    Celebrate our beautiful planet, and the power of your own voice and actions with over 50 hands-on Earth Stations and local environmental organizations! Enjoy live music, performances, activities, and more. Get a free train ride by turning in a cell phone to recycle. Free after zoo admission. Event details
  • Earth Day at Safari West
    Santa Rosa
    Sunday, April, 14, 10 am–2 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. Book your excursion today and come party for the planet with Safari West and Friends! Event details

Friday, April 19

  • Ocean Warriors Earth Week Clean Up
    McNears Beach Park San Rafael
    Friday, April 20, 3:30–5:30 pm

    Our third grade Ocean Warriors are hosting a Clean Up in celebration of Earth Week! We are inviting everyone to McNears Beach (North of the pool) to help clean the beach and enjoy activities including: Micro-Classes on Tidal Ecology, Plastic Pollution, Naturalist Talk, Mindfulness, Water, and Habitat Restoration. More activities to come! :) RSVP please! Location: 201 Cantera Way, San Rafel. Event details.

Saturday, April 20

  • Free Entrance Days in the National Parks
    Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley
    Saturday, April 20

    Come experience the national parks! On four days in 2019, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Event details.
  • Earth Day at Hal Brown Park
    Hal Brown Park at Creekside, Greenbrae
    Saturday, April 20, 9 am–noon

    Join us to clean up litter from the Corte Madera Creek watershed and restore habitat at Hal Brown Park at Creekside. All skill levels are welcome and no previous experience is necessary. All ages are welcome; anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a supervising adult. Dress in layers you can get dirty, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water and a pair of gloves. Snacks will be provided. Location: Meet across from Marin General Hospital at Hal Brown Park at Creekside (at the pedestrian bridge near the bike path). Questions or to RSVP: Contact Volunteer Coordinator Kirk Schroeder at (415) 763-2977. Event details
  • Novato Clean & Green Day
    City of Novato Civic Green
    Saturday, April 20, 9 am–1 pm

    Bring the family and celebrate Earth Day by cleaning up our beautiful town.Help remove litter from schools, city streets, median strips, creek banks, parks & bike paths. Some supplies will be provided. Sponsored by the Novato Streetscape Committee. For more information or to register, please leave message on the Clean and Green hotline (415) 899-8244. Meet at Novato Civic Green, 901 Sherman Avenue. Event details
  • Mt Tam Earth Day: Bald Hill Broom Bust
    Bald Hill Open Space Preserve, San Anselmo
    Saturday, April 20, 9 am–1 pm

    Please join MMWD, Marin County Parks, and One Tam for their annual Bald Hill Broom Bust! Volunteers will focus on containing the spread of French and Scotch broom monocultures and also eradicate pioneer patches. Volunteers can meet at Deer Park and hike, bike or carpool to the site. Group leaders will depart Deer Park at 8:45 am. Or just meet the group at the site! This is a family-friendly event. Lunch provided. Event details
  • Earth Day Salmon Fest
    SPAWN Headquarters, Olema
    Saturday, April 20, 10 am–2 pm

    This Earth Day, join hands-on habitat restoration to save Marin County’s endangered coho salmon! The event focuses on increasing the diversity of native vegetation in newly created channels along the Lagunitas Creek floodplain to create great habitat for butterflies, birds, amphibians, and fish, and features guest speakers and activities for the whole family. Snacks and drinks provided. Free. Event details
  • Volunteer at Presidio Earth Day
    Fort Scott Field, San Francisco
    Saturday, April 20, 9 am–1 pm

    Join us for Presidio's annual volunteer event devoted to celebrating Earth Day! We’re excited, yet again, to be a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area's Earth Week celebration.. As a part of this event, Presidio volunteers are invited to bring friends and family for a morning of stewardship projects with a BBQ potluck and lawn games to follow. All ages are welcome. Registration is required. Event details
  • Earth Day Beach Cleanup hosted by Aquarium of the Bay
    Aquatic Park, San Francisco
    Saturday, April 20, 10 am–1 pm

    Aquarium of the Bay will celebrate with a special beach cleanup at Aquatic Park alongside longtime partner SF Maritime National Historical Park. Event details
  • Alcatraz Cruises Earth Day
    Pier 33, Alcatraz Landing, San Francisco
    Saturday, April 20, 10 am–2 pm

    Alcatraz Cruises is committed to maintaining the lowest possible impact on the environment. Our Earth Day Festivities highlight our sustainability efforts with interactive exhibits teaching how to make small changes that can have a positive impact on our environment. The event is free and open to the public at Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing and will include music, entertainment and fun for the entire family. Event details
  • Earth Day Celebration at Stinson Beach
    Stinson Beach
    Saturday, April 20, 10 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). Event details.
  • John Muir Birthday–Earth Day Celebration
    John Muir National Historic Site, Martinez
    Saturday, April 20, 10 am–4 pm

    Celebrate Earth Day and John Muir's 181st birthday. The celebration will include misc, stories, recycled fashion show, silent auction and a birthday cake. Location: 4202 Alhambra Avenue at Highway 4 in Martinez. Event details
  • Earth Day San Francisco
    Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco
    Saturday, April 20, 11 am–7 pm

    Celebrate the 49th year of Earth Day in San Francisco’s sunny Mission District. The theme for this year’s Earth Day is “Celebrate the Green New Deal”. Talks, demos, and workshops will go throughout the day with topics including conservation, climate change, recycling, and the intersection of politics, technology, and the environment. Event details

Sunday, April 21

  • Día Ecológico de los Niños/Earth Day and Day of the Child
    Pickleweed Park, San Rafael
    Sunday, April 21, 9 am–2 pm

    Join us for this day of fun in celebration of Earth Day and Day of the Child. Starting at 9 am, we will have a community trash clean up in conjunction with Bahia Vista Elementary School. Help pick up trash along the shoreline, near Pickleweed Park and Bahia Vista School! At 11 am, meet at the picnic area adjacent to Pickleweed Library for fun activities and games with Marin YMCA and Marin Library’s mobile Flagship. At 12:30 pm, enjoy an outdoor music performance from internationally known bilingual educator and performer, Jose Luis Orozco. Book giveaway and snack will be provided. Location: 50 Canal Street, San Rafael. Event details

Saturday, April 27

  • Earth Day OnStage
    Santa Rosa City Hall
    Saturday, April 27, noon–4 pm

    Santa Rosa’s annual Earth Day festival is a FREE, family-friendly event that brings the community together through live performances On Stage, local and earth friendly products, and eco-friendly crafts and activities for kids. Celebrate the Earth with great people, local food, beer, and wine! Location: Courthouse Square, 25 Old Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa. Event details.