There are plenty of fabulous festivals for Earth Day, but there’s no need to spend just one day learning about how to care for the planet and appreciating nature! LA has so many awesome ways for kids to learn about the environment and have fun at the same time. We’ve rounded up a few of the best activities and classes to try that aren’t just on Earth Day, but that you can do now and any time of the year.

photo: ReDiscover Center Facebook page

ReDiscover Center
Kids can learn all about the importance of reusing and recycling while they get creative with unique art projects. This recycled art studio offers young creators tons of materials to work with, that might otherwise be considered junk, but instead are used to make something new. Besides the Crafting Corner, where kids can create their own projects, reDiscover also offers Tinkering Classes and Workshops, where kids 7 & up can get hands-on experience using real tools to build and create with reused materials. The studio is open ‪Monday-Friday from 3-6 p.m. and weekends ‪from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Creating in the Crafting Corner is available anytime during open hours and costs $10 per crafter. Classes are offered on scheduled dates for varying fees. They also offer adult workshops every other ‪Wednesday evening, in case you want a unique and eco-friendly date night.

‪12958 W Washington Blvd.
‪Mar Vista

Nature Magic LA
Even your own backyard can be a great setting to learn about the environment, or in the case of this Valley Village class, someone else’s backyard. Gretchen Gesell, a credentialed teacher with over 15 years of experience, transformed her beautiful garden into a magical place for kids to explore nature. Classes and camps combining science and art are offered year round for kids ages 3-7.  Everything from nature walks to science experiments and exploring nature through art is part of this unique curriculum. Class sessions offered in the mornings and afternoons typically run for 8 weeks starting at $169.

Valley Village

photo: Tinkergarten

Kids are never too young to learn how much the natural environment has to offer and why it’s so important to protect. This parent and me class offers curious tots a chance to explore and learn in nature’s own outdoor classroom. Kids ages 18 months to 8 years old will learn about science and art while exploring the bugs, plant life and local environment of your neighborhood park. Besides being a great experience for developing social and motor skills, kids will also learn to appreciate the value of natural resources. Eight week class sessions are offered year round at locations all over LA. Each session is $180 per student, but siblings receive a discount.

Multiple locations including the Westside, South Bay, and San Fernando Valley

photo: Lorin M. via Yelp

This amazing non-profit organization has been caring for LA’s trees and educating kids (and grown-ups) about plant life for decades. Every fourth Sunday of the month you can pay a visit to their headquarters in Coldwater Canyon Park for a family tour of the surrounding landscape. You’ll learn all about the life cycle of water and the importance of conservation at the educational, but super fun, Dirt Lab. Your little botanists will be especially excited to take home a native tree seed to plant in your own yard. Tours are $5 per person, kids 4 and under are free. They also offer Dog Walks and Moonlight Hikes on a monthly basis, outings that get the whole family out and enjoying nature.

12601 Mullholland Dr.
Beverly Hills

photo: Julia S. via Yelp

STAR Eco Station
This amazing spot is an environmental science museum and animal rescue center all rolled into one. Little animal lovers will love meeting all of the exotic wildlife that lives at the Eco Station, including snakes, bobcats, alligators, birds, lizards and more. Guided tours of the hands-on exhibits with the animals teach your young explorers about ecology, environmentalism and the importance of protecting endangered species. Tours are available Saturdays and Sundays every hour ‪from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Adult admission is $8, children $6, and under twos are free.

10101 Jefferson Blvd.
‪Culver City

What eye-opening eco-friendly year-round activities have you checked out with your kids? Share any we missed in the comments.

—Shahrzad Warkentin