Seattle Parks and Recreation is celebrating Earth Day and Month with a week of virtual and in-person activities to connect people to the planet and each other. Join us!
Visit www.seattle.gov/parks/earthweek to learn about the latest Earth Week activities!
Earth Day Kits and Virtual Activities
Our Rec’N the Streets program will be handing out Do it at HomeEarth Day Kits that will include how-to instructions and all of the materials needed for art activities and seed planting. Kits will also have two free tickets to visit the Seattle Aquarium or the Woodland Park Zoo. You can pick up kits, while supplies last, at any of the locations Rec’N the Streets has programming during the week of April 21 – 25. See the Rec’N the Streets Facebook page for specific locations on each day.
Unable to make it to the park? Visit SPR’s Earth Week YouTube Playlist and watch educational videos on how to recycle, native plants and their significance, fun Earth Day focused art projects, and more.
Take a Walk in the Park
Get some Vitamin N (nature) and take a walk in one of Seattle’s 485 parks. Guide yourself, join a naturalist, or even read a book while you walk!
- Story Walk®: Reading and the outdoors go together like kids and playgrounds! The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Parks and Recreation are collaborating to bring you StoryWalk® in the Parks from Wednesday April 21 through Saturday April 24. You can find StoryWalks at Herring’s House Park (Tualtwx), offered in partnership with the Duwamish Longhouse; Genesee Park (Upper Field parking lot); Magnuson Park (Magnuson Frog Pond Park and Ride, lot E-5); and Northacres Park. Find all the details at www.spl.org/StoryWalk. Post your StoryWalk® photo on social media with the hashtag #storywalkseattle.
- Self-Guided Nature Walk: All ages are invited to go to Meadowbrook Pond from 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Thursday April 22 for a Self-Guided Nature Walk.
- Naturalist Nature Walk: Visit Carkeek Park from10:00 – 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 24 for a Nature Walk with SPR’s Environmental Education staff.
- Naturalist Walk for Seniors: On April 21, SPR invites Seniors (50+) to take a Nature Walk from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. at Jose Rizal Park with Parks Environmental Education staff.
- Or go for a run in the park! Join your socially-distanced neighbors on April 17 for the Earth Day Run at Magnuson Park. Register online for the 5K, 10K, 15K or half-marathon and have a tree planted in your honor!
Clean-up Our Parks Events
On Friday, April 23, join Seattle Parks and Recreation Environmental Education staff and volunteers from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. for a Clean-up Our Parks event. Come with your family or a friend, bring your own bags and gloves or get them from one of our volunteers in the following parks.
- Longfellow Creek Natural Area
- Myrtle Edwards Park
- Herring’s House Park
- Thornton Creek Natural Area
- Genesee Park and Playfield
If these parks are not in your neighborhood, you can still help us and participate. Send a picture of cleaning up your local park or neighborhood to: Kyle.Morrison@seattle.gov.
Restore Our Urban Forests
Join the Green Seattle Partnership to celebrate Earth Month! A number of virtual learning opportunities – from book clubs on environmental justice to webinars on indigenous plant knowledge – are listed on the GSP webpage. If you are looking to get into the woods and do some hands-on restoration, then check out the volunteer events listings to find one near you with space available.
For a listing and links to all these Earth Week events and opportunities, visit www.seattle.gov/parks/earthweek.