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Earth Day Events for Seattle-Area Families in 2021

Celebrate our planet with nature walks, planting events and more

Devon Hammer

Published on: April 21, 2021

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 support the protection of our 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 protection. Many Seattle-area events happening all week will help your family celebrate and support the planet we call home. After all, we only have one!

April 20–May 2: Earth Week Walk in the Park
Honor our great planet with a self-guided walk through Lake Sammamish State Park. Learn about the parks many environments and animals with facts display on a designated path. Free.

April 21–24: Earth Week story walks in four Seattle parks
Head out to one of four Seattle parks to enjoy the great outdoors and a story to go with it. In honor of Earth Day, The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Parks have teamed up to present four different walking stories, where pages of the book are displayed on a designated path. Find the one nearest your home or hit all four, each story is fantastic! Free.

Thursday, April 22: 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.

Thursday, April 22, 9 a.m.: Virtual Earth Day Summit (online)
Join the global celebration with and be inspired with performances, workshops and panel discussions. Free.

Thursday, April 22, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.: Earth Day Celebration at The Landing, Renton

Stop by the plaza (across from the movie theater) at The Landing shopping center for a free Earth Day planting kit, while supplies last.

Thursday, April 22, 11 a.m. –1:30 p.m.: Self-Guided Nature Walk at Meadowbrook Pond
Get a dose of nature and do some pond exploration with Rec'N the Streets' all-ages, self-guided nature walk at Meadowbrook Pond. Free; no registration needed.

Thursday, April 22, 4–6 p.m.: Earth Day STEAM Goody Bag pick-up
Register to pick up a goody bag full of Earth Day-related STEAM activities. Pick-up at Kent Commons on Earth Day. $12; best for ages 4–10. 

Friday, April 23, 1–5 p.m.: Earth Day Clean-Up in Seattle parks
Do your part and join in the efforts to clean up Seattle-area parks. Show up at one of the five designated spots from 1–5 p.m. to do various jobs to restore the beauty of some of Seattle’s best parks. No registration needed.

Saturday, April 24, 8–11 a.m.: Burien Clean Sweep
Earn a free hot dog and a chance to win a bike by participating in Burien's Clean Sweep. Register to spruce up a designated area in Burien and then head to the Discover Burien office to pick up your to-go lunch. Preregister.

Saturday, April 24, 9 a.m.–noon: Auburn Earth Day Clean Sweep
Sign up for a spot at Auburn’s Earth Day park clean-up to beautify an area in Auburn. Preregister.

Saturday, April 24, 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. Preregister.

Saturday, April 24, 9 a.m.–noon: Earth Day at the Arboretum, Seattle
Gear up for a day doing some weeding, mulching and invasive plant removal at one of five sections of the Washington Park Arboretum. Preregister.

Saturday, April 24, 10–11:30 a.m.: Nature Walk at Carkeek Park
Join Seattle Parks program Rec'N the Streets for an all-ages nature walk with park staff at Carkeek Park. Free; no registration needed.

Saturday, April 24, 10 a.m. –3 p.m.: Earth Day Scavenger Hunt
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 24, 11 a.m.–noon: Virtual Seattle Symphony family concert "Earth"
Gather around the computer for a special Seattle Symphony concert celebrating our planet. Stick around for activities and crafts afterwards. Subscribe for access to all Seattle Symphony Live Programs; initial free 7-day trial available. $12.99 monthly pass after that.

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