Many families have formed their own Earth Day traditions: perhaps they plant a new tree or shrub, take a walk through the woods, go fishing on Lake Mead, hike a mountain trail or the Pittman Wash, turn off the lights and electronic entertainment for the evening, take a short camping trip or go on a “scavenger hunt” for trash to clean up their neighborhoods. Others prefer crafts such as origami (recounting the tale of Sadako and the thousand paper cranes), tie-dying an old t-shirt to make it new, reducing, reusing and recycling. This is also the perfect time to clean out closets and donate items to local thrift stores to help those in need.
Whatever your endeavor, saving our little piece of Earth is a major part of the plan.
There are several Earth Day events happening in the Valley, too, during the weekend before April 22. All celebrate our planet, our health and forming new good habits.
Saturday – April 20, 2013 • 11:00am – 6:00pm
UNLV Campus • FREE Admission & Parking
<from the website> Announcing the fourth annual GREENFest and 17th annual Festival of Communities together for the first time to honor Earth Day and celebrate the rich cultural diversity of UNLV.
In the heart of UNLV’s campus, GREENFest unites with Festival of Communities to celebrate culture, sustainability and our community. Featuring environmental topics and exhibits, recycling collection, culture, diversity, innovation and resources to create a more enjoyable and sustainable lifestyle. Along with the exciting festivities, GREENFest will showcase UNLV’s very own Solar Decathlon project and the Record Breakers largest cardboard house exhibit.
At the Festival of Communities, students and local communities will be highlighting the rich cultural diversity of the Las Vegas Valley, with more than 130 booths and featuring a variety of kid-friendly activities. Showcasing undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Symposium where individuals can learn about the research and creative activities undergraduate students engage in at UNLV.
6605 Las Vegas Blvd (map)
Fri, April 19: 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Description <from the website>
Living EcoSmart is producing a three day Earth Day event at Town Square on April 19 – 21st. The event is titled “sus•tain•a•ble, a three day guide to living green in Las Vegas.
Friday’s activities will center around how to reduce your environmental footprint and feature the fresh 52 Farmers & Artisan Market, master gardeners, Las Vegas Roots, chef demonstrations and more.
Some participants include:
- Whole Foods
- Fresh 52 Farmers Market
- Findlay Chevrolet
- UNR Master Gardners Program
- Springs Preserve
- Soles for Souls
- Salvation Army
- City of Las Vegas Parks and Recreation
- Clean Energy Project
- UNLV Solar Decathalon
Mandalay Bay’s Party for the Planet
Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay
Sunday, April 21
10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.
<from the website> Party for the Planet is a free annual Earth Day event hosted in connection with Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA).
The event is free to the public and discounted aquarium admissions are available for completing the ECO-scavenger hunt. Details will be available at the Shark Reef booth on the day of the event.