President John F Kennedy started the idea for a national Earth Day with his 1963 conservation tour. Six years later, in Seattle, an announcement was made that the first official Earth Day would begin in April, 1970. Over 40 years later, we’re still concerned about our environment and conservation. Here’s some of what’s happening around the Sound on Earth Day 2011.

Pike Place Market
Friday, April 22, 11:30am – 1:30pm
85 Pike Street, Room 500
Seattle, WA 98101

All ages are welcome to bring a sack lunch or purchase one at the Market and celebrate Earth Day by eating with neighbors. Similar events are taking place across the US and The Nature Conservancy awards cities in categories including Picnic with the Best View, Largest Picnic, Cleanest Picnic (most positive impact on the location), Northern-most Picnic, and more. Join in It starts at 11:30am in Room 500 at the Market.

The Children’s Museum Seattle
Friday, April 22, 11:00am
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109

The museum has partnered with the Seattle Center Monorail to bring a special Earth Day Celebration to museum visitors. Join in for one of the special story times followed by a tour of the Monorail! See the underside of the Monorail and learn all about how it runs. Kids can take a complimentary round trip ride, $4/adult. Story times start at the Children’s Museum and then move to the Monorail tour. Attendance at one of the story times is required to join the Monorail tour. Story Times at: 11a, 12p, 1p and 2p.

Washington Park Arboretum
Saturday, April 23, 9:00am
2300 Arboretum Drive E
Seattle, WA 98112

Get your hands dirty helping to improve the Arboretum. Join the Student Conservation Association, the University of Washington Botanic Gardens (UWBG), and Seattle Parks and Recreation for a day of fun projects at the Washington Park Arboretum on Saturday, April 23. Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. and then there will be a kick-off rally at 9:30 a.m. After the rally, the volunteers will head off to work on projects until 3 p.m. If you have a favorite pair of work gloves, please bring them. Bring a water bottle, sack lunch, snacks, travel mug for a hot drink, sunscreen, rain gear, long pants and long sleeves for protection, layers of clothing, and boots/sturdy shoes. Tools and project materials will be provided. Questions? Contact Kristin at or 206.324.4649.

The Mountaineers Kitsap Cabin & Foundation Rhododendron Preserve
Saturday, April 23, 10:00am – 4:00pm
3153 Seabeck Highway NW
Bremerton, WA 98312

Join The Mountaineers for a family-friendly day of nature activities, guided hikes, volunteering, and exploring at The Mountaineers Foundation’s Rhododendron Preserve!   This Earth Day celebration is open to the public and free of charge, with a suggested donation of $15 per family. Enjoy the day by trying a range of activities, or just drop in for a little fun. Rain or shine, the day’s events include:
– A visit with Orion the Horned Owl
– Storytelling for all ages with Jo Walter
– Stewardship projects for adults and youth ages 8+. Help us remove invasive English ivy!
– Guided family walks to the Big Tree (one of the largest trees in the state!)
– Earth Day theater games for kids
– Hiking Basics clinic
– Interpretive hikes and nature activities
– Leave No Trace games
– And much more!