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Earth Day Events for Seattle-Area Families in 2022

Celebrate our planet with story walks, volunteer events and more

Nancy Chaney
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Published on: April 19, 2022

Boy in purple vest and boots in garden planting a seedling for Earth Day

Earth Day is a globally recognized day reminding everyone to honor and protect our precious planet. Earth Day offers a chance for families and kids to pause and appreciate this big beautiful rock we live on — and to advocate for its preservation. Many Seattle-area events will help your family celebrate and support the planet we call home. After all, we only have one!

Through Tuesday, May 3: Earth Week Walk in the Park, Issaquah
Explore Lake Sammamish State Park’s many environments and learn about the animals who live there with this "do-it-yourself" Earth Day walk. Free (Discover Pass required to park, except on Earth Day, April 22.)

April 19–24: Earth Week story walks in four Seattle parks
Enjoy a stroll in the great outdoors while following along with an engaging picture book story — and breathe some fresh air at the same time! Find the StoryWalks at Herring’s House Park, Green Lake Park, Lincoln Park and Genessee Park. Free.

Thursday, April 21, 4–8 p.m.: Free Third Thursday for Earth Day, Tacoma
Visit Foss Waterway Seaport during its free Third Thursday evening and partake in hands-on activities in honor of Earth Day.

Friday, April 22, all day: Washington State Parks Free Day
Enjoy the beauty and bounty of our earth at one or more of Washington’s 140 state parks. A Discover Pass is not required to park a vehicle at any state park on Earth Day, April 22.

Friday, April 22, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.: Earth Day at Denny Park, Seattle
Pop by Denny Park in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood for free lawn games (10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.) and live entertainment by buskers (noon–2 p.m.).

Friday, April 22, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.: Earth Day electronics recycling at Kirkland Urban
Bring your unneeded electronics to a 1 Green Planet drop-ff bin to make sure they’re properly recycled.

Saturday, April 23, 7:30 a.m.–noon: Auburn Earth Day Clean Sweep
Sign up for a spot at Auburn’s Earth Day park clean-up to help keep Auburn ship-shape! Start the morning off with a free welcome breakfast (7:30–8:30 a.m.) at the Auburn Community & Events Center. Projects kick off at 9 a.m.

Saturday, April 23, 9 a.m.–noon: Tacoma Parks Appreciation Day
Show appreciation for our beautiful Earth by putting in some work at one of six popular parks in Tacoma. Sign up for a spot to spruce up our greenspaces.

Saturday, April 23, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.: Earth Day at the Arboretum, Seattle
Gear up for a day doing some weeding, mulching and invasive plant removal at fantastic Washington Park Arboretum. Preregister.

Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.: Earth Day at Rotary Park, Bainbridge Island
Join the Bainbridge community in removing invasive weeds and planting wildflowers, plus enjoy live music and buy your lunch from onsite food vendors.

Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.: Earth Day Extravaganza, Tacoma
Tacoma Nature Center hosts a free Earth Day celebration where families can learn about pollinators, make a craft and explore the nature trails.

Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.: Water Heroes Activity Kit pick-up, Olympia
Water is, of course, a critical element to life on earth! Swing by the WET Science Center to pick up a free activity kit and become a water hero.

Saturday, April 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon: Earth Day Ramble at Lewis Creek Park, Bellevue
What better way to celebrate the earth than to take a closer look at our Puget Sound-area greenspaces and learn to appreciate and preserve them? Preregister for this ranger-led hike. Free.

Saturday, April 23, 11 a.m.–noon: Earth Day Family Yoga, Seattle
Kids ages 7 and older and their grown-ups join Ms. Maria for a family yoga session at the Discovery Park Visitor Center. Pregister; $5 per person.

Saturday, April 23, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.: Sammamish Earth Day Celebration
Head to Beaver Lake Park for Earth Day family fun and games, including a petting zoo and a scavenger hunt. Free.

Saturday, April 23, 1–3 p.m.: Earth Day at Lake Wilderness Arboretum, Maple Valley
Enjoy story time with a local librarian, check out a recycling truck and try your hand at the nature scavenger hunt! Free.

Saturday, April 23, 1 p.m.–3 p.m.: Earth Day Celebration at The Landing, Renton
Stop by the plaza (across from the movie theater) for a free Earth Day planting kit or tote bag (while supplies last). You can also have your face painted and snap a photo in front of a special backdrop.

Saturday, April 23, 1–5:30 p.m.: Earth Day at Shadow Lake Nature Preserve, Renton
Reserve a spot at Shadow Lake Nature Preserve in Renton to hike along the upland trail system. Enjoy nature while finding clues to solve an Earth Day scavenger hunt.

Saturday, April 30, 8 a.m.–noon: Burien Clean Sweep
Help beautify Burien! Sign up for a stretch of road or a section of blocks and put your litter-busting skills to work.

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