Earth Day Week

a picture of a picnic for the planet!

a picture of a picnic for the planet!

I know Earth Day isn’t actually until April 22, but there are a few events this week that fit, so we’re going to go ahead and do Earth Day this week. I have never really been into Earth Day, but this year feels different.

Monday-  Music Mondays: spend some time checking out the Earth Day songs and such over here http://www.songsforteaching.com/earthdaysongs/  .  Start your paper mache Earth by blowing up the balloons and covering with paper+glue mixture. Set to dry on  a paper cup.

Tuesday- Is your paper mache Earth dry yet? Paint it if it’s dry. You can also make handprint Earths while you’ve got the paint out. Make some art out of recycled junk.

Wednesday: Go for a nature walk. Be sure to bring your cameras.  Take lots of pictures. See if any of your pictures “tell the story of climate change”. If they do, upload them here http://www.earthday.org/2013/

Thursday- It’s Family Night at Homewood Public Library. Family Night: Build a Salad Garden

Date:
04/18/2013 – 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Sallie Lee, Urban Regional Extension Agent, will lead the whole family in constructing pallet gardens. We will sink our teeth into learning what veggies are the most delicious in the garden and which plants grow best in our region. Registration is required as space is limited. For more information or to register please call at 332-6619. All ages welcome.   It’s also Library Week, so if you need a $5 coupon for fines, you can find one here :http://www.homewoodpubliclibrary.org/node/4655  and pay off a bit while you’re at the library.

Speaking of salad gardens, you can enter a gardening contest here http://www.storey.com/freshpicks/archive/2013/04-april/april2013.html and get a free ebook Grow Super Salad Greens just for entering.

Friday- The Birmingham Zoo is celebrating Earth Day today from 9-1. Auntie Litter will be there as well as science shows, educational exhibits and wildlife shows and all the usual awesomeness that is the Birmingham Zoo. It’s also family movie night. I kind of remember Fern Gully being a little heavy handed, but I think we’ll watch it anyway. Mini pizzas, Tree Leaves (green salad) and Rainforest Salad (fruit salad) will fit the theme. The Lorax would also work.

Saturday- Family Fun Day! Go explore a corner of the Earth that’s new to you! I’d love to hear about your adventures!

Sunday- There’s another fun Earth Day event at Ruffner Mountain :

April 21, 1 – 5pm – Lorax Project Earth Day Fun, FREE

Join us for this family fun Earth Day celebration!  Dr. Seuss wrote about environmental concerns in his book “The Lorax,” published in 1971, with a conservation message that still rings true today.  We will kick off the celebration with a reading of “The Lorax” at 1:30.   Activities will include: recycled and nature inspired crafts, a guided 1/2 mile hike at 2:30, meeting and learning about native Alabama animals at 3:30, and learning some of the ways we can help out our planet.

On actual Earth Day, April 22, have a picnic for the planet! Register here : http://earthday.nature.org/picnic-with-us/?s_intc=ed_topnav

Finally, on April 27th the Birmingham Botanical Gardens will have their Earth Day with “fun-filled, family-focused activities”. I’ve never been to this one, personally, but the Botanical Gardens are always nice. Event runs from 9-5:30.

Have fun this week!

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