Apr 16, 2014

2014 Earth Day Events in Seattle

Photo Credit: Sustainable Seattle
Seattle, WA and Earth Day have a long-standing history.  
Forty-five years ago, in this very city, Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson introduced the concept of Earth day at a teach-in conference.  A year later, on April 22nd, 1970, Earth Day was founded in order to amplify environmental protection as a national priority.  

Since then, a number of individuals, organizations and businesses in Seattle have committed to the fundamental ideas behind Nelson’s dream-- including us at Sustainable Seattle!

While we like to think everyday is Earth Day, there are a number of local events planned to recognize Earth Day and give back to the planet.  We’re also joining in and creating fun and inspirational ways to celebrate.  

So gather-up your kids, friends, and loved ones and join us or the many other festivities.  Earth Day in Seattle will be more exciting than ever!

2014 Sustainable Seattle Earth Day Events

Our Site at the NW Green Home Tour- Highland Park: A Gathering Place Goes Green
Who: Sustainable Seattle, RainWIse, Stewardship Partners and Highland Park Improvement Club (HPIC)
What: End Earth Week by visiting our Sustainability Stop at HPIC, a neighborhood gathering place we have been transforming with green infrastructure since 2012.  Visitors will enjoy food, fun learning activities, and the chance to design their own rain gardens and meet the RainWise contractors who installed large cisterns, two rain gardens, and a permeable paver courtyard.  Mini-self guided tours of local RainWise rain gardens will also be available.
When: April 26, 11am - 5pm
Where: 1116 SW Holden St 98106

The Big Thing 4 Puget Sound
Who: YOU! Hosted by King County Education and Outreach Network (including Sustainable Seattle!) funded by Puget Sound Partnership
What: Share with us the way you connect with the Puget Sound region.  Whether it is drinking a cup of coffee at your local cafe, taking a walk through our tree covered parks, watching the rain, or playing with your pets outside - we all have different reasons we love and care for this region.  So join the bigger picture!  Snap a picture of the way or ways you connect (or an awesome selfie with a thumbs up!), share it on Instagram with #mypuget - you will join hundreds of others in building a photo mosaic of a true Pacific Northwest animal (the identity to be revealed on Earth Day!).  Check out all the photos already being shared at www.bigthing4pugetsound.org.
When: Between now and Earth Day, April 22, 2014.  
Where: On Instagram using #mypuget or if you don’t have Instagram or prefer to keep your photo stream private, email us at bigthing@sustainableseattle.org and we will upload the photo.

Earth Day Events in Seattle (by neighborhood)

South Seattle:

Duwamish Alive
Who: Nature Consortium and EarthCorps
What: Restore important forest habitat, remove invasive weeds, and enjoy live music while you work. 
When: April 19, 10am - 2pm
Where: Pigeon Point Park, 1901 SW Genesse St.

Ten Mile Great Beer Hike Who: Latona Pub and Feet First
What: Volunteers will transport ale 10 miles on foot. This event will benefit Feet First, a non-profit organization working to ensure all communities in Washington are walkable. Participants may choose to walk for 10 miles, 5 miles, or to skip the walk and simply enjoy the beer at Latona Pub.
When: April 20, 9:30 am
Where: Volunteers will depart on foot from Two Beers Brewery, SODO, 4700 Ohio Ave. S., Unit A, Seattle WA 98134. Celebration will end at Latona Pub, Green Lake, 6423 Latona Ave. NE Seattle, WA 98115

North Seattle:

Golden Gardens Beach Clean Up
Who: City of Seattle - Department of Parks and Recreation
What: Help keep one of Seattle’s favorite parks litter free!
When: April 22, 1-4 pm
Where: Golden Gardens, Seaview Pl NW, Seattle, WA 98117

UW Seattle Earth Day Celebration
Who: University of Washington
What: Engage in fashion shows, open-mics, educational seminars, and much more!
When: April 22, 2014
Where: University of Washington, Seattle

Carkeek Park Earth Day
Who: Carkeek Park Advisory Council
What: See salmon, pick up litter, or go on a nature walk - Carkeek Park Earth Day has something for everyone.
When: April 26, 10am - 8pm

Runners at the Inaugural Earth Day 5K (2013). Photo Credit: Seattle Magazine

West Seattle:

Earth Day 5K Run
Who: Seattle Magazine
What: Enjoy a brisk run or a friendly stroll with a friend in support of Earth Day 2014. Post 5K, there will be food trucks, beer gardens, and festivities with all proceeds going towards local restoration organization, EarthCorps.
When: April 19, 8am - 12pm
Where: Alki Waterfront


Environmental Education Activities
Who: Pacific Science Center and Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center
What: Interact with science staff and participate in the long list of activities for all ages!
When: April 25 - 27
Where: 200 Second Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98109

Earth Day with SAM
Who: Seattle Art Museum (SAM)
What: Make art, tour Olympic Sculpture Park, and hear local music all the while
doing so.
When: April 19, 10am - 3pm
Where: Olympic Sculpture Park, 2901 Western Ave, Seattle, WA 98121


Volunteer Work Party at Heron Rookery
Who: Forterra
What: Show your park a lil Earth Day love by helping rescue the trees and shrubs from invasive weeds!
When: April 26, 9am - 12pm
Where: Heron Rookery Trail,  Redmond, WA 98052

Forterra volunteers work together in order 
to mulch some newly restored forested area. Photo Credit: Forterra.com

Check out more opportunities to get outside and partake in Earth Day here:

Have a Happy Earth Day, Week, Month (Year) all!

1 comment:

  1. I love seeing communities coming together to give back to the Earth. It has so much beauty and it needs to be preserved. Way to be sustainable!