Make Earth Day a Fun Family Experience

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Happy April!  Earth Day is April 22nd, but I want to take some time each week this month to give you some Earth-friendly ideas to easily bring into your life and home all month long (hopefully, all year long!).
Today, I want to share some fun activities you can use to help make taking care of the Earth a family experience.

Take a hike
Spring is a great time to go out and explore nature.  Use Charity Miles while you’re out.  This app tracks your miles and donates to a charity for each mile logged.  It’s totally free for you, and you can choose the charity you would like them to donate to, including the National Parks Foundation, the World Wildlife Fund, and the Nature Conservancy.

Read!
There are so many family-friendly books and movies out there that focus on Earth-friendly topics.  Read Science has a great list of books, and Edventures for Kids has a movie list.  After reading or watching together, you can have some great discussions.

Get science-y
A quick Google or Pinterest search can lead you to a bunch of fun nature experiments to do with your kids.  This experiment from Rain or Shine Mama is a great lesson about nature and where our trash goes.

Clean up!
Adopt a local trail or highway and organize a clean-up.  On a smaller scale, you can head out to a nearby park or trail and clean up any trash you see.  Every little bit helps!

Become a citizen scientist
I spent a summer at my favorite park as a citizen scientist counting butterflies to help monitor the health of the local butterfly population.  This project was a partnership between Kane County Forest Preserves and Illinois Butterfly Monitoring Network.  There are lots of other great citizen volunteer opportunities that you can get involved in on your own or with your family, just get in contact with your local forest preserves.

Plant a tree
Don’t have the space to plant a tree?  Check out One Tree Planted, and have a tree planted for a $1 donation.  You can choose the continent where the tree is planted and learn about the impact the tree will have there.

Want even more?  The Empowered Educator has a bunch of great activities to help teach your kids about recycling.

Have ideas of your own!  We would love to hear them!  Share in the comments below!

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