Teaching our children how to respect nature and care for the environment can be challenging; however, throughout New Jersey there are amazing places to help make this task easier. From nature centers to gardens, these spaces empower children. Through camps, classes and independent strolls, we are constantly learning how to take care of the flora and fauna in our backyard.
Earth Day was launched in the 1970’s to celebrate and honor a national movement to care for the environment. In New Jersey, there are many locations that host an Earth Day celebration. From nature walks to workshops to canoeing, this event encourages families to enjoy the outdoors and gain an increased consciousness for our planet.
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Brain Boosting Earth Day Events in New Jersey
Earth Day in the Rainforest
Head to the Children’s Museum of New Jersey on April 22 to help celebrate Earth Day with engaging activities. From 10 am – 3 pm, children ages 3-9 will learn about the rainforest through hands on activities that increase their understanding of the ecosystem.
27th Annual Earth Day Festival
On April 23 from 10 am – 4 pm (rain or shine), the 27th Annual Earth Day Festival takes place hosted by Atlantic County Utilities Authority in Egg Harbor. With a 5K Colors of the Earth Fun Run kicking off the day at 8:30am, there will be mini yoga sessions, hayride tours, free seedlings, and more!
Party for the Planet
The Party for the Planet is an annual celebration at The Bergen County Zoo! This FREE event runs from 10am until 4pm on April 23. As children arrive they will receive a passport, then they can receive a stamp at each station where they learn about taking care of the environment. In between stations, they can visit the inhabitants of the zoo like the capybara or the bobcats.
Earth Day Celebration at the Zoo
On April 22, the Cape May County Zoo celebrates Earth Day kicking off with a 5K Mile Run (or 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk) at 8:30am. Following at 10am, there will be plenty of family friendly activities to keep you busy at this FREE zoo. From children inflatables to hayrides to magic and juggling, there is so much for everyone to enjoy. It will also include information on how to care for nature.
On April 22 from 11 am – 5 pm at the Huber Woods Environmental Center families can see snakes and reptiles at the FREE event. In addition to the hands on activities, there will also be fresh pond animals on display.
Earth Day Celebration
Earth Day will be celebrated at Centenary University in Hackettstown, on April 22 from 10am – 3pm inviting the community to for crafts, music, and bounce houses. As well, there will be educational talks and nature walks to observe birds.
Grand Opening of the Stone House
On April 22, from 11am – 3pm, Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary in Short Hills will host the Grand Opening of the Stone House that will also celebrate Earth Day! There will be special guests, guided tours, and a special project. It is $10 per person.
Earth Day Celebration
On April 29, from 11am – 4pm, the Essex County Environmental Center in Roseland will host its Earth Day Celebration. This FREE event, has lots of wonderful activities for families. You can take a canoe down the river, the kids can have their face painted, climb a rock wall, meet animals from the Turtle Back Zoo, or just enjoy learning about bees!
Earth Day Hike
Enjoy a hike in Flat Rock Brook in Englewood on April 23 from 2-3 pm to celebrate Earth Day. This is designed for families with children ages five and older. It costs $5 for members and prior registration is required.
On April 30, Heaven Hill Farm in Vernon hosts Earthfest from 11am to 4pm! There will be several programs such as The Delaware Raptor Center presenting on “Birds of Prey,” Rizzo’s Reptile Discovery, Wallaby Tales and apresentation on bees. Children can participate in sand art, face painting, and panning for gemstones. While admission is FREE, fees may apply for activities.
Celebrate the Earth
At Van Vleck Gardens in Montclair, families can stop by between 10 am – 1 pm on April 22 to explore the outdoors and Celebrate the Earth! An environmental educator will be there to teach children what impacts the environment. There will be a simple craft as well as a self-guided activity to encourage children to enjoy nature.
Earth Day Extravaganza
The Earth Day Extravaganza will take place in Hopewell Community Park in Hopewell Township on April 22 from 9am to noon. A picnic will follow the festivities.
17th Annual Earth Day Celebration
Help celebrate the 17th Annual Earth Day Celebration at Hunterdon County of Parks and Recreation on April 22 from 10:30am to 4pm. There will be a carnival theme made of repurposed items as well as a Pond Paddle on the Echo Hill Pond with the Hunterdon County Canoe Club. Free tickets are required for a time slot and are available that day on a first come/first served basis. The day’s activities conclude at 3:00pm with a presentation by Rizzo’s Reptiles.
HCIA Earth Day
Celebrate Earth Day at Liberty State Park with Field Station Dinosaurs on April 22 from 1:30-3:30 pm.
Earth Day Program
Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area in Morristown will celebrate Earth Day on April 22 from 1 – 2pm with a special talk where children can learn about what is impacting our environment. As attendees learn how to help, they will be inside and outdoors. At $2 per person, pre-registration is required.
FREE Earth Day Exploration and Family Woodland Hike
On April 22, you can visit the NJ Botanical Gardens in Ringwood for FREE! Enjoy the natural beauty through a nature stroll at this historic location. On April 23 at 1pm, your family can participate in a Family Woodland Hike starting from the carriage house.
On April 23, Daffodil Day at Reeves Reed Arboretum in Summit celebrates Earth Day from 11am to 4pm. Amongst thousand of daffodils, children will enjoy live performances by Shinbone Alley Stilt Band as well as the Green Goats Petting Zoo. There will be green themed games and crafts as well as an outdoor market. The event is free for members and children under three otherwise it is $10 per person or $25 per family.
Frogs: Hop To It for Earth Day
For a special celebration, Tenafly Nature Center will host Frogs: Hop To It For Earth Day on April 22 from 2pm-4pm. This workshop is intended for children ages 5 and older with an accompanied adult. Make sure to dress for the weather as it takes place rain or shine. Children will learn about the ecosystem from the perspective from several wild frogs and a salamander! Cost for members is $4 and for non-members it is $8. You can register on the website.
Let’s Celebrate the Earth
It’s BYOB (Bring Your Own Binoculars) to Rancocas Nature Center will be hosting a Let’s Celebrate the Earth event on April 30 from 12 -4 pm. There will be two hikes as well as recycling relay race, a composting game, and children coloring activities. Make sure to wear comfortable clothing appropriate for hiking. This is a FREE event however donations are appreciated.
Party for the Planet
The Turtle Back Zoo will be celebrating Earth Day with their Party for the Planet! On April 22 from 11 am- 2 pm, families can listen to talks about animals, make art with the Montclair Art Museum Art Truck, and swing over to the Children’s Music Festival. From local favorite Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym to YouTube star Miss Nina, children can dance the afternoon away!
Wild Earth Fest
On April 30, Wild Earth Fest takes place at Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside! While it costs $4 a person, children 6 and under are free. There will be live animal demonstrations, family activities, and eco-art to name a few details. Admission also includes Touch a Truck event.
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