With Earth Day on April 22, we hope you’ve been brainstorming how to give your home planet some extra love. Your environmental efforts don’t have to be put on pause when you’re traveling. In fact, Oregon’s Washington County may inspire new ways to bring green into your everyday. See below for a checklist of eco-activities to complete during your upcoming visit.
Earth inspires art and art inspires us to be better to our earth. Example, Art on Broadway’s series “Floating Worlds” by Thomas Eldridge (exhibit runs through May 3). A born-and-bred Oregonian, Eldridge’s paintings are abstract realism that feels simultaneously ethereal and earthy. With works like “Jousting Peacocks” and “Spawning Salmon” it’s easy to see how Eldridge’s dreamlike paintings resonate a deep connection to our terrestrial world.
The Tualatin Valley is home to a magnificent ecological history of volcanic proportions! To see what we mean, visit the Washington County Museum’s exhibit, Rocks and Minerals of the Pacific NW (April 21-April 26). Prepare for a sustainable future by learning about the amazingness of the Earth’s past via thunder eggs, petrified wood, quartz, agate, jasper, metallic ores, and gems.
Updating your spring wardrobe doesn’t have to bring a pang of guilt, especially when the clothes are second-hand ones. The semi-annual event for women Size 14-32, Curvy Chic Closet, is a hotspot for re-purposed and gently used plus size clothing and accessories (April 24-April 27, free to public).
Drinking red can be oh-so green with a jaunt along the Sustainable Wine Trail. Going beyond mere organic practices, Cooper Mountain Vineyards employs biodynamic farming. This approach means that high-quality wine is produced through the utmost respects of the vineyard’s unique ecosystem, from the lunar cycle to the chickens that peck bugs off the vine.
You’ll be wiped after checking all these eco-activities off of your to-do list. Get a good night’s sleep at L.L. Stub Stewart State Park. The campground includes charming cabins that allow you to wake up next to some of the area’s best hiking trails—can’t get much closer to nature than that!
P.S. For even for eco-friendly goodness, check out Earth Mama Musings.