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6 Ways to Honor the Planet This Earth Day

Celebrating its 49th year, Earth Day [1] returns on April 22 with opportunities around the Bay for fans of the earth to support the ground, water and air that sustains us. Here is a sampling of family- and planet-friendly events in Marin and beyond.

California State Parks Open House at China Camp State Park [2]

Earth Day China Camp

The Village at China Camp, San Rafael

April 13

Help remove invasive plants, repair split rail fencing or join in a Spanish-language bird-watching hike, among many other activities at this “explore the park” open house. The events are part of a Bay Area-wide celebration, including another open house at Half Moon Bay State Beach [3], and work days at Benicia State Recreation Area [4], Angel Island State Park [5], Candlestick Point State Recreation Area [6], and Mount Diablo State Park [7].

Earth Day at the Oakland Zoo [8]

Earth Day at Oakland Zoo

Oakland Zoo, Oakland

April 14

This year’s event focuses on the theme Planting for Pollinators. Guests can learn about the different ways to save our great pollinator species that are so essential to our ecosystem, and take a pledge to grow the plants that support them. Bring an old cellphone to recycle to get a free train ride.

Earth Day with Marin County Parks [9]

Earth Day Corte Madera Creek

Hal Brown Park at Creekside, Kentfield

April 20

Help keep this beautiful park with views of Mount Tam clean and picturesque. A sun hat and comfortable yet sturdy work gloves are a good idea if you’re joining in on this effort to clean up Corte Madera Creek and Hal Brown Park at Creekside.

Mt. Tamalpais Watershed Earth Day [10]

Earth Day Mt Tam

Deer Park, Fairfax

April 20

Every year, volunteers get together to eradicate the invasive species French and Scotch broom, in an event endearingly titled the Bald Hill Broom Bust [11]. Hike, bike, or carpool to the site for optional Earth Day vibes.

Earth Day on Stinson Beach [12]

Earth Day on Stinson Beach

South end of Stinson Beach

April 20

This scenic beach combines care for the environment with arts and activities. Help with a beach cleanup or creek restoration, then join in a sculpture-making project with natural materials ,or learn about sand globe making.

Presidio Trust Earth Day [13]

Presidio Trust Earth Day

Fort Scott Meadow, the Presidio, San Francisco

April 20

Help restore natural areas and improve wildlife corridor areas in San Francisco’s scenic Presidio area. The volunteer session will end with a BBQ potluck and lawn games.