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Earth Day is April 22nd and we can’t think of a better reason to get outdoors with your family to one of these special events or festivals. Give kids a chance to appreciate the beauty of our planet, learn more about sustainability and just enjoy the fresh air.

Monday April 18 

The Green Film Series
Rider University, Sweigart Hall, Room 115 (Rue Auditorium), 3 Lawrenceville Rd., Lawrenceville
7 pm 
Free
To register for any Green Film Screening, go to rider.edu/greenfilms to receive information for in person and virtual screenings.

Tuesday April 19

Home School Happenings (Earth Day)
Reeves-Reed Arboretum, 165 Hobart Ave., Summit
10 – 11:30 am
$10/non-members, Free/members

Calling all homeschoolers! Join for the spring semester of environmental science classes. Learn through experience while taking in the beauty of nature while exploring the grounds of the Arboretum. For ages 6-10.

The Green Film Series
Rider University, Sweigart Hall, Room 115 (Rue Auditorium), 3 Lawrenceville Rd., Lawrenceville
7 pm 
Free
To register for any Green Film Screening, go to rider.edu/greenfilms to receive information for in person and virtual screenings.

Thursday April 21 

2021 Earth Day Climate Action Flag Raising Ceremony
City Hall Balcony, 280 Grove St., Jersey City
12-12:30pm
Free
Join your fellow citizens outside at City Hall Plaza for this ceremony to signify Jersey City’s willingness to take action to protect our planet. Be sure to wear a mask and observe social distancing.

Friday April 22

Earth Day Green Market
Historic Smithville, The Village Green, 615 E. Moss Hill Rd., Smithville
4-7pm
Free
The market will host an array of native plants, baked goods, artisan crafts and so much more!

Earth Day Work Day
Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, 4 Sawmill Road, Medford
9 am 1 pm 
Free
On this day you can get free admission to the Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge to paint, work on trail maintenance and help with other projects to beautify the grounds. Volunteers must be ages 13 and up.

Earth Day Dune Planting at Bayshore Waterfront Park
719 Port Monmouth Road, Port Monmouth
4 pm
Free
Get hands on this Earth Day by participating in the dune restoration project. By planting native plants, you’ll be providing a valuable habitat for local wildlife. Plants are in limited supply, and will be available on a first come, first serve basis. 

Sunset, Shells, and Sand Dollars Earth Day Beach Walk
Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park, 221 North Ocean Avenue, Long Branch
7 pm
Free
Join members of Save Coastal Wildlife Nonprofit to explore the ocean beach during sunset and low tide. Participants will scan the beach sand to look for sand dollars, cool looking shells and skate and whelk egg cases, as well and any other life that might be swimming in the water, including whales and dolphins.

Saturday April 23

Community Day: Celebrating Earth Day
The Newark Museum of Art, 49 Washington St., Newark
12 – 5 pm
Free
Celebrate our amazing planet in a day of fun for the whole family. Enjoy musical performances by Bash the Trash, get up close with live animals and jump into our many other offerings. There’ll be artmaking activities, interactive tours, storytelling and special planetarium shows. Don’t forget to explore Dynamic Earth and Endangered!, which is on its last weekend.

Earth Day Spring Planting
Mountain Lakes House, 57 Mountain Ave., Princeton
1-4pm
Free
Join Friends of Princeton Open Space for a special Earth Day spring planting session at the Billy Johnson Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve! Volunteers will plant 5,000+ herbaceous plugs in the Forest Restoration site. BYO mask, water bottle and work gloves.

Earth Day Celebration in Cape May
Cape May County Park and Zoo, 700 U.S. 9, Cape May Court House
10 am – 3 pm
Free
Over 50 environmentally friendly exhibitors will fill the tents on the main field with assorted conservation and eco worthy goods and displays. The day kicks off with entertainment for the kids and an opening ceremony. This year special guests and costumed characters will amuse while teaching everyone how they can help “Save Planet Earth!”

DEP 50th Anniversary and Earth Day Celebration
1 Audrey Zap Drive, Jersey City
10 am – 3 pm 
Free

Join the Department of Environmental Protection for this family event featuring food trucks, lawn games, education programs, face painting and more.

Earth Day at the Lake
Spring Garden Lake, 70 E. Madison Ave., Florham Park
8 am – 12 pm
Free

Work on a variety of conservation projects around the lake including a pollinator garden, rain garden, native species area, laying wood chips and cleaning up litter.

Point Pleasant Environmental Commission Earth Day Celebration
Riverfront Park, 2303 River Rd, Point Pleasant
12 – 4 pm 
Free
The Point Pleasant Environmental Commission will be hosting its (almost) Annual Earth Day Celebration at Riverfront Park. The celebration is intended to bring the community together to inspire an understanding and appreciation for our environment. The theme for this year’s celebration will be “Trees Make Point Pleasant,” focusing on the importance of trees in the local environment.

Family Fun Day: Arbor(etum) Day!
Liberty Hall Museum, 1003 Morris Avenue, Union
1 – 2:30 pm
$4- $10 
Liberty Hall enjoys the benefit of lots of trees — even before William Livingston moved to the property, he was ordering trees to be planted for enjoyment and study. Join for activities, games and crafts at the arboretum and continue what the Livingston family began!

Sunday April 24

Earth Day at the New Weis Center
The New Weis Center for Education, Arts & Recreation, 150 Snake Den Rd., Ringwood
10am-2 pm
Free
Celebrate our home with the Signs of Spring Nature Walk, Upcycled craft activity, Weis history walk and learn about macroinvertebrates and the watershed! Registration required, except for decorating a reusable bag and spring clean up.

Forest Defenders
Tenafly Nature Center, 313 Hudson Ave., Tenafly
10am-12pm
$2/person or $10/family
Head outside for the Tenafly Nature Center’s Forest Defenders event, where your burgeoning environmentalists can learn about invasive species and how they toxify soil and harm native plants by identifying non-native plants and working with the land manager to find the best removal techniques. 

30th Annual ACUA Earth Day Festival
ACUA Environmental Park, 6700 Delilah Rd., Egg Harbor Twp.
10 am – 4 pm
Free

This celebration has many exciting events and entertainment options throughout the day, and more than 150 vendors, crafters, food vendors and exhibitors will be part of it. There will be a variety of free, fun and educational activities for all ages to enjoy!

Saturday April 30

Bayonne’s Earth Day Cleanup 2021
City of Bayonne
10am-12pm
Free
Don’t worry about bringing supplies, just bring your brawn! Help clean up your community and teach the kids about taking care of Mother Earth. Sign up to clean a specific area of the community. Interested organizations and individuals are invited to register a team. Sign up for team of 4-10 people, or they can place individuals on a team near where you live or work. To register, please contact Dec Dee Bottino in the UEZ Office at 201-858-6357 or by e- mail: BayonneUEZ@baynj.org

The Wild and Scenic Earth Day Film Festival and Outdoor Earth Day Celebration
70 Jackson Plaza, Hoboken
3 – 10 pm
This all-day, in-person, outdoor community event will include a free “Inspiring Adventure” film screening and lots of dynamic activities for all ages. There will be live music, nature-themed art projects and face painting.

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