Take in some fresh air and connect with nature while commemorating Earth Day this Monday, April 22 

Earth Day is the annual global event that acknowledges our planet’s uniqueness and raises public awareness for environmental issues. Started as a grassroots movement in 1970, Earth Day has continued to support environmental concerns such as pollution, climate change, energy conservation and many more.  

Supporters march, sign petitions, meet with elected officials and participate in a variety of other activities to bring attention to threats that the planet faces. Earth Day has become the largest secular observance in the world celebrated by billions of people across 192 countries.  

There are numerous activities that you and your family can participate in from volunteer clean-ups to festivals across Michigan. Enjoy and appreciate Mother Earth at these fun, family-friendly festivities:  

Green Day at Detroit’s Belle Isle Nature CenterIf you’re looking for crafts and games, this is the event for you. Head to the Belle Isle Conservancy on Saturday, April 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to participate in zookeeper talks, stories and conservation exhibits. This event is free for those with a Michigan DNR Recreation Passport and $11 for those without a valid 2019 passport.  

Kalamazoo Nature Center: Embrace the outdoors and appreciate the beautiful trails and forest views during this day of physical activity on April 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

MI Earth Day Fest in Downtown RochesterFrom April 26-28, families are invited to enjoy this free festival with live entertainment, wellness exhibits, green products for purchase and a kids activity area. 

Ann Arbor’s Annual Earth Day Festival at the Leslie Science & Nature Center: The Leslie Science & Nature Center is hosting a festival with 40 displays by local environmental groups where families can witness live animal demonstrations, and enjoy hands-on activities and live entertainment on April 28 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.