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Earth Day Events in Boston

Expand Your Environmental Awareness With These Events

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Celebrate Earth Day in Boston this spring by participating in one or more of these local events aimed at expanding environmental awareness.

Earth Day celebrations at The Arnold Arboretum

Enjoy a variety of programs and events at The Arnold Arboretum all through April, including greenhouse education, a pruning workshop, birding classes, planting exhibits, introductions to ecology, and a case study on trees. See their Calendar of Events for a complete schedule.

Annual Earth Day Charles River Cleanup
April 21, 2012, 9 a.m.-Noon

The 13th annual Charles River Cleanup, will involve some 3,000 volunteers who will pick up trash along all 80 miles of the Charles River. The Charles River Watershed Association will provide all volunteers with supplies, snacks, and free T-shirts. For more information, visit www.crwa.org or call 781-788-0007.

Massachusetts Park Serve Day
April 21, 2012

The sixth annual public service day will allow residents to clean up area beaches, parks, and more. To sign up and to see a list of all the projects, visit www.mass.gov/dcr/parkserve. According to the Department of Conservation and Recreation, "last year, more than 3,000 volunteers participated in picking up tons of trash.

Party for the Planet at Franklin Park Zoo
April 22, 2012, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Celebrate the animals of earth with a day at the Franklin Park Zoo, where there will be a variety of Earth Day-themed events, including an indoor gorilla exhibit, Anala the Tiger’s birthday, and entertainment from Green Rockers and POP Alert. Click here for a full schedule of events.

The Race Against Extinction 5K
April 22, 2012, 11 a.m.

Hit the streets of Boston and raise funds for the natural environment. All are invited, from Cheetahs (inexperience to first-time runners) to Kangaroos (parents with strollers), and even Sloths (non-runners). Entry fee is $25 and begins at Artesani Park. Registration is first come, first serve.

Earth Day at the Boston Public Library

The Boston Public Library celebrates Earth Day with a planting workshop on April 21 at the Faneuil Hall branch. Participants are encouraged to come roll up their sleeves and help plant items provided by the library. Free.

Picnic for the Planet
April 22, 2012

The Nature Conservancy invites Earth Day enthusiasts to meet up with others for a worldwide picnic celebration of the earth. In addition, the Nature Conservancy will attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the largest global picnic, locally, to the soundtrack of live music courtesy of Radio 92.9.

Boston Shines
April 27-28, 2012

Residents, as well as local businesses and organizations, are invited to volunteer in a widespread beautification effort. For the past nine years, more than 5,000 volunteers have participated in the event, picking up over 46 tons of trash and debris. Sign up to partipate at www.cityofboston.gov/ons/bostonshines

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