Posted Thursday, April 26, 2018 by MCVB Staff
By Joe Kukura
The whole planet celebrates Earth Day on April 22, but Earth Day is actually every day! Even though the 22nd has come and gone, there are still activities to participate in throughout the year to celebrate and support the planet's well-being. There’s no place on earth with the natural wonders of the world on display like in Marin County. From the redwood forests to majestic mountaintops to whale-watching on the Pacific coastline, Marin County is a special place to commemorate the significance of Earth Day and enjoy the magnificence of Mother Nature. But these natural treasures require stewardship and care, and Marin County marks Earth Day and the spring season with a number of upcoming events that both beautify and celebrate the planet.
The events below are not all on Earth Day in April, but each and every one shows Marin County’s deep, ongoing commitment to conservation and custodianship. Whether it’s cleanup efforts on Pacific shores, eco-festivals or chances to meet critters up close, these earth-friendly events show how Marin County knows that a good planet is hard to find.
Earth Day in San Rafael
Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The Marin County seat of San Rafael is known as “the city with a mission,” and its Earth Day weekend mission is to keep its natural bounties clean and pristine. The local volunteer organization San Rafael Clean hosts an annual Earth Day in San Rafael to coincide with service days all over the nation that day. You can join teams to clean litter and invasive plants from San Rafael’s beautiful beaches, parks and public spaces, so keep an eye on the Earth Day in San Rafael website for details and opportunities.
Novato Clean and Green Day
Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The open-space hiking and biking haven of Novato holds its annual Novato Clean and Green Earth Day weekend cleanup and beautification that Saturday morning at Novato Civic Green.
Some supplies will be provided for this restoration of Novato’s creek banks, parks and bike paths. The registration email is available on the Novato Clean and Green Day 2018 website.
Marin County Parks Tree Planting Ceremony at Lagoon Park
Friday, April 27, 12 p.m.
The Marin County Parks Dedication Tree Program is an annual Arbor Day tribute that truly lasts. At the Marin County Parks Tree Planting Ceremony at Lagoon Park, donors will have the opportunity to plant a tree and place a marker to commemorate the species near a beautiful outdoor lagoon.
Discovery Day Open House
Sunday, April 29, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
There’s only one marine laboratory on the San Francisco Bay, and that’s the San Francisco State University Romberg Tiburon Campus’ Estuary & Ocean Science Center. Its Discovery Day Open House is a family-friendly event that lets you learn the ropes of marine biology by collecting plankton, trying out marine scientific tools, and rubbing elbows with the full-time pros. The event is free, but registration is required.
Nature Connection: Little Folkies Music & Nature Exploration
Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Audubon Canyon Ranch/Martin Griffin Preserve
Parents, bring your 0-5 year olds to the Martin Griffin Preserve of Audubon Canyon Ranch to join ACR and Little Folkies for a day of Music and Nature Exploration! ACR and Little Folkies are teaming up to inspire young families to sing, play, and connect to the land. Come explore rhythmic dance and movement, musical games, and nature activities with your tots. Little Folkies will perform a 40 minute set of spring-themed songs. After the concert, join ACR staff in nature discovery activities including sensory and pond life exploration.
Saturday, June 9 to Sunday, June 10, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The annual Fairfax Festival is a parade and downtown festival that comes with a socially responsible and sustainable side. That side is the Ecofest, a grand pavilion exhibition featuring organic goods and foods. This year’s Ecofest will also spotlight organic beers and wines, and host an Ecofest Music Stage both days of the festival.
Coastal Cleanup Day
Saturday, Sept. 15
Be a part of California’s largest annual volunteer event at Marin County’s regional Coastal Cleanup Day event. The California Coastal Commission holds these popular annual beach cleanup events every September, so keep an eye on the Coastal Cleanup Day website for announcements about the 2018 Marin County event.
Save the date for Earth Day in Marin County. And be sure to make time for hiking, mountain biking, and farm-to-table restaurants while you’re here because Marin County is a real force of nature.
For all you need to plan your Marin County vacation, visit the Marin Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website or Facebook page.