Get ready to give back! Earth Day is Monday, April 22, so dust off your bikes, start training for the Recycling Olympics (April 28, Trailside), and explore the great outdoors!
April 6 – April 20
Cherry Blossom Festival
Branch Brook Park, Newark
Celebrate spring under an awning of pink petals. Various events are scheduled, including Japanese cultural demonstrations, live music, crafters' market, children's 1-mile fun run/walk, and more.
165 Hobart Ave., Summit
11 am–4 pm
Enjoy one of the largest daffodil collections in NJ with over 40,000 bulbs in bloom. Kids can create original sonnets and haikus set to music and performed by Rose and the Nightingale. Guests can also receive lessons in archery and falconry! And little ones can participate in spring-themed games, nature crafts, and the Flower Fairy & Woodland Elf Parade.
Countdown to Earth Day
Macculloch Hall Historical Museum
45 Macculloch Ave., Morristown
Learn about the Earth's water supply through a story and craft. While visiting the garden, children will compare how we use water today to how people used water in the past.
Birding, hiking, and more —>
Earth Day Crafts
4 Vreeland Rd., Florham Park
10 am-5:30 pm
Every day is Earth Day! Let's celebrate Mother Earth with a recycled craft!
Essex County Environmental Center
621-B Eagle Rock Ave., Roseland
11 am–4 pm
Earth Day features an outdoor Earth festival, including the Essex County 4-H Fair. Celebrate nature with crafts, games, and recreational opportunities, such as birding and hiking. Enjoy demonstrations, information, and a local eco-vendors’ sale, with Environmental Center staff and partner groups on hand to guide you throughout the day.
Earth Day: A Party for the Planet
300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach
What does Jenkinson’s Aquarium do to reduce, reuse, and recycle? What simple steps can you take every day that make a difference? Learn what a vital role we all play in preserving our Earth’s ecosystems.
Earth Day Fair
Pearl R. Miller School
117 Kiel Ave., Kinnelon
This community-wide, festive event offers many Green activities—including products, services, education, and entertainment—to interest and delight people of all ages.
Family Fun Bike Ride and much more —>
Party for the Planet
Bergen County Zoo
216 Forest Ave., Paramus
Children get a Party for the Planet “passport” that they will get stamped at each exhibitor they visit throughout the zoo, and receive a small prize at the end.
Party for the Planet
Turtle Back Zoo
560 Northfield Ave.
West Orange, NJ
11 am–4 pm
This yearly event focuses on ways you can help the planet, especially the animals that live in the zoo. There will be animal presentations, crafts, and games, making this a very family-friendly atmosphere.
Ag Field Day
Cook College Campus at Rutgers U.
This annual event includes 4-H animal fairs, farm tours, plant sales, and info on sustainability, clean water and air, and other aspects of healthy living.
Earth Day Festival
Bortons Mill & Brace Rds.
8 am–2 pm
Join thousands of people from Cherry Hill and the surrounding communities. The Family Fun Bike Ride kicks off the festival at 8 am. There will be entertainment on two stages, guided nature walks on nearby trails, and interactive educational displays.
Ladybug release, live animal demos, and more cool creatures —>
Earth and Arbor Day Family Festival
Camden Children’s Garden
3 Riverside Dr., Camden
Celebrate Earth Day amid the beauty of 4.5 acres of children-themed gardens and the Philadelphia Eagles Four Seasons Butterfly House. This festival includes planting activities and a ladybug release, as well as crafts and educational activities to celebrate Mother Earth.
Wild Earth Fest
Trailside Nature & Science Center
452 New Providence Rd., Mountainside
11 am–5 pm
Learn how to become more eco-friendly and increase your awareness of wildlife conservation with live animal demos and educational displays, recycling olympics, and eco-art, plus music, giveaways, face painting, and more.
Project E.A.R.T.H. Swamp Search
Environmental Education Center trails
190 Stirling Rd., Basking Ridge
Join the naturalists for an exciting scavenger hunt to learn about the importance of the Great Swamp as an ecological and recreational resource. Try your “eco-skills” on the scavenger hunt and learn how you can promote positive environmental actions. Be back at the EEC by 3:15 for an eco-skills challenge game to win cool prizes. Then stay for a live butterfly program at 3:45 with Rick Mikula, the butterfly guy.
Communiversity Festival of the Arts
Palmer Square, Princeton
609-924-8777, ext. 150
Presented by the Arts Council of Princeton with the participation of the students of Princeton University, Communiversity Festival of the Arts attracts more than 40,000 visitors each spring. Guests can look forward to crafters, artists, merchants, live events, games, food, and much more!
Heaven Hill Farm, Vernon
11 am–4 pm
Earthfest is a multi-faceted event centered around the environment and keeping things green. This huge event includes live animals, hay rides, face painting, gem mining, vendors, live music, eco-friendly demonstrations, and more.
Edison Earth Day Celebration
9 am–3 pm
Dudash Park, May St., and Liberty St., Edison
Events for the day include guided tours of Edison Greenway, volunteer plantings, and a round-trip bike ride from Tano Mall to Dudash Park. Get ready to move!
Jacob Javits Center
655 W. 34th St., NYC
10 am–6 pm Sat, 11 am–5 pm Sun
Celebrate sustainable living with lots of Earth-friendly—and family-friendly—activities, like DIY workshops, a Green Kids Zone, music, cooking demos, and more.
Read more about Earth Day on NJ Family:
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Want to reduce your carbon footprint? We've got some fun and interesting ways for you to do your part.