Get Outside, Houston Enjoy Earth Day


200treesBy Jennifer Elliott –

Mother Nature blesses Houston with wonderful weather in April.  So, there is no better time to get outdoors and celebrate Earth Day. Houstonians have several activities to choose from this year.

Waste Management Earth Day Houston presented by Air Alliance Houston is scheduled for Sunday, April 14th from 11 am to 5 pm at Discovery Green. Features include environmental education zones on Air, Land, Water, Sustainability, Healthy Living and Wildlife and Habitat. New this year, the event will also be showcasing local brews in the Earth Day Beer Garden.

“This event has grown every year and is really the educational, community oriented Earth Day celebration that the people of Houston deserve,” said Air Alliance Houston President Bob Levy. “And, the best part is that everyone in the family can have fun while learning about our environment.”

Urban Harvest Local Fare will be open in support of locally-grown and sustainable products featuring Bee Hives and Water Cisterns, Bonsais and other flowers and Organic Doggie Treats. Join in the fun with Green Painter and help “paint by number” on larger than life canvasses depicting scenes of our hope for a sustainable earth. Kids will enjoy the Health Corps Stage providing family focused entertainment. For more information, visit www.earthdayhouston.org.

Children’s Museum of Houston Earth Day Extravaganza happens on Saturday, April 20th. Kids can take home seedlings to plant in their own backyards, as well as make a birdfeeder using recycled water bottles. As part of the Museum’s ongoing EcoStation exhibit, children can visit Re-Usea-Palooza. They will learn that one way to reduce the amount of material that ends up in our landfills is to re-use old items for a new purpose. They can sort through a variety of recycled materials and re-use them to create something new, like a magazine holder or flower pot.

At the Junktion exhibit, kids can create a Texas-shaped guide of area wildlife, make a recycle pinwheel to remind everyone of the importance of recycling, or make a 3-D Earth souvenir. For more information, visit www.cmhouston.org.

If you are more inclined to stay close to home, your own backyard offers the perfect place to celebrate nature. Kimberly Bird, Vice President Retail Marketing at Cornelius Nursery, has a couple of suggestions.

Plant Some Groundcover. Groundcovers are great for problem areas of the landscape where grass doesn’t grow well. There’s also an earth friendly benefit to groundcovers because they require less water and less maintenance. Cornelius offers a clinic on groundcovers on April 20th. Visit www.calloways.com/event/using-groundcovers-landscape.

Garden Fun for Children. Teach kids about reusing things and growing things by creating some tin can planters. Save a can from the garbage and clean it up. Decorate the can and put a hole in the bottom. Plant seeds, take care of them and watch them grow. Gardening is one of the most eco-friendly activities you’ll ever engage in.

“Earth Day celebrates the planet and all the wonderful natural resources we enjoy as passengers here. For me, one of the most significant actions a parent can take with their child on Earth Day is to step outside and take in some of the natural wonder all around us. Slow down long enough to be present with your child in observing the earth and what it provides. If we teach our children to value the earth, they’ll have a deeper sense of why caring for it is so important,” commented Bird.