This Sunday, April 22, is Earth Day, Yipee! In honor of this day many cities are holding Earth friendly events and local businesses are giving away items to encourage people to “Go Green”. In Philly, there are a number of events and giveaways going on. For this post, I’ve decided to list the free events throughout the city, but please check out http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/guide/2012-earth-day-events/ for a list of events that come with a price tag. I am excited to go out this Earth Day with my crew (my husband and 3 year old son) to learn how we can help the planet.
Earth Day Events
Philadelphia Phillies go Green
Saturday, April 21, from 9 AM – 1 PM, the Phillies invite fans to bring used electronics to Lot S at Citizens Bank Park for recycling. This recycling is free of charge and the first 200 visitors will get an autographed photo card from Hunter Pence, Phillies right fielder. Those who recycle used electronics will also receive a 10% discount to the Majestic Clubhouse Store for purchase Saturday only. Click here for more information and ideas on how to go green.
Saturday, April 21 from 12PM – 4 PM will mark the 23rd annual environmental fair, presented by the Narberth Civic Association, featuring an afternoon of free Earth promoting exhibits for children and adults. Everyone can learn tips on how to grow their own organic garden. Rain date is Sunday, April 22.
The 13th and Chestnut location of Blick Art Materials will host a Kids Earth Day event on Saturday, April 21 from 12 PM – 5 PM. Visitors will have the opportunity to make bookmarks from recycled material, create masks, and have their faces painted. All guests will also have the chance to decorate a free eco-tote bag and help build a wall mural. This event is in partnership with the Fairmount and Queens Village Art Center.
Darby Creek Clean-up Day
On Saturday, from 8 AM – 12 PM, the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge will host a cleanup effort of Darby Creek. All are welcome to volunteer to not only improve the environment for humans but also all wildlife. To register, please call 215-365-3118. Be sure to wear outdoor clothing. Free lunch will follow the clean-up efforts.
The Nature Conservancy would like you to help them set a world record by participating in the world’s largest Earth Day picnic by attending one in your city or hosting a picnic yourself. The idea is to remind people of the planet’s role in providing food for 7 billion people and what we can do to keep it healthy. This event will be a Guinness Book of World Records attempt for the most people picnicking over 24 hours. Philadelphia’s Picnic in the Park will be at Clark Park in West Philadelphia on Sunday from 12 PM – 4 PM. The first 100 participants to show up for the picnic will receive free food from Elevation Burger.
On Tuesday, April 24, head down to the Navy Yard in South Philadelphia with your bike and helmet for a guided bike tour of the Yard’s campus. The tour begins at 3:30 PM starting a Crescent Park.
Flea Market at Clark Park
The 4th Annual Earth Day Festival in Clark Park occurs on Saturday, April 21 from 9 AM – 5 PM. This event is a benefit for the Uhuru Movement and will feature speakers, music, food, vendors, and workshops on gardening and building a sustainable community.
“Green” Your Home Cleaning Swap and Planting for Kids
Sunday, April 22 at Whole Foods Market will celebrate Earth Day with planting and a cleaning supplies swap. Kids will create their own planting with recycled store supplies. Adults can bring their traditional home cleaners and swap it for an all-natural cleaning product.
If you want to continue celebrating the Earth join Temple University – Ambler Campus on Friday, April 27 for EarthFest 2012. This outdoor educational event will begin at 9:30 am and end at 3 PM.
Now for the giveaways….
TreePhilly is a tree-planting initiative that helps property owners, businesses and neighborhood residents improve their communities by planting trees. Through TreePhilly’s new free Yard Tree Program, Philadelphia residents can receive a free tree for their property. You can request one tree per address; pickup days will occur during the week of April 22-28 throughout the city.
In order to receive a free tree, you must pledge the following:
• I am a resident and property owner in Philadelphia
• I will plant my tree in the ground (not in a container) within 15 days of receipt at the address listed above.
• I will plant my tree on my private land, and not in the sidewalk along the street.
• In order to ensure the survival of my tree:
– I agree to water my tree (20 gallons a week) from March through December for two years.
– I will protect my tree from damage by pets, lawn mowers and other hazards.
• I agree to allow TreePhilly to contact me for follow-up information about my tree.
• I realize that receiving a tree through the Yard Tree Program does not guarantee its survival, and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation is not required to supply a replacement tree should my tree die.
Target stores will be giving the first 250,000 guests a reusable Target bag filled with earth friendly products. Click here to find a store near you.
Whole Foods Market will have two Earth Day promotions this weekend. The first is scheduled for Saturday. If you show up at a Whole Foods location and tell them how you plan to go green and you will get a reusable coffee mug. On Sunday, if you show up at noon wearing the color green you will get a free reusable Whole Foods bag.
Sesame Place is the place to be on Sunday if you have season passes. Every season pass holder who goes to Sesame Place on Sunday will get a free bag and if they purchase a $20 character drink bottle, they will get to rink for free all season long. If you are not a season pass holder, at least make sure to be one of the first 30 people get a free reusable bag as well.
If you are in the Lahaska area this Sunday, be sure to visit Sublime in Peddler’s Village, make a $15 purchase and receive a reusable bag that conveniently folds up into a purple flower when not in use. Also in the Lahaska area is the Town Crier Bakery. This bakery is offering a BOGO sale on their Earth Day cupcakes.
Origins Skincare is offering their product trade in event this Earth Day. Anyone can take a used/empty skincare product to and Origins store or counter to trade (and recycle) for an Origins moisturizer while supplies last.
That’s all I’ve got. Whew! Plenty to do this weekend. Get out there and have a blast.
Let me know if I’ve missed any other free Earth Day events.