10 Great Earth Day Events in Orange County

By Alya Hijazi

Photo by Miriam Espacio on Unsplash

Earth Day Native Planting Project
Saturday, April 21
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Doheny State Beach Campfire Center
The California State Parks Foundation and volunteers will be participating in beach cleanups and projects such as planting and weeding native plants. Other activities include installing planter chips and the general cleanup of the campgrounds, park, creeks, and jetty area. Register online at calparks.org.

Earth Day at the Headlands
Saturday, April 21
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Nature Interpretive Center
The Dana Point Headlands Conservation Area is putting on a community-wide event that includes learning about O.C.’s endangered animals and the San Juan Creek Watershed. Activities include nature tours, face painting, whale watching, Native American basket weaving, and getting up close and personal with snakes. You can even take home your own native plant. More information and basket-weaving registration can be found at on Eventbrite.

Earth Day San Clemente
Saturday, April 21
8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Parque Del Mar
Starting with a beach cleanup, the City of San Clemente Environmental Division and the Watershed Task Force spread the message of protecting our water quality. Attendees will be taught how to reduce litter and learn about pollutants that ruin the storm drains, streets, and our ocean. Live music and artists will be present, as well as crafts for kids and educational demonstrations. Find out more by emailing Info@SCwatersheds.com or at san-clemente.org

Bug Out
Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ocean Institute
Learn about the importance of insects and their impact on the environment with comparative anatomy labs and make-your-own bug boxes and a butterfly feeder workshop. The institute will also host beach cleanups both days beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets are $7.50 to $10 for admission and $12.50 for the butterfly feeder workshop. For more information or to register for the workshop, visit ocean-institute.org/event/bug-out.

Green Scene Plant & Garden Expo
Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22
9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (members); 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (general)
Fullerton Arboretum
For 44 years, garden enthusiasts have come to this spring event to shop for gardening and plant items such as succulents, organic vegetables, garden art, and exotic plants. There will be speakers discussing garden-related topics as well as vendors. Don’t miss the Plein Air event on Sunday, showcasing 30 artists painting live throughout the arboretum. Tickets are $8 for general admission and free for members and children under 12. fullertonarboretum.org

Take the Eco Challenge
Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Discovery Cube Orange County
All weekend long, learn about environmentalism with kid-friendly exhibits, presentations, and stage shows with the purchase of a general admission ticket ($13 to $18). Participate in recycling activities and tune in on Sunday to a special screening of MacGillivray Freeman’s “Humpback Whales.” oc.discoverycube.org

Earth Day at the Bay
Sunday, April 22
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center
The Newport Bay Conservancy and OC Parks are hosting environmental-themed booths that feature arts and crafts, science discovery, and educational information for the whole family. Listen to live music and presentations, watch environmental short films, and participate in a scavenger hunt and prize drawings. Food trucks will be on site. newportbay.org

Primitive Pottery Workshop for Earth Dayfest
Sunday, April 22
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Costa Mesa retail center invites people of all ages interested in pottery, primitive skills, or sustainable living to join their pottery workshop sponsored by Nature Connection. Discover Channel’s Chad Keel will be teaching. Learn how to pound residual clay chunks with stones to create moldable clay, and use a variety of methods to shape your creation. Register on Eventbrite.

Celebrate Earth Day
Sunday, April 22
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Pretend City Children’s Museum
Children of all ages are welcome to take part in environmental awareness activities. Create your own model of the Earth out of coffee filters and colored water, construct cereal box buildings and can cars out of recyclable materials, learn about different seed varieties, and end the day with an Earth science story time session. Admission is $9.50 to $12.50. pretendcity.org

Earth Day Celebration
Sunday, April 22
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ecology Center
Take part in hands-on DIY activities on Road Trip, the Center’s new 32-foot double decker bus that will make its first appearance at the festival. A variety of demos, workshops, and a plant sale will also take place, as well as strawberry picking and kids yoga. There will also be live music and food from local restaurants. Register at theecologycenter.org

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