Since 1970, Earth Day has reminded us to take action to protect our planet and reduce our impact on the environment. In Houston, the Partnership is taking action to reduce carbon output from the energy industry through the Houston Energy Transition Initiative, while the City of Houston is engaged in an ongoing effort to address climate issues through to a comprehensive climate action plan.
We are fortunate in Houston to have thousands of acres of green space throughout the region. From golf courses to parks to various walking, cycling and walking trails, beauty surrounds our city. Many of these parks and recreational entities participate in the annual celebration of our planet.
Arboretum & Nature Center
Visit the Arboretum on April 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for an Earth Day celebration! You will find information kiosks as well as many activities for the whole family, including poetry, drawing, photography and crafts.
Barbara Bush Literacy
Come to Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza anytime from 11:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 23 for stories, movies, music, dance, and thought-provoking earth-themed talks. This fun day will also include a free tree seedling to take home and watch grow.
Houstonians, ages 9 and up, are invited to spend Earth Day with the Buffalo Bayou Partnership for a community-wide volunteer effort. Beginning at 8:30 a.m., volunteers will help in a variety of ways, such as picking up trash, mulching, and weeding. This is a convenient and perfect way for any outdoor enthusiast to spend their morning.
Houston Children’s Museum
Encourage your little one’s love for our planet through nature-themed projects, demonstrations and experiments. The Children’s Museum will cover a range of interesting topics to engage your child, including:
• Trees, plants and ecosystems;
• Animal skins and skulls, and
The Hermann Park Conservatory is offering a month of activities to get everyone involved in Earth Day. In addition to a series of garden and nature courses, Herman Park offers a variety of volunteer opportunities. From maintenance in the Japanese Gardens to maintenance in the heart of the park, there are many ways Houstonians can give back during the rest of April as well as the rest of the year.
For more ideas on how to spend the week with the family, visit our Parks and Outdoors or Arts and Culture pages.