We’re sure you’ve heard, after all you’re a good citizen of this planet that we love. But just in case, it’s Earth Month! This is the weekend we celebrate Mother Nature and take extra steps to show her that we care. So get out there. Roll up those little sleeves and clean up a beach, attend a march and learn how we can protect the planet everyday.

Photo: Angela Barton

San Francisco

This is One Earth Friendly Party
It’s time to celebrate Earth to learn more about how we can protect it, too. That’s just what you’ll find at Earth Day SF, which combines music with world-renowned speakers, sustainable fashion shows, a green education center, an organic food court and more. There are all kinds of eco-activities for kids, from arts and crafts to healthy snacks and maybe even taking a spin on a bike-powered merry-go-round, too. Sat. Event details.

The Doctor Says, A Park Per Day!
Park Prescription Day is celebrated across the United States to promote the growing movement of prescribing parks and nature to patients to improve human health. Additionally, Park Prescription Day encourages everyone to start seeing visits to parks and public lands as very important parts of their health. We encourage everyone to connect with parks daily for improved physical, mental, and spiritual health. This is a national event hosted by the National Park Service, in conjunction with National Park Week, which takes place from April 15-23. There are 35 events happening across the country, more than 10 events hosted in the Bay Area, and the signature event of this national celebration will be taking place on Crissy Field in San Francisco. Sun. Event details.

Surf, Sand and Trash Bags
Join Surfrider SF for its annual Earth Day Beach cleanup at Ocean Beach plus an afterparty to celebrate this awesome planet! Gloves and buckets will be provided but participants are encouraged to bring their own. Rain cancels clean-ups. Check their twitter account for updates. Sun. Event details.

East Bay

Watch Your Friday Night Movie By The Lake
It’s Friday night so celebrate with the family by getting cozy at Lake Chabot for an outdoor movie night. This week, you can watch “Finding Dory” under the stars. The movie begins shortly after sunset Arrive early to secure a good seat. Bring a flashlight, warm clothes, and a blanket or chair for sitting. Snacks and drinks will be available for purchase. Fri. Event details.

Hug Mama Earth at this Wildlife Festival
Pack up the family and head to the Annual Wildlife Festival at Wagner Ranch in Orinda. The historic ranch and 18-acre nature preserve, which is rarely open to the public, includes a variety of earth-friendly activities: Vsit animals in the garden, try out DIY gardening projects, hands-on nature arts and crafts, and earth day games.  The day include a rare docent tour of the meadows, woodland, ponds and streams, and the historic home site of Theodore Wagner, California’s first Surveyor General. Sun. Event details.

South Bay

Celebrate Earth Day Along the San Lorenzo River
The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History and Coastal Watershed Council is wrapping up a series of wildlife walks along the San Lorenzo River culminating in an Earth Day celebration. Walk alongside expert birders, wildlife specialists, and fisheries biologists on guided walks. Registration is required. Each program starts in downtown Santa Cruz at the southwest side of the Soquel Ave. Bridge over the San Lorenzo River, south of the CVS/Trader Joe’s parking lot. Sat. Event details.

March for Science in San Jose
Come together in San Jose and around the world to March for Science. Whether you’re a scientist or just appreciate the role science plays in our lives, everyone is welcome at this family-friendly celebration. The March starts at 11 a.m. at San Jose City Hall and the rally begins at noon in the Plaza de Cesar Chavez. Sat. Event details.


High Five The Earth at this Hidden Villa Gathering
It’s time to send a big thank you to Mother Earth this weekend and Hidden Villa is a great place to take care of business. This Earth Day gathering include the creation of an Earth mandala (think getting dirty, it’ll take soil, rocks, twigs and flowers) as well as nature games, crafts and more. This program is limited to 100 people/40 cars. Sat. Event details.

Salute Mother Earth at this Festival
Celebrate Mother Earth by learning to be a better citizen of the planet at the Marina Science Institute. Located on the San Francisco Bay, the festivities will include encounters with bay mud and sea creatures and and earth-friendly tunes. The Banana Slug String Band will jam for a couple of hours and Rock Steady Jugglers will perform, too. Register in advance for an eco-cruise ($20) and, if you dare, an opportunity to feed the sharks. Sat. Event details.

North Bay

Take Your Art Project on a Friday Night Hike
It’s Earth Month and what better way to give a nod to the Lovely Mother Nature that creating a sunset inspired piece of art. Led by a an Environmental Science Educator, you and the family will hike to a vista in the Marin Headlands where you will create this wonderful piece of art. The evening hikes are usually no more than two miles and allow for fun and learning along the way. After the hike all the necessary supplies for some fun around the campfire including S’more roasting, campfire skits & fun sing alongs! Fri. Event details.

Help Make Mt. Tam (Even More) Beautiful
One Tam is partnering with Friends of Mt. Tam at Mountain Theater on Mt. Tam for a morning of service. Projects will include pulling invasive plants that threaten the mountain’s biodiversity, improving trails, and working to maintain the theater. Volunteers of all ages are welcome, adult chaperones are being requested for young volunteers. Sat. Event details.

How you do take care of the planet? Tell us in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers