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This year marks the 45th Annual Earth Day, celebrating humanity’s dedication to ensuring continued preservation and protection of our planet. This year’s theme is, “It’s our time to lead,” and there are a number of Earth Day celebrations around D.C. that will educate people on sustainability developments and ways to minimize their carbon footprint on earth. It’s our time to lead the efforts for ensuring that future generations have a healthy planet on which to live. Celebrate this Earth Day with one of the many activities D.C. has to offer.
Earth Day Tree Fest: Majestic, Green And Growing
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
1644 31st St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007
Date: April 25, 2015 at 11 a.m.
This Earth Day, Tudor Place will be opening up the Historic House and Garden to the public to plant trees for future generations to enjoy. This event is open to nature lovers of all ages. Take a guided tour of the lavish 5 1/2 acre estate and celebrate Earth Day with games, music and a garden sale. You’ll have an opportunity to make seed balls and plant tree seedlings on the historic Georgetown grounds. Children under 5 are FREE. Members’ price is $5 and non-members’ price is $7.
Anacostia Watershed Society’s 2015 Earth Day Cleanup & Celebration
Cleanup Locations: Varied around the Anacostia Watershed
Celebration Location: Bladensburg Waterfront Park
4601 Annapolis Road
Bladensburg, MD 20710
Date: April 25, 2015 at 9 a.m. (See website for cleanup locations and time details)
This Earth Day, you can take part in ongoing efforts to keep the Anacostia Watershed clean by participating in the Earth Day cleanup efforts. Volunteers will gather at the various D.C., MD and VA locations around the Anacostia River to help clear any trash or debris and help beautify our waterways. From noon to 5 p.m., join the Earth Day celebration held at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park. After working hard with the morning cleanup, celebrate with free food, exhibits and speakers sharing their knowledge of the importance of everyone’s participation in keeping our waterways clean.
Earth Day At The National Zoo
Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Conservation Carousel
3001 Connecticut Ave., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
Date: April 22, 2015 at 10 a.m.
The Sustainability Committee of the National Zoo will host the American Trail Green Features tour. Learn about the green initiatives the National Zoo has implemented to facilitate a delicate ecosystem safe for the habitation of its many species of animals. Take advantage of the National Zoo’s resources to learn about the measures being taking to ensure the safety of endangered species. Everyone is invited to come out and learn about their contribution to the health and wellness of the many animals who call the national zoo home.
Alexandria Earth Day At Ben Brenman Park
Ben Brenman Park
4800 Brenman Park Dr.
Alexandria, VA 22304
Date: April 25, 2015 at 10 a.m.
Alexandria, VA will be celebrating the 45th Annual Earth Day at Ben Brenman Park with a day of hands on activities for kids and adults. The festivities will include educational exhibits and will also feature the Upcycling Showcase where students celebrate Earth Day through creative interpretations such as dance, fashion shows and visual arts. Alexandria also encourages the public transportation, walking or biking to the park. Leaving your cars at home is an additional effort to minimize your carbon footprint.
United States Botanic Gardens Earth Day Open House
100 Maryland Ave., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
Date: April 24, 2015 at 10 a.m.
The U.S. Botanic Gardens will host a day of fun and education with activities geared towards botanical sustainability. This event is designed to provoke conversations and discovery of everyday practices that will promote continued care of plant life on earth. The open house will have cooking demonstrations featuring seasonal produce and representatives from regional environmental organizations who will be happy to discuss eco-friendly ways for everyone to increase botanical preservation at home. Visit and enjoy the beauty of the many botanical species thriving in the garden.
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