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Celebrate Earth Month with Seattle Parks

Earth Day 2014 at Golden Gardens Park

Earth Day 2014 volunteers picking up litter at Golden Gardens Park

“I am green and it’ll do fine, it’s beautiful! And I think it’s what I want to be.”  – Kermit the Frog

It’s not that easy being green, but it’s definitely worth it. This year marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, and we’re encouraging everyone to try their hand at being green. Throughout April, in partnership with other environmentally minded organizations, we’re hosting dozens of Earth Day work parties and events.

Last year during Earth Month, we estimated that 3,150 volunteers donated nearly 10,000 hours through Seattle Parks and our partner organizations, and we’re hoping to outdo ourselves in 2015.

We’ve got work spanning from beaches to forests to gardens. Take a look at our Event Calendar and find the outing that’s the best fit for you. It can be easy being green, especially with the support of friends.

If digging in the dirt isn’t your thing, there are other ways to show Mother Nature some love this month.

  1. Reduce, reuse, recycle. Have clothes, toys, accessories that are no longer being used at your house? Organize a swap event at your school, club or church.
  2. Get into home composting! The City of Seattle is asking us to keep food scraps out of our garbage cans. Build a home composting bin, help out the City and reap the benefits of your own rich fertilizer. Seattle Tilth has great composting resources here.
  3. Turn off lights when you leave a room and never let the faucet run when not in use.
  4. Walk, bike, bus or carpool to work.
  5. Make homemade wild bird treats with the kids.
  6. Cook an Earth Day meal using locally grown, organic ingredients.

Tell us how you’re celebrating Earth Month at @seattleparks on Twitter.