By: Crystal Hessong

Earth Day is just around the corner. Many make resolutions to recycle more and to do other things to reduce their impact on the environment. In Houston, you’ll be able to do many things to celebrate Earth Day while raising your own awareness of the planet and its environment. No matter where in the greater Houston area you live, you’ll find an Earth Day celebration near you.

Urban Harvest Workday
2311 Canal St, Suite 200
Houston, Texas 77003
(713) 880-5540

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

If you want to get your hands dirty this Earth Day, neighborhood garden sponsor Urban Harvest is having a workday across city-wide at many of the area gardens. To volunteer, sign up online and choose which gardens you’d prefer to work at. You’ll get a message back letting you know which garden most needs your help, and you’ll show up at 8 a.m. Garden projects range from adding mulch to building flower beds and planting trees. Even if you’ve never been in a garden before, you will learn everything you need to know on the day of the event. For more information about volunteering for one of Urban Harvest’s community gardens on the Earth Day workday or at any time of the year, check out its volunteer information page.

Saturday Spotlight Nature Day
George Ranch Historical Park
10215 FM 762
Richmond, TX 77469
(281) 343-0218

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On Earth Day, George Ranch Historical Park is highlighting nature for its weekly Saturday Spotlight. This event will have several activities for the entire family that will help visitors get more in touch with the nature of the park and surrounding area. What better way to celebrate Earth Day than cultivating an understanding and appreciation of the life around you and your family? Nature Day at the George Ranch starts when the part opens at 9 a.m., and it’s free with park admission. For more information about admission fees and other Saturday Spotlights, check out George Ranch Historical Park’s website.

Houston Zoo’s Family Nature Club
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
4501 Woodway Drive
Houston, Texas 77024
(713) 533-6500

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Houston Zoo not only connects family with animals but also with nature. The Zoo’s Family Nature Clubs held monthly through spring are events at area nature preserves with fun-filled activities for the entire family. It only costs $10 per family, but you must register online before the event. The Family Nature Club for the month of April coincides with Earth Day, and there will be special environmentally friendly activities for kids such as guided nature walks, seed ball making, and play area. The entire family is welcome, and the even lasts from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, 2017.

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Earth Day Picnic In The Park At Evelyn’s Park
Evelyn’s Park
4400 Bellaire Boulevard
Bellaire, Texas 77401
(281) 946-9372

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Earth Day coincides with the official opening of Evelyn’s Park in Bellaire, so the park is hosting a family friendly picnic in the park. This event will have a farmers market, treasure hunts, fitness classes and other activities for the entire family. It’s free to attend, and you can bring your picnic supplies or enjoy food from one of café events. You’ll be able to get a first-hand experience of all the things you’ll be able to do the rest of the year.

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Family Fun 5K Walk For The Wild Things
Armand Bayou Nature Center
8500 Bay Area Blvd
Pasadena, Texas 77507
(713) 274-2667

Date: Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

There are several local nature preserves, and they need your help all year long. Armand Bayou is hosting a fundraising 5K walk called the “Walk for the Wild Things” on April 23, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The funds raised will go toward furthering educational programs and conservation efforts. Preregistration online only costs $20 per participant ages 5 and up, but if you have a group of six or more, you’ll only pay $15 per person. On-site registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. on the morning of the 5K is an extra $5 per person, and you must pay in cash. Everyone who registers gets admission to Armand Bayou for the rest of the day of the walk.