Party for the Planet!

A week’s worth of fun & impactful Earth Day events around the city.

The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, in the wake of Rachel Carson’s NY Times bestseller, Silent Spring (1962), which raised public awareness about our environment, and the undeniable links between pollution and public health. For the next two decades, Earth Day remained an American thing, until 1990 when environmental leaders in various countries organized to promote Earth Day as a global campaign to bring climate & ecological concerns to the world stage.

Today, more than a billion people participate in Earth Day every year, making it the largest secular observance in the world. Earth Day continues to educate and mobilize people to change human behavior by reforming global, national and local policies.

Celebrate Earth Day 2022, Philly-Style with our Local list of events and activities for all ages and interests. Please click the links in each description for more details and the latest information. If you know of an Earth Day event that needs some attention, please add your info in the comments section below. Thanks! 

TUESDAY

Drexel Earth Fest
Tues, April 19 / 11:30AM – 1:30PM
Gateway Garden & Lancaster Walk, Between 32nd & 34th Streets and Market & Arch Streets (map)
Free annual block party celebrating Drexel University’s commitment to environmental sustainability. Basically the whole school comes out with community groups and local vendors for a day of games, raffles, resource & information tables, and more. All welcome.

ALLschoolers Recycling and Making Paper
Tues, April 19 / 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Wissahickon Environmental Center (Tree House), 300 West Northwestern Ave (map)
Learn about recycling and how to turn waste paper into art. Ages 6 & up of all abilities and genders. $5 per child. Questions? Contact us at wec@phila.gov or 215.685.9285 / Registration is required at treehousewec.eventbrite.com. This is an outdoor, all weather program. Please dress for the weather and bring a mask for when close to others. More details at link. Directions to the Tree House

WEDNESDAY

Earth Day Storytime
Weds, April 20 / 10:15AM – 11AM
Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway (map)
Preschoolers and their families will enjoy learning all about water and how important it is for life in this very special reading of “Over and Under the Pond” followed by finger-painting fun. Developed specifically for children ages 3 to 5. Museum admission is included for one adult per registered child. For more information contact Amy Hoyt at alp333@drexel.edu. Tix $12, register online.

THURSDAY

Our Clothes and Our Earth
Thurs, April 21 / 6PM – 8:30PM
Bok Building, 7th Floor, 1901 South 9th Street (map)
A fashion conversation moderated by Rachel Higgins. Learn more about sustainable options and solutions for a cleaner, kinder planet.

FRIDAY

Earth Day Tree Planting
Fri, April 22/ 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Haverford College Arboretum, 370 Lancaster Avenue (map)
Celebrate Earth Day with Haverford College Arboretum! We’ll be planting a white oak tree on lovely Lloyd Green. All welcome to join Arboretum staff for a festive gathering, rain or shine. Parking for off-campus community members available in the nearby visitor parking lot.

Earth Day Festival by the Academy of Natural Sciences & the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Fri, April 22 / 4PM – 8PM (plus afterparty with Anthems for Anthropocene 7PM – 9PM)
Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway (map)
There’s only one earth, our home. Come celebrate life on this planet and the many wonderous systems it supports. Craft beer, locally-sourced snacks, stimulating conversation with Academy educators about wildlife and environmental issues. Get inspired to make the world a cleaner and more inhabitable place for all life! Pay-what-you-wish, reserve online. All ages. Read more on the Facebook Events page.

Office of Sustainability’s Earth Day 2022 Event
Fri, April 22 / 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Cherry Street Pier, 121 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd (map)
Celebrate the release of the latest edition of the Greenworks Review, an annual magazine featuring the voices of city residents, students, teachers, activists, artists, and everyone in between. Published by Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability, who is hosting this family-friendly eco-bash at the Cherry Street Pier. Storytelling, interactive activities, vendors and more to keep our communities safe, healthy and inspired. Come join Philadelphians engaged for an environmentally friendly future. Special guests include Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, local community leaders, and more!

About the Office of Sustainability — The OSS works with partners around the City to improve quality of life in all Philadelphia neighborhoods, reduce the City’s carbon emissions, and prepare Philadelphia for a hotter, wetter future through Greenworks Philadelphia, the City’s comprehensive sustainability plan.

SATURDAY

Naturepalooza: A Family Earth Day Celebration
Sat, April 23 / 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM EDT
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road (map)
The Schuylkill Center’s 10th annual family-friendly eco-festival. Gentle, wooded trails lead to various activity tables, leading participants on a mission to become a Planet Protector. Learn about native plants, explore ponds for signs of health and pollution. Make a birdfeeder and other wildlife-y crafts to take home! Live music with the Billy Jonas Band plus food trucks and more. Registration required via schuylkillcenter.org; space is limited. FREE

Restoring Jubilee Grove at the Schuylkill Center
Sat, April 23 / 10AM – 12PM
Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
8480 Hagy’s Mill Road (by the Visitor’s Center) (map)
Help revitalize a popular spot for school kids, with play space plus access to Cattail Pond, where they learn all about our local freshwater ecosystems. Volunteers are needed to weed out invasive plants to make room for more diverse native species. No experience necessary! We provide gloves, tools, training. Long pants & sturdy boots recommended. Registration isn’t necessary but appreciated. Held in conjunction with Naturepalooza, come lend a hand then join the fun!

Sustainable Pop-Up Market by Feminist Flea
Sat, April 23 / 12PM – 7PM
Cherry Street Pier, 121 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd (map)
Over 40 vendors focused on sustainability and ethical production. A collaboration with Feminist Flea and Grant Blvd, a West Philly-based fashion brand. The marketplace showcases and reimagines local fashion and art with plant-dyed fibers and textiles, handmade and repurposed items. Entry fee $5, proceeds support Urban Creators, a community collective nurturing resilience in North Philadelphia.

SUNDAY

“Grow Clean Water” Earth Day event
Sun, April 24 / 10AM-11:30AM
at the Viaduct, 500 N. 10th Street (map)
Lots of hands-on activities, like planting seedlings with Farmer Jawn to take home, creating art with Amber Art & Design, preparing a snack with a local chef, and exploring a vermicomposting worm bin. Part of Rodale Institute’s Grow Clean Water initiative, which aims to educate families about the important connection between healthy organic farms and clean water. (And, you know, all life as we know it.) Suggested donation $10/family

Earth Day Clothing Swap
Sun, April 24 / 12PM – 4PM
The Discovery Center, 341 Reservoir Drive (map)
One person’s style evolution can be another’s fashion find! Trading clothing and accessories is a free and environmentally-friendly way to freshen your look this spring. Bring up to 5 items, take home up to 5 items. To be eligible for the swap, clothing and accessories must be clean and in perfect condition with no holes, stains, tears, etc. Plus, up-cylcing workshops by Altogethernowpa.org. A part of Sustainable Fashion Week Philly 2022. FREE

Earth Day Stories
Sun, April 24 / 2PM – 3:30PM
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street (map)
Patchwork Storytelling Guild presents a special Earth Day storytime for all ages, that’s both entertaining and informative, with lots of room for discovery and discussion. Seating is limited, pay-as you-wish, masks are required but vaccination cards are not.

Canna Fest Alternative Health Expo
Sat & Sun April 30 & May 1 / 9am – 3pm
Greater Phila Expo Center at Oaks, 100 Station Avenue (map)
Hundreds of PA’s top Cannabis & Alt Health professionals delivering new & exciting products. Information, advocacy, entertainment, food, vendors, free parking, more. Cannabis is one of the most misunderstood — and magical — plants on the planet, with healing properties that include restoring nutrients into depleted soil, and filtering pollutants from our environment. Come celebrate with other kind folks at the Gr. Phila Expo Center in Oaks! Cannamedshow.com

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