Get Out and Go Green: 3 Local Earth Day Family Events

Image via Flickr/rain0975
Image via Flickr/rain0975

Spring is in the air!

Well,  it was yesterday, and if we think warm thoughts, hopefully this chill in the air will be short lived?

Earth Day is around the corner, (April 22nd), so while we wait out this latest cold snap, consider planning an outing with your family to these local events and activities that support Earth-friendly living. Check our weather forecast to get an idea of what to expect so you know if layers will be necessary for the event you plan to attend.

Image via Flickr CC/Tony Alter
Image via Flickr CC/Tony Alter

The Virginia Living Museum is hosting a Spring planting event this weekend where their horticulture staff is going to be selling a wide variety of local area plants, shrubs and flowers to enliven your garden space at home. This is a fundraiser for the museum, but more importantly, it’s a lovely opportunity to introduce your family to gardening. If you’re a seasoned gardening family, then head to the museum for your top picks and support their fundraising efforts. If you’re a member, you get a special sneak preview and opportunity to purchase before the general public, this Thursday, April 17th from 4-6pm.

If you don’t carry a membership, no worries! You can head to the museum on Saturday, the 19th of April to check out their Spring plant selection. Finally,  on the 26th of April, the Virginia Living Museum will host their Earth Day celebration where they will offer up special treats for their beloved animals (apparently the red wolves enjoy ice cream), crafts and fun for the whole family!

Virginia Living Museum
524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23601

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Image via Flickr/Oklahoma Kayaks

Earth Day Paddle In, Trash Out with Adventure Kayak Tours at sunset sounds like a fantastic way to give back to the local community while also enjoy a picturesque evening with friends or family. The 6pm launch will take place at West Neck Marina on April 22nd. This a BYOB event. Bring Your Own Boat…that is.

Mount Trashmore is hosting a fantastic Earth Day celebration on May 3rd from 11am-4pm. They will have a many choices for tapping into your ‘green’ side. All of the events will offer you and your family education and a fresh perspective on opportunities for being a more environmentally conscious family.

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Mount Trashmore, Virginia Beach – Image via Flickr/rain0975

They have some events scheduled for particular times, so you’ll want to check out that information before you make your plans for the day. We recommend a picnic lunch if you’re not interested in one of their food vendors. Some of the events they have planned include:

  • Dumpster dive demonstrations  (you read that right), 12-3
  • Dumpster Art
  • Trashion Show with students from Cox High School showing off their savvy skills using only recycled materials.
  • AAA Recycling Zone which will go over all the different recycling options available to you.
  • Green Market
  • Live Music

Overall this list make for fantastic, outdoor days with the family!

Will you head out to one or more of these Earth-centric events with your family in tow?  Have you been to either of them in previous years? 

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