Earth Day in Portland means a chance to take a look around and remember why we recycle and take walks. It’s beautiful here! Help celebrate that while pitching it to make it even better this Earth Day. Check out these five free events to encourage you to enjoy, volunteer, relax, and celebrate. Who knows, maybe you’ll even end up hugging a tree. Read on for more!

Friends of Trees

Sign up for some volunteer work to get muddy this Earth Day—good for you and the earth! Friends of Trees welcomes all ages to join in as a Tree Planter when accompanied by an adult, and they offer opportunities throughout the month (and beyond). You and your kids will be able to plant your very own trees with help, all over the city. What a great chance to talk about what those trees (and the earth!) might look like in 5, 10, or 15 years! Check the online calendar for a spot and location details, then show up ready to get dirty!

Various dates and locations throughout Portland, Salem and Eugene

Online: friendsoftrees.org/volunteer/

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Wulapalooza at Willamette University

A free festival that celebrates earth, art, and music, this year marks the 20th occurance of Willamette University’s favorite earth day event with the theme ‘Dream.’ Bring your blanket to lounge on the grass for the performances, bands, and games from local school groups, businesses, students, and college groups. The first half of the day will be all about games and activities, while the last evening will feature a rockin’ concert. Check back soon for the official lineup, but get it on your calendar now!

Sat. Apr. 14, 12-9 p.m.
Brown Field
900 State St
Salem, OR
Online: facebook.com/wulapalooza/

SOLVE IT for Earth Day

Founded in 1969, SOLVE has been supporting volunteer clean-up efforts in Oregon for decades. From the beach, the park, all the way to your local neighborhood bench, SOLVE volunteers have pitched in everywhere. Join in for their biggest effort of the year-- SOLVE IT for Earth Day! Made up of dozens of events at locations all over the city, there are options for everyone, everywhere. Your family can choose a place that holds meaning for you--maybe a favorite nature park or your local creek--and join in to help clean up. Organizers will have easy and hard tasks to allow all ages to pitch in. Most events provide gloves, tools, and snacks, so all you have to do is sign up and show up!

Online: solveoregon.org/volunteer-earth-day

Earth Day Eve at Made You Look

Join the party at Made You Look for some Earth Day Eve fun! Nurtured Spaces, made up of former preschool teachers turned space designers, will be there to bring their expert sense of play to one of the funnest toy stores around!  Toddler and kids will love to hang out in the teepee, crawl through the tunnel, then get busy with kid and earth friendly crafting! RSVP to hi@madeyoulook.com

Free!
Sat., Apr. 21, 10 a.m.- noon
2418 E. Burnside St.
Portland, OR
Online: https://madeyoulookpdx.com/

Earth Day at the Oregon Garden

The lovely 80 acre botanical gardens blooms in spring, and their Earth Day event offers free admission to the spectacle! Take advantage of this once-a-year event to explore the grounds along with food, entertainment, and exhibits celebrating growth and life. The over 20 specialty gardens include water features, a Train Garden, pet-friendly areas, and a sensory garden. Kids will especially love the activities in the Children’s Garden, where they’ll find a Hobbit Hole, treehouse, dinosaur bones, and lots of weird plants!

 
$5 suggested donation
Parking onsite for $5, or free shuttles available from town
Sat., Apr. 21, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
879 W. Main St.
Silverton, OR
Online: oregongarden.org/earth-day/

What’s your favorite way to celebrate Earth Day every day? Tell us in the comments below!

 

—Katrina Emery