Where to Celebrate Earth Day Around the Main Line
From family festivals to hands-on science activities, here's where to celebrate (and learn to protect) our planet.
Earth Day is Thursday, April 22 this year, and there are so many fun opportunities to celebrate while learning about nature and protecting the planet, from festivals to hands-on science activities.
April 17, 9 am — 1 pm
Haverford CREC, 9000 Parkview Drive, Haverford
Plant trees, participate in stream bank restoration, and have fun learning about owls. Pre-register online for your desired timeslot (choose from 9-10:15 am or 10:45 am-noon). Both timeslots are followed by a live birds of prey presentation.
Narberth’s annual event gets a COVID-friendly “refresh” with virtual eco-seminars, a socially-distanced plant swap, a pop-up recycling collection of “hard-to-recycle” household items, children’s activities, and more. See schedule of events online.
April 22, 12:30 pm
107 Yale Ave., Swarthmore
Bring a bag lunch and celebrate Earth Day, at this outdoor family program with World of Song’s Allison DeSalvo and Friends of Little Crum Creek Park in Swarthmore. Children will participate in fun, interactive activities through songs, stories, yoga, art, and a scavenger hunt while learning about the 3R’s and our connection to the earth. Geared for ages 2 – 7. Masks required. No registration necessary.
April 23, 6:45 pm
542 Plymouth Rd., Plymouth Meeting
Celebrate Earth Day at a special drive-in movie at Plymouth Elementary School. Pre-registration is required ($5 per car). Stay at your vehicle for the duration of the screening; wear a mask and practice social distancing when outside of your car.
515 Painter Rd., Media
Tyler Arboretum has lined up three family-friendly activities to celebrate Earth Day on April 24. Choose one or more of the socially distanced outdoor opportunities, each with two different timeslots. Little ones (ages 3-5) and their grownups can join Miss Louisa for stories about birds and trees, followed by a Scavenger Hunt. Kids ages 6-10 (with an adult) can gather at Lucille’s Garden for a fun and interactive on-site class for planting spring vegetables and edible flowers. Also, kids ages 8 and up can join a workshop to build a native bee house! Pre-registration is required online for each event, so don’t miss out.
April 24, 11 am — 3 pm
1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown
Guests can enjoy demonstrations and education stations featuring animals, recycling, sustainable living, and more. Eco-friendly items will also be available to purchase from vendors throughout the zoo. Free with zoo admission.
This is one of the region’s longest-running charity races and its largest Earth Day event. For a second year, the Run for Clean Air will be a virtual race, giving runners the freedom and flexibility to run their race when and where they like. All virtual runners and walkers will receive a race shirt and finisher medal–just register online and join thousands of people putting their best foot forward and supporting the environment!
April 21, 10 am
Kids ages 3-6 and their grownups can have some fun with Academy of Natural Sciences experts and other young natural history fans for a very special Earth Day science storytime and activity with room to move and explore. Everyone can chat, play, show off their knowledge, and meet special guests who love the earth! Zoom link and supply list will be emailed prior to the event, so be sure to pre-register by April 19.
April 21, 10:30 am
Kids ages 2 and up are invited to celebrate Mother Earth and how we are a huge part of taking care of her through The Earth Book, written and illustrated by Todd Parr. Kids will learn they are never too little to make a big difference in our world, and will learn ways to take care of our world each and every day. After the story, today, Miss Mel and Christina Bunny will demonstrate how to make an upcycled tin can drum. Join free on Marple Public Library’s Facebook Page.
April 22, 7 pm
Join local author and musician Miss Jolie for a special storytime and songs to celebrate planet Earth. Free on Facebook Live.
April 22, 7 pm
Share Earth Day actions, ask questions of Saleem Chapman, the city’s climate resilience coordinator, enjoy the arts with poet Jeff Hoagland, artist Raul Romero, and dancer Christina Catanese, learn our city’s special history with Earth Day, and guess the top five environmental pop songs of all time—while hearing a climate change quartet. Free; pre-register online.
April 24, 10 am
Join Academy of Natural Sciences scientists to discuss how you can take action for the earth and what impacts you can have. This program is suitable for children ages 8-11 but all are welcome. Free; pre-register online.