It may be bit belated, but get ready to celebrate our beautiful planet ALL weekend long with these Earth Day events.  From free garden-inspired art projects with City Bloom to a master garden tour along Connecticut Ave., get your hands dirty while learning about native plants and local fauna. Continue the festivities online with an Earth Day family concert, a birding & nature festival, a cooking demonstration and an exploration of tidal pools. For a full list of weekend picks, scroll below.

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IN-PERSON EVENTS

Free Garden Tours & Crafts with City Bloom 
Visit one of City Bloom’s five community spaces during their weekly “Open Times” and enjoy staff-led activities for children and families — for free! Open Times are a chance for visitors to experience the garden through a variety of activities, including art and maintenance. Anyone who comes to lend a hand is welcome to take home some garden goodies as part of the “you help, you harvest” policy. Fri. Event details. 

Wild Child Hike
This isn’t your average walk in the woods. Scamper like a squirrel, balance like a billy goat, and run like a rabbit through the park. Black Hill Nature Programs in Boyd, MD is leading this on-and-off-the-trail hiking adventure. This afternoon out in the woods is worth the drive! Wear shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Sun. Event details. 

Master Garden Tour for Kids
Join Master Gardener Kathy Sykes on a 75-minute walk exploring the street gardens along Connecticut Ave. Learn the names and unique features of some of our native and perennial plants. You will also learn about “keystone plants” that provide tremendous benefits to our environment. You can easily translate this knowledge to your home garden! Sun. Event details. 

Anacostia River Tour
Grab your paddleboard, kayak or canoe and get ready to embark on an adventure from Bladensburg Waterfront Park promptly at 10:00 a.m. This guided tour will head downstream towards the National Arboretum dock. Hop out of your boat for about an hour and a half to explore what is blooming at the Arboretum. This tour starts out near the hollies, magnolias and dogwoods. Sun. Event details. 

Animal Family Day at Mount Vernon
Visit the 12-Acre Field to learn about Mount Vernon’s heritage breeding program and the active role we play in preserving historic breeds. Enjoy fun activities such as story time, take home crafts, and an Animal Passport to explore the estate. Sat. Event details. 

VIRTUAL EVENTS

Living Earth Virtual Festival 
In celebration of Earth Day, the National Museum of the American Indian’s annual Living Earth Festival will be available on demand over four days.  Living Earth brings together Native innovators and practitioners dedicated to using Indigenous knowledge to protect and sustain the environment. Through conversations, cooking demonstrations and film screenings, this year’s festival explores agriculture trends, innovations and sustainability in Indigenous communities and Native-owned businesses. Fri.-Sun. Event details. 

Earth Month Celebration
April 22, 2021 marks the 51st anniversary of Earth Day, and the Roundhouse Aquarium is set to honor this milestone virtually with amazing, family-friendly programs. This Sat., join the aquarium as they explore tidepools. Sat. Event details. 

Nature Fest 2021
Calling all families with fledglings ages 5 – 18! Grab your brood and hop online for free youth & family activities in conjunction with the 2021 Point Reyes Birding & Nature Virtual Festival. Sat. Event details. 

Family Concert: Earth
In celebration of Earth Day, join the Seattle Symphony to explore the relationship between the land and the people who inhabit it. Extend your experience with Earth Day activities and crafts after the concert. Sat. Event details. 

—Meghan Yudes Meyers