On April 22, people all over the country will be celebrating the 45th anniversary of Earth Day to help raise awareness of the importance of taking care of our environment. After the publication of Rachel Carson’s New York Times Bestseller, Silent Spring, people became very concerned with the state of our environment, living organisms, and public health. On April 22 1970, 20 million Americans demonstrated in parks, streets, and auditoriums all across the country to raise awareness of the importance of keeping our environment a clean, safe, healthy place to live. These protests also led to the creation of the US Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. Now, every year on April 22, instead of gathering for protests, people all over the country take to the parks, streets, and auditoriums to celebrate Mother Earth and educate about keeping her healthy. Here are some Earth Day events taking place this year…
From April 23 to May 5, the Appearances 2015 Eco-Arts Festival will take over 17 acres at Dunes Edge Eco-Campgrounds. Artists, who are invited from all over the world to participate, use eco-friendly materials to create and either perform or display their installation to bring awareness to the importance of maintaining our environment. Upon visiting the Dunes Edge Eco-Campgrounds, you will be encouraged to drive or walk around the property to view these installations. The Dunes Edge campgrounds, located just an 90 minute drive from Gateway to Cape Cod RV Campground, are bordered by the Cape Cod National seashore so if you’re interested in exploring more than just the arts festival, don’t hesitate to hang out on the shore where swimming, boating, sailing and fishing is encouraged.
Celebrate Earth Day on the Jersey Shore at the 25th Annual ACUA Earth Day Festival taking place in Environmental Park in Egg Harbor Township, located just 16 miles from Sea Pines RV Resort & Campground. This family-friendly event features eco-hayrides, city views from the top of a landfill, and live music at the Bash the Trash’s “Recycling Remix” show. You can even take a tour with the Atlantic County Utilities Authority to see the recycling center and the wind, solar and wastewater facilities to see how Atlantic City and New Jersey utilize natural energy sources to power parts of the city. The festival is on Sunday April 26 from 10am-4pm.
Oregon is overflowing with greenery, waterfalls, creeks, and trails, so spending time at the Whalers Rest RV & Camping Resort and exploring Oregon’s natural beauty will be an Earth Day celebration in of itself. However if you’re looking to attend one of the country’s largest community-organized Earth Day events, then don’t miss don’t miss Celebrate Earth Day in Portland, Oregon at Normandale Park on Saturday April 25. This annual event is put on by the Portland Earth Day Coalition and there will be many Earth Day-centered activities for adults and kids alike including live music, a health and wellness village, and representation from over 90 sustainable businesses and organizations. You can expect to be hanging out with over 4,000 other environmentally-minded people.
Be sure to check out Thousand Trails and Encore campgrounds’ Theme Weekends calendar – there are lots of Earth Day activities including beautification and earthy educational activities. Tell us how you are celebrating Earth Day in the comments!