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Posted on: April 20, 2020

Earth Day is April 22 - Here's How You Can Celebrate at Home

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Earth Day is typically celebrated all over the world with festivals and events. Mansfield Environmental Services, Library, Parks and Water Utilities departments invite you to virtually celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Check out this list of fun activities for all ages: 

Conservation Topics

  • Enter this interactive house to learn simple steps you can take at home to help conserve water and energy, keep the air and water clean, reduce waste, and save a little money in the process. Appropriate for ages 10 and up.
  • Calculate your lifetime energy use to see how you personally impact the environment. Appropriate for ages 10 and up.
  • Test your energy I.Q. with a quick quiz. Ages 12 and up.

Nature

  • Take a virtual nature walk through Oliver Nature Park and do a scavenger hunt as you watch! Appropriate for ages 6 and up. 
  • You can’t go to the zoo right now, but the zoo can come to you through these fun and informative virtual visits and activity sheets. Appropriate for all ages.
  • Do some virtual birdwatching with Texas Parks and Wildlife, then try to find the same birds in your own yard. Appropriate for all ages.
  • Meet the Wildlife Ambassadors from the Mansfield Parks Department and learn more about their unique characteristics and adaptations. Appropriate for all ages.
  • Become a citizen scientist with iNaturalist - a free app where you can upload photos of plants, animals and insects, while documenting the location where they were found. The online community will help you identify what’s in your photo, and real scientists use the data to track species and other studies. Take a look and see all the items already logged at Oliver Nature Park, and add your own from the park or your own backyard! Appropriate for ages 10 and up. 

Art, Crafts and Educational Activities

Games

  • Scavenger Hunt Bingo is a great way for younger children to enjoy their own backyards. Appropriate for ages 3-6.
  • Take Care of Texas brings you animated games, videos, interactive posters and ideas on ways to help out the environment. Appropriate for ages 4 and up.
  • How much do you know about Earth’s species, resources and threats? Test your knowledge of the environment and learn how you can do more to protect your surroundings. Appropriate for ages 10 and up.

Actions You Can Take

There are lots of ways to celebrate Earth Day not only once a year but every day of the year.  Proper recycling, conserving water and not littering are things we can all do. What ways will you be celebrating Earth Day this year?

Did You Know?

The very first Earth Day was started in April of 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson as a way to force environmental issues onto the national agenda. Twenty million Americans, along with more than 200 million people representing 141 countries around the world, participated and the environmental revolution began. Later that year, Congress authorized the creation of a new federal agency to tackle environmental issues, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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