Earth Day the Local Way

Go green or go home.

Yeah, sure, we’re talking about celebrating the earth, but that doesn’t mean you have to get all transcontinental about it. We found some great hometown options for getting your Earth Day on.

Earth Day Celebration at the Cincinnati Nature Center
Free admission on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, a native plant sale, and guided hikes? Yes, please. Students from the Brighton Center’s Youth Leadership Development Club will also be presenting interesting facts and activities in the Nature Playscape between 1–2:30 p.m. on Saturday, so if recycling just isn’t cool when you talk about it, give your kids a chance to learn from someone who was born after Captain Planet had gone off the air. April 22–24, Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, cincynature.org/events-and-programs/events-1/earth-day-celebration-55

→ Earth Day OTR
Celebrate Earth Day on your favorite urban green in Washington Park. 3CDC and Keep Cincinnati Beautiful are partnering to fill the Civic Lawn with live music, food and drink, and more eco-friendly activities than you can shake a sapling at. April 23, 12–7 p.m., 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org/event/earth-day-otr

→ Join the Movement at Great Parks of Hamilton County
All ages are invited to contribute to the Earth Day Network’s “billion acts of green” by planting trees and touring the native seed nursery at Miami Whitewater Forest/Shaker Trace Nursery in Harrison, Ohio. Lunch will be provided by the event’s partner, REI, and registration is required. And if your green thumbs are on the smaller side, visit Sharon Woods for a craft, a story, and learning about the ways even the tiniest feet can improve their carbon footprint. April 23, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. at Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt Hope Rd., Harrison, and 11 a.m.–12 p.m. at Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Rd., Sharonville, greatparks.org/calendar

→ Party for the Planet at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Coinciding with the zoo’s every-Thursday-in-April celebration of local music and spring flowers, Tunes & Blooms, this Earth Day celebration will also host many local businesses and organizations sharing their expertise and resources about living more sustainably within our communities. Topics will include solar energy, composting, recycling, energy efficiency, green building, sustainable food, green products, and more—you’ll also have the chance to admire and bid on rain barrels painted by local artists during the event’s 4th annual Rain Barrel Art Benefit Auction. Because if you’re going to save the planet, why not do it in style? Admission is free after 5 p.m. and parking is $10. April 21, 4–8:30 p.m., 3400 Vine St., cincinnatizoo.org/events/party-for-the-planet-an-earth-day-celebration

→ Cincinnati Earth Day Celebration at Sawyer Point
Organized by the Greater Cincinnati Earth Coalition, last year’s festivities boasted more than 7,000 attendees in addition to more than 80 vendors. Live music, a drum circle, a recycled costume contest, and a lecture series exploring the environmental impact of our city—streetcar, anyone?—are among just a few of the happenings bound to make this year’s event a memorable one. April 16, 12–5 p.m., 705 East Pete Rose Way, downtown, cincinnatiearthday.com

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