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Earth Day Events for NJ Kids and Families 

Earth Day is coming and there are plenty of Green Celebrations throughout NJ.  Here is a list of special events to celebrate nature with numerous opportunities to participate in making our Earth a better place to live.  Spend Earth Day at one of these venues and share a common goal of having fun and making a positive change for the future of the environment!

Essex County Earth Day Celebration

Canoe Rides / Eco-vendors / Food / Essex County 4-H Fair / Essex County Beekeepers / Essex County Turtle Back Zoo Live Animal Show / Happy B-Earth Day Celebration / Live Music / Nature Crafts and Outdoor Activities / New Jersey Woodturners / New Jersey Audubon Bird Walks / Rutgers Master Gardeners of Essex County.

Earth Day Festival at the Plainsvboro

April 20.  In celebration of Earth Day we are offering Family Nature Programs at 8:00am, 11:00am, & 3:30pm. Come and join Sanctuary Director Sean Grace at 8am for a stroll around the preserve looking and listening for a variety of birds. We will start with some close observations at our feeders and then look for some early spring migrants. At 11am, Bring your hiking shoes, dress in layers and come prepared for a moderate hike to some of the lesser explored areas on the Preserve. Expect to cover several miles at a moderate pace with our naturalist.  80 Scotts Corner Road, Cranbury, NJ.

New Jersey Botanical Gardens

2 Morris Road, Ringwood, NJ.

April 20.  Earth Day - Get Ready for Spring! Meet some of the invasive plants that live in our area, learn how to get your garden ready for spring, then join us for a hands-on workshop in the Botanical Garden. Meet at the Carriage House. Bring gloves if you have them. Rain cancels. FREE. 1pm. 

April 21.  Earth Day Walk.  Join in this fun walk designed to raise awareness of our bio-diversity, and to enjoy the beginnings of spring in the Botanical Garden. Meet at the Carriage House. Wear sturdy shoes. Rain cancels. $5 donation requested. 1pm.

Earth Day Celebration at the Cape May County Zoo

April 20.  Begin the Earth Day celebration with the 5K Race/1 Mile Earth Day Walk, then visit the environmental and educational exhibits, interactive drum circle, lectures, crafts and much more.  707 Route 9 North, Cape May Court House, NJ.

Earth Day Cleanup at Mercer County Park

April 20, 11am-12pm.  Bring your children - we'll learn about water quality as Jade Greene, Delaware River Watershed Ambassador, does a stream assessment and identifies the macroinvertebrates. We'll pick up litter and trash along the lake, macadam and woods trails. Trash bags will be provided. Rain or shine!! H2O Sierra Club t-shirts for all participants. Meet at the upper Boat Marina parking lot.  Hughes Drive or Edinburg Road, Mercerville, NJ

13th Annual Earth Day

April 20, 10:30am-4pm.  A round robin of carnival like games and fun challenges all made from repurposed items, let's go green! Sharpen your aim at the tin can alley, see how many ringers you get at the wisteria ring toss, try your arm at the frisbee golf challenge, and much more.  Enjoy the live animal shows presented by "Eyes of the Wild" and "Rizzo's Reptiles." Meet youth members of local 4-H animal clubs and their rabbits, ducks, sheep, goats and more on the great lawn. Float around the Deer Path pond in one of the Park's canoes after a short safety talk presented by members of the Hunterdon Canoe Club.  West Woodschurch Road, Readington Township, NJ.

Water is Wonderful Earth Day Extravaganza at Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center

April 20.  Celebrate our Water is Wonderful Earth Day Extravaganza. Fun for the whole family with Eco Boat Tours, Kids Games, Crafts, and special Earth Day Exhibitors!  31 Georgia Tavern Road, Howell, NJ.

ACUA 23rd Annual Earth Day Festival

April 21, 10am-4pm.  The theme of the festival continues to be a Sustainable Future. In a sustainable world, society's demand on nature is in balance with nature's capacity to meet that demand.  Activities include: a 5k race to benefit the American Heart Association, Singer/songwriter Sam Lardner's Oceans are Talking performance, live animal exhibits with the Cape May County Park and Zoo, the Turtlesinger, free workshops on environmental topics, eco-hayrides, along with many exhibitors and crafts, free seedlings and seed packets, and a full day of entertainment on the main stage. Another highlight of the festival: tours of New Jersey's first commercial wind farm. At the festival, participants can ride on a shuttle bus to the wind farm in Atlantic City where they'll also tour ACUA's Wastewater Treatment Facility, solar project and green roof.  6700 Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Township, NJ.

Earth Day Celebration and Frog Fest

April 21, 10am-3pm.  Celebrating Planet Earth and amphibians as environmental indicators. All are invited to participate in activities with a frog theme, ranging from walks, frog activities and crafts for kids during the day under a pavilion, and scheduled children's programs at 11am and 2pm.  Long Bridge Park, 895 Deacon Rd, Hainesport, NJ.

7th Annual Earth Day Fair

April 20, 12-4pm.  This community-wide, festive event offers many "green" activities - including products, services, education and entertainment - to interest and delight people of all ages!  Our past Fairs have attracted hundreds of families and many exhibitors each year. This is a wonderful opportunity to create good will while providing valuable exposure for your company or group cause.  To help defray costs, we cheerfully request a minimum donation of $35 from business exhibitors for generous table space (and chairs), which we provide. Non-profits and other groups are welcome at no cost. Donations of merchandise, food or services are also appreciated.  Pearl R. Miller School, 117 Kiel Ave, Kinnelon, NJ.

Earth and Arbor Day Family Festival

April 27-28, 1-4pm.  Celebrate Earth Day amid the beauty of 4.5-acres of children's themed gardens and the Philadelphia Eagles Four Seasons Butterfly House. This festival includes planting activities, a ladybug release, crafts and educational activities to learn about and to help celebrate Mother Earth.  3 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ.

2013 Edison Earth Day Celebration

Event activities shall include: EGG guided tours of the Edison Greenway; Event Volunteer plantings, site cleaning and organic debris consolidation; ETEC environmental/ecological testing; Central Jersey Bicycle Association (CJBA) Bike Ride round-trip from Tano Mall to Dudash Park; as well as a number of other doings.  Dudash Park, located at May Street & Liberty Street, Edison, NJ

Earth Day Celebration at Wharton State Forest

April 21, 12-4pm.  Meet Conservation Groups, Environmental Talks, Hikes and Nature Crafts, 31 Batsto Road, Hammonton, NJ.

Wild Earth Fest @ Trailside Nature Center

April 28.  An entertaining event to celebrate the Earth and wildlife. Increase awareness of conservation and becoming eco-friendly. Live animal demonstrations, educational displays, fun family activities for all ages, Music, Face Painting, Recycling Olympics, Eco-Art, Giveaways, Food Vendors.  452 New Providence Road, Mountainside, NJ.

Javits Center North

655 W 34th St, New York, NY.

April 19-21.  New York Green Festival.  New York Green Festival returns to celebrate community with the largest, most diverse and most trusted place for learning, shopping, networking and having fun. The Festival will feature favorites, like the organic, vegetarian and vegan food court; the Sierra Club Green Cinema; eco-fashion exhibits; hands-on DIY workshops; live music; an organic beer and wine garden; inspiring keynote presentations and, a nationally renowned Green Marketplace featuring products and services from local, regional and national green and sustainable businesses and organizations.  655 W 34th St, NYC.

April 22.  Celebrate Earth Day.  Thousands participated Saturday, and the celebration of sustainability continues today at NYC Green Festival! Head on down to Javits North and celebrate Earth Day with fantastic speakers, exhibitors, kids eco-crafts, earth friendly fashion, local vegetarian organic food and more!

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