History of Earth Day
In the spring of 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth
Day as a way to bring the environment into the national dialogue. In its first year, 20 million Americans celebrated Earth Day.
Nearly 50 years later, Americans have conquered many of the environmental and public health
challenges we’ve faced: acid rain, leaded gasoline, air pollution, and more.
This Earth Day, let's celebrate our successes while we continue to protect our natural resources!
Outdoor Adventures for Earth Day
For Earth Day 2016, enjoy the great outdoors with a new activity. Here are three fun and unusual activities to try. Don't worry, they're easy for beginners!
Try Stand Up Paddleboarding
Stand up paddleboarding is the fastest-growing segment of paddling sports. It is relatively easy to learn and can be enjoyed on calm water, whitewater, or surf. Losing your balance is inevitable, but falling in is refreshing on a hot Texas day! Learn more about SUP.
Find a Geocache
Geocaching is a modern-day treasure hunt! There are about 2 million geocaches worldwide, which range from easy to challenging. You can often find one without traveling far and they are hidden everywhere, from your local park to the most remote wilderness areas. All you need is a smart phone or basic GPS unit. Learn more about geocaching.
Service Project Ideas for Earth Day
In honor of Earth Day, we've compiled some ideas and resources for community and school service projects.
In Your Community
Organize a volunteer day in your local park to mulch trees.
Mulch is important because it helps trees conserve water and survive drought conditions. Check out our
brief guide, Mulching
and Composting, for tips. Before you begin your project, be sure to check with your local parks
and recreation department for proper procedures.
Prevent used items from going into landfills by
organizing a donation drive in your community. Check
out this clothing drive toolkit for information about collecting gently used items and
donating them to a local charitable organization.
Talk to your kids about the importance of the environment
and teach them how to protect it. The Take
Care of Texas Air Activity Poster has great information you can share
with your children.
Help your kids get to school using alternate
transportation, such as walking or biking. This will reduce emissions, save money, and promote exercise.
Teach your kids about recycling. Work together to sort the
trash and recyclable items into their proper containers.
Encourage your children to take shorter showers. Time how
long they spend in the shower and challenge them to make it shorter each day.