Mark your calendar for Earth Day weekend, April 20-21. Several Earth Day activities and events are scheduled throughout, and you’re invited. Choose to get involved during Earth Day weekend (Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21) with activities as diverse as an organized run near wetlands, planting trees, or buying native plants.
Earth Day Outdoor Volunteer Opportunities
Earth Day weekend offers many volunteer events, and clean-up projects are scheduled throughout Oregon’s Washington County. These are perfect for visitors who are interested in volunteer tourism opportunities, or for team-building, group outings.
The group Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism (SOLV) is marking Earth Day with volunteer events throughout the state on Saturday, April 20, including several cleanup, beautification and enhancement projects in Washington County. Offerings include (pre-registration is required):
- Rock Creek Trail Extension Tree Planting, April 20, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Hillsboro)
- Jackson Woods Preservation, April 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Hillsboro)
- Ivy Pull at Fanno Creek, April 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Tigard)
- Tualatin Community Park Earth Day, April 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Tualatin)
SOLVE IT/Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District is hosting Earth Day clean-up projects are parks in the Beaverton area (pre-registration is required; details about these events can be found here):
- Earth Day at Autumn Ridge Park, April 20, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
- Earth Day at Greenway Park, April 20, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Mulch Native Plants at Kennedy Park, April 21, 1:30-4 p.m.
Additional Earth Day Events
NEW: Earth Day Nature Hunt (Tigard/Durham): Enjoy a self-led nature hunt through Durham Park, meet naturalists along the way and learn more about nature (April 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Maps available at Whole Foods (7380 SW Bridgeport Road, Tualatin), and return your completed map to the store for a free sandwich, face painting, planting activity and more.
Nature Days in the Parks (Beaverton): Discover what birds and other urban wildlife species are attracted to in the recently restored areas of Evelyn Schiffler Park.
Earth Day Run 2013 (Tigard): Mark Earth Day with a 5K! On Saturday, April 20, choose from a 5K, 5-mile walk/run or a kids 1K “recycle run” (for ages 3-12) in the area around scenic Cook Park in Tigard. The finish line party at the park includes live music, veggie burgers, organic beer and information booths regarding wellness and sustainable living. The event’s motto is “Let’s All Save the Earth.”
Earth Day Native Plant Sale (Sherwood): The Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge is holding a native plant sale April 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Native plants such as wood violets, checkermallow, wild ginger, and more, will be available for purchase. Experts and presenters also will be on-hand.
More Nature Events
Cooper Mountain Nature Park has a couple of fun nature-related activities planned for late April:
- Spring Walks on Cooper Mountain (April 27, 8:30-11:30 a.m.)
- Looking for Lazulis and Lillies (April 28, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
Cost is $10 per person, and pre-registration and payment is required in advance (call 503-629-6350 to reserve a spot)