Fun, free things to do on Earth Day

Earth Day takes place on April 22 every year, when wildflowers are blooming, birds are singing and we’re surrounded by growing green things. It’s a wonderful time of year, and a great excuse to get kids outside to celebrate nature in all its glory!

I thought I’d take some time to point out a few activities you can do with your kids around our area.

Earth-Friendly Challenges that are Kid-Friendly

We all want to treat nature right, but making a bunch of lifestyle changes at once can seem overwhelming, especially with kids who thrive on routine. Here are a couple ways that you can make a change to reduce your impact on the earth.

Sign up for the NCW EcoChallenge. This challenge takes place in May and gives you tools to be able to make small changes to your lifestyle. The interactive website helps you and your family stay organized. Join as a team and earn points and prizes! Visit ncw.ecochallenge.org for more information.

Try biking around town during Bike Month. While the most popular part of Bike Month is Bike to Work Day, you can help your kids — especially older kids — learn how to get around town on a bike. Bikewenatcheevalley.org is a good resource that provides tips and maps with bike routes to avoid traffic.

Earth Day (or Earth Week!) Activities

♦ Earth Day Scavenger Hunt, April 22 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at Jacobson Preserve. The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust will be stationed at the beginning of the Jacobson Preserve Trail (the north side of Saddle Rock) to help you get started, and Land Trust staff, local volunteers and nature lovers will be stationed along the trail to help you navigate, complete the scavenger hunt, and learn more about the plants and animals of our beautiful Foothills. Return to the starting booth with a completed scavenger hunt and win a nature journal to take home! More at cdlandtrust.org/outings-events.

♦ Earth Day Science Fair at the Wenatchee Valley Museum & Cultural Center, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet local scientists, participate in hands-on projects and build with LEGOs. Free event at the museum includes LEGO robotics and apple sorter demonstrations, earth science activities, a water filtration station and much more! More info at wenatcheevalleymuseum.org.

♦ Leavenworth Earth Day Community Fair, April 22 from noon to 4 p.m. Come greet your neighbors and community at the Earth Day Fair at Lions Club Park, for fun activities, musical entertainment, educational exhibits, delicious local food and a silent auction to benefit the community.

♦ Chelan Earth Day Fair. April 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Riverwalk Park. Free children’s activities, arts and crafts, entertainment, food and lots more!

Whether you make it to any of these events or just get out on the trails with your family, be sure to take a moment to appreciate the natural beauty around us here in North Central Washington.

(Wenatchee World photo/Mike Bonnicksen. Hillary Clark shows sagebrush galls to a group of kids during a Family Day Hike at Jacobson Preserve in 2015.)

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