Earth Week

2021 Events

Since 1970, Earth Day has occurred each year on April 22. This year, Seattle Parks and Recreation is excited to organize a week full of Earth Day activities. Please see below for a list of educational videos, and fun in-person activities for Earth Week.  

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Acknowlegement

With gratitude, we acknowledge that we live and work on lands which are the traditional home of the Puget Salish People including the Duwamish, the First People of Seattle. They valued, carefully watched over and stewarded these lands and waters for many generations, and are still here. 

We - here in the Pacific Northwest - honor the many Indigenous Peoples and their territories, everywhere.  

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Monday, April 19

Visit our Earth Week YouTube playlist and watch educational videos on how to recycle, native plants and their significance, fun earth day focused art projects and more.

Plan out your Earth Week - what parks will you visit, what is something new you would like to learn and how do you want to help the earth this year?

Tuesday, April 20th 

Noble Fir Seedling Give-Away

Staring Tuesday, April 20, participating community centers are giving Noble Fir Seedlings to all interested, courtesy of Rosso Gardens. Seedlings are available April 20 through April 24 while supplies last.  The community centers participating are: 

  • South Park
  • Rainier Beach
  • Garfield
  • Meadowbrook
  • Northgate
  • Bitter Lake

Each center will have approximately 25 seedlings. First come first serve. Enjoy watching them grow!

Also: Get outside! Visit your neighborhood park, work in your garden, go for a walk or eat lunch outside. Earth Week Tuesday is about enjoying nature; can you hear two different bird calls while you're outside, or follow an ant for a minute and see where they go?

a blonde haired woman and young woman in traditional dress learning how to use binoculars

Wednesday, April 21st  

THIS EVENT MOVED TO THURSDAY (see below): Our Rec'N the Streets program will be handing out Do it at Home Earth Day kits. Kits will include how-to instructions and all of the materials needed for art activities and seed planting. Kits will also have 2 free tickets to visit the Seattle Aquarium or the Woodland Park Zoo. You can pick up kits at any of the locations Rec'N the Streets has programming during the week of April 21 - 25.  See their Facebook page for specific locations on each day.

Story Walk: Reading and the outdoors go together like kids and playgrounds! The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Parks and Recreation are collaborating to bring you StoryWalk® in the Parks from Wednesday, April 21 through Saturday, April 24.  You can find StoryWalks at: Herring's House Park (Tualtwx), offered in partnership with the Duwamish Longhouse; Genesee Park (Upper Field parking lot); Magnuson Park (Magnuson Frog Pond Park and Ride, lot E-5); and Northacres Park. 

Find all the details at www.spl.org/StoryWalk. Post your StoryWalk® photo on social media with the hashtag #storywalkseattle

Nature Walk: 10:00am - 11:30pm Senior (50+) Nature Walk at Jose Rizal Park with Parks Environmental Education staff.

two young men, one with binonculars, looking and pointing to something far off in the trees

Thursday, April 22nd 

Our Rec'N the Streets program will be handing out Do it at Home Earth Day kits. Kits will include how-to instructions and all of the materials needed for art activities and seed planting. Kits will also have 2 free tickets to visit the Seattle Aquarium or the Woodland Park Zoo. You can pick up kits at any of the locations Rec'N the Streets has programming during the week of April 21 - 25.  See their Facebook page for specific locations on each day.

Nature Walk: 11:00am - 1:30pm All Ages Self-Guided Nature Walk at Meadowbrook Pond.

Also: See Wednesday's Rec'N the Streets and Story Walk info, which continue today.

Friday, April 23rd

Join Seattle Parks and Recreation Environmental Education Staff and Volunteers from 1-5pm for a Clean-up Our Parks event. 

Come with your family or a friend, bring your own bags and gloves or get them from one of our volunteers in the Parks shown below. We can't wait to see you there and thanks for helping us keep our amazing city parks clean for Earth Day, and every day!

If these parks are not in your neighborhood, you can still help us and participate.  Send us a picture of cleaning up your local park or neighborhood to: Kyle.Morrison@seattle.gov and it might be posted on our webpage.

Nature Walk: 10am - 11:30am. For Seniors at Union Bay Natural Area.

See Wednesday's Rec'N the Streets and Story Walk info, which continue today.

several young children kneeling near a wooden fence in a field, looking at insects along the bottom

Saturday, April 24th

Nature Walk: 10:00am - 11:30am All Ages Nature Walk at Carkeek Park with Parks Environmental Education staff.

See Wednesday's Rec'N the Streets and Story Walk info, which continue today.

Sunday, April 25th 

Our Rec'N the Streets program will be handing out Do it at Home Earth Day kits. Kits will include how-to instructions and all of the materials needed for art activities and seed planting. Kits will also have 2 free tickets to visit the Seattle Aquarium or the Woodland Park Zoo. You can pick up kits at any of the locations Rec'N the Streets has programming during the week of April 21 - 25.  See their Facebook page for specific locations on each day.

bald eagle with white head and brown body sitting on tree branches against a blue sky

Other 2021 Earth Week Events

Seattle Parks and Recreation is also working in conjunction with a broad network of environmental and outdoor groups from around Seattle and Puget Sound during Earth Week.  Check out the links below to learn more about what's happening for Earth Day 2021 in other areas.


Other Resources

  • EARTHDAY.ORG, the official Earth Day organization, is holding a 3-day summit with thousands of participating groups, from April 20-22, 2021. 
  • Biden Administration Executive Actions to tackle the climate crisis at home and abroad