On the weekend of April 20-21, more than one billion people around the globe will participate in Earth Day 2013. Charitable events will be taking place on and around this day throughout the world, and you can be a part of it via the dozens of volunteer opportunities available throughout Northern California that only require a few hours of your time, yet do a world of good. Check out the Earth Day getaways below, then rally your friends and family and help make a difference.
Save A Beach In San Francisco
The Surfrider Foundation is a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to the protection of the world’s oceans and preservation of beaches. Twice a month, the San Francisco Surfrider chapter organizes coastal cleanup programs at various beaches in San Francisco. These events are fun, easy, and a great way to make a sustainable impact on our local environment.
All supplies are provided for the cleanup (although you’re encouraged to bring your own gloves, grabbers, or buckets) and everyone is welcome to drop by and donate their time to help keep the coastline trash-free.
The Earth Day beach cleanup is on Sunday, April 21, from 10am to 2pm at Ocean Beach (Stairwell 17) in San Francisco, followed by an Earth Day Barbecue. For more information log onto www.sfsurfrider.com.
Also taking place on that weekend on Saturday at San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza is a free daylong festival called Earth Day SF 2013, featuring live bands and performances, sustainability discussions by internationally recognized speakers, a holistic Wellness Village, a solar powered Beer and Wine Gardens, over 80 earth-friendly vendors, an Eco Youth Zone, two kiddie playground, and a lot more (it’s a huge event).
Earth Day Festival, Marin
On Saturday, April 20, Earth Day Marin celebrates the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day with a free eco-friendly festival held at the Marin Civic Center Lagoon Park from 11am to 5pm. This family-friendly event brings together many North Bay nonprofit organizations in an upbeat atmosphere to celebrate and recognize environmental issues and sustainable practices.
Festival highlights include great food, live music, children’s activities, informative speakers, and educational films. The festival also offers countless volunteer opportunities—from info booth greeter to safety and security crew. To learn more about this event and pre-register for your favorite North Bay nonprofit, visit www.earthdaymarin.org.
Earth Day Napa
On Saturday, April 20, from 11am to 5pm, Napa hosts its annual Earth Day Napa event in downtown Napa. This large-scale special event includes live music and entertainment such as taiko drummers, hoopers, and belly dancers, as well as local beers and wines and free games for children. Arts Council Napa Valley, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the North Bay, City of Napa Parks & Recreation, and Girl Scouts of Northern California are just a few of the numerous community organizations that are supporting this environmental extravaganza.
Save Our Yosemite
There are all types of volunteer opportunities taking place at Yosemite National Park on Earth Day weekend. The 3-day event begins on Friday with an educational Earth Day Bike Ride, an educational excursion through Yosemite Valley, giving volunteers an opportunity to take in the environmental surroundings of Yosemite National Park. And later that evening is Earth Day Family Night: Join park interpreters and educators for an evening of song, entertainment, and fun.
Other events Earth Day Weekend include Jr. Ranger walks, photography workshops, stewardship projects, and the EarthDance Film Festival. And if you’re looking for a place to stay in Yosemite, the wonderful Evergreen Lodge is highly recommended.
Tahoe-Truckee Earth Day Festival
One of the largest environmental education events in Lake Tahoe is Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival taking place on Saturday, April 20, at The Village at Squaw Valley. The annual event is the largest environmental education event in the area and provides local residents and visitors an opportunity to explore and learn about the various environmental issues that affect the North Lake Tahoe–Truckee Region. This event is free to the public and includes a film festival, guest speakers, slow food event, live entertainment, educational booths, and activities for all ages. And if you’re looking for lodging, the Tahoma Meadows B&B Cottages offering a fantastic rate via LocalGetaways.
The Earth Day events listed above are just a fraction of the activities taking place throughout Northern California. To find an Earth Day event near you—such as Sacramento Earth Day, Lets G.O. (Get Outside) Sausalito, Emeryville Earth Day, and Earth Day Fair Santa Rosa—log onto www.earthday.org or just google Earth Day and your home town.