Top 5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day: April 11-17, and beyond!

There are lots of ways to pay homage to our planet (you recycled that Coke bottle earlier, right?). And though Earth Day is celebrated on different days in different cities—most on or around April 22—we should be kind to Earth all year round. We’ve only got one, after all.

1. April 16: Earth Day Hike for Your Health
Bask in Mother Nature’s beauty on a self-guided exploration to identify native species, or join in on the guided wildflower walk. Registration includes a reusable tote. Registration: $20 individual, $50 family. Sat 9 am–noon. Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Rd., Milford, (513) 831-1711.

2. April 16: Cincinnati Earth Day Celebration
Now in its 41st year, Cincinnati’s celebration of the Earth includes hands-on environmental exhibitor displays, a rock-climbing wall, petting zoo, recycled costume contest, live music, and more. Admission: free. Sat noon–5:30 pm. Sawyer Point, Pete Rose Way, downtown, (513) 569-7737.

3. April 23: thinkGREEN Earth Day Event
Flex your green thumb and educate yourself on living green during a day of music, food, activities, door prizes, lectures, and vendors. Admission: free. Sat noon–6 pm. Marvin’s Organic Gardens, 2055 U.S. 42 South, Lebanon, (513) 932-3319.

4. April 23: Earth Day 5K Run/Walk
Take a scenic stroll (or jog) along some of Ohio’s most beautiful nature trails. All finishers receive a native sampling for planting. Registration: $25. Sat 9 am–2 pm. Benefits Glen Helen Nature Preserve. Glen Helen Outdoor Center, 1075 Ohio 343, Yellow Springs, (937) 769-1902.

5. Thru April 28: EcoSculpt
Peruse this outdoor installation of original sculptures made of recycled and/or recyclable materials. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance. Fountain Square, Fifth and Vine Sts., downtown,


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