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Get Your Family Involved with Fun Earth Day Activities

written by: Darlene Zagata•edited by: Niki Fears•updated: 12/21/2012

Earth Day, which is celebrated April 22nd, was developed out a rising concern for the environment. There are plenty of ways that you can do your part to celebrate Earth Day and make a difference. Get the whole family involved.

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    Go on a Nature Walk

    Trees Celebrate Earth Day by taking the family on a nature walk. Enjoy the beauty of our planet and get the added benefit of a day of exercise. Do some bird watching and encourage children to observe animals such as squirrels in their natural habitat. Take along a picnic lunch and be sure to recycle the waste as much as possible. Let the kids make their own suggestions for recycling, or try making a recycled craft together. Make sure you have a camera or camcorder to record the events of the day.

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    Clean up the Neighborhood

    Participate in a neighborhood effort to clean up a local park, beach or other public area. Simple acts such as cleaning up litter can make a difference in the environment. It will also provide you with a good opportunity to teach children to respect the environment by not littering. You can also enjoy the great outdoors and benefit the environment by planting a tree. Plant flowers too.

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    Do Some Green Cleaning

    You can even do your part on Earth Day if you plan on staying indoors. Enlist the help of the whole household and clean your home the green way. Use environmentally friendly products to clean with such as vinegar and baking soda. Get rid of your old light bulbs and switch to energy efficient fluorescent bulbs. Unplug appliances that are not in use. Clean out the garage or the basement and donate unused items such as bikes, books and cell phones. Take recyclable items to the recycling center.

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    Remember the Wildlife

    Don’t forget about wildlife on Earth Day. Do your part to help endangered animals by making a donation. You can adopt a wild animal such as a tiger, polar bear, wolf or other animal by making a contribution to wildlife organization funds such as In return you receive a stuffed animal as well as information about the animal of your choice.

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    Participate in Community Activities

    Many communities hold Earth Day celebrations that offer members of the community to participate in activities to benefit the neighborhood and also fun activities for children and adults. Churches and community centers may also get involved by choosing a project such as planting a tree or cleaning up a much needed area. Refreshments are served and everyone who wishes to contribute can bring a pot luck dish or snacks. Check for activities in your local area or plan your own. But remember to respect the earth and the environment everyday.