Portlanders reduce, reuse, recycle and bike-to-work like nobody’s business (and we do it the rain) so when it comes to a holiday celebrating Mother Earth, we’re all in. Earth Day falls on Sat., April 22, so mark your calendars and get ready to have fun, because we’ve rounded up the best events and activities for families to attend. Read on to find out more!

photo: Colleen Proppe via flickr

Stream Team Earth Day Fest
Clark Country Public Utilities’ StreamTeam is hosting their 18th annual Earth Day Fest with free fun and games for the whole family. Kids activities, wildlife shows, salmon releases, and more? Count us in! They partner with Clark County Vegetation Management to bring supporters interactive nature demonstrations and entertainment from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. near Klineline Pond. Feeling eager? Register in advance to plant trees or pull garlic mustard9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

When: Sat., Apr. 22
Time: 10 a.m.
Cost: free
Salmon Creek Greenway
800 NE 117th St.
Vancouver, Wa
Online: clarkpublicutilities.com

photo: jacqueline_venner via flickr

Operation Clean Sweep
Alberta Street’s 7th annual Earth Day clean up offers more than just a a feel-good chore. The event welcomes neighbors near and far to clean up Alberta Street then celebrate at the Golden Garbage Awards. After cleaning up garbage and removing graffiti along Alberta from MLK to 33rd Avenue, you’re invited to eat pizza, Salt & Straw Ice Cream, treats from Random Order, and enter to win prizes from local businesses. Don’t forget to bring your own water, gloves and any tools that might help beautify the area. FAQ are answered here and don’t forget to register online ahead of time.

When: Sat. Apr. 22
Time: 10 a.m. to 1:30 PM
Cost: free
Check in at NE 18th and Alberta
Online: albertamainst.org

If you’re out in Salem, and want to keep the Earth Day fun going even after the 22nd, check out Willamette University’s free annual earth, art and music festival. It features local schools, performance groups, and bands that work with local businesses and college groups to fundraise for different charities. From 12 p.m. to 5:20 p.m., the festival will focus on activities and games, student musical acts, booths, and food. If you and your family come later in the evening from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. you can rock out to a concert at Brown Field. The lineup is coming soon, so check back closer to the event.

When: Sat., Apr. 29
Time: 12 p.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: free
900 State St.
Salem, Or

photo: Danielle Kuehnel via flickr

Oregon Garden’s Earth Day
The garden celebrates Earth Day with free admission (the only time of year they do this!), activities, entertainment, exhibitors, and food. If you’ve never been to the garden, you’re in for a treat. Take a peek at their 80-acre botanical garden in historic Silverton for an idea of what’s in store for you and your family on Earth Day. Make sure you visit its Children’s Garden, and adjacent Train Garden. Take the tram tour when little feet get tired from all the adventuring. Park for $5 on site, or park for free nearby at a designated lot and hitch a free shuttle to the event.

When: Apr. 22
Time: 10 a.m.-4pm
Cost: $5 suggested donation, $5 for on site parking, free shuttle for off site parking
879 W. Main St.
Silverton, Or
Online: oregongarden.org

photo: thereporter71 via flickr

SOLVE Cleanups
Presented by Portland General Electric, Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism (SOLVE), is a non-profit organization that has one mission: “Bring Oregonians together to improve our environment and build a legacy of stewardship.” Interested? Good thing there are countless Earth Day clean-ups to choose from this April 22. Transform Barrows Park in Beaverton to a thriving habitat, spruce up the Oregon Human Society Dog Path or join the 2nd Annual Invasive Species Scavenger hunt in Vancouver; those are just a few of the options for volunteer action. Check out the website below to find a volunteer opportunity that works for you and your family.

When: Sat. Apr. 22
Time: Check online for details on events
Cost: free
Locations all over Oregon
Online: solveoregon.org

How does your family celebrate Earth Day? Let us know in the comments!

—Kris Wilhelmy


featured photo: solveoregon.org