It is the day for us to evaluate what we're doing, or not doing, to protect our planet and its resources. And even though Earth Day isn't until April 22nd, there are a number of activities and events planned to celebrate the occasion, and some of them begin this week. So even if it's only for a day, take the opportunity to participate and do something positive. From recycling and picking up litter in the community to riding a bike to work or making changes in your home, there are so many simple things we can do.
Here are the upcoming events and specials in honor of Earth Day:
- April 12: Go on a free Nature Hike in the wilds of downtown this Thursday. The 45-minute walk will begin at noon on the east steps of City Hall. Register by calling (405) 297-2578.
- April 13: There's a free Downtown Bike Riding Class on Friday. It starts at noon on the northwest corner of Sheridan and Hudson. Register by calling (405) 297-2578.
- April 20: The Will Rogers Park Garden Exhibition Center has a free guided walking tour with tips on floral planting. Call (405) 943-0827 to register.
- April 20: Metro Transit is offering free bus and trolley rides throughout the day from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Also, visit the Downtown Transit Center to receive a free reusable shopping tote.
- April 21: Family-oriented games, crafts, seminars and activities are part of Earth Fest at Martin Park Nature Center. Call 755-0676 for more information.
- April 22: The OKC Zoo hosts a Party for the Planet from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy live music, giveaways, family activities and more, all included with zoo admission.
- April 22: Starbucks is giving away free coffee and tea on Earth Day when you bring in a travel mug or tumbler.
- April 22: The Disney Store at Quail Springs Mall will give out free reusable shopping bags when you bring in five plastic bags to recycle.
- April 21-22: Go to Pottery Barn Kids at Penn Square Mall for a free packet of seeds, courtesy of PBK and National Geographic.
- April 28: From 7 to 11 a.m., bring financial and personal documents for free shredding and recycling at 5519 NW 4th.
- April 28: Bring a water bill to confirm OKC residency when you drop off hazardous waste at State Fair Park from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- All Month: Consider volunteering for the Great American Cleanup efforts going on throughout the state or with OKC Beautiful's 12th Annual LitterBlitz.
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