Make a Difference! Earth Day is April 22nd

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Each year, April 22nd marks Earth Day, the unofficial birth of the modern environmental movement. Begun in 1970, Earth Day gave a voice to an emerging consciousness, putting important environmental concerns on the front page.

The idea originated with then US Senator Gaylord Nelson as a way to infuse student energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution. And, on April 22,1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. By the end of that year, the first Earth Day had led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean AirClean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

Today, Earth Day is the largest secular observance in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year. And, it is still a day of action that changes human behavior and encourages policy changes.

Learn more about our Earth: Local Delaware Earth Day events

Brandywine Zoo Earth Day Celebration: Party for the Planet

Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Brandywine Zoo, Wilmington

What can you do to help save species? Learn about what you can do to make every day Earth Day during this special Party for the Planet. Be sure to also check out the Wilmington State Parks’ Nature-on-the-Go cart as well. Free.

Earth Day Hike at Cape Henlopen State Park

Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m., Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes

Celebrate Earth Day with a hike searching for early spring plants and animals. Discover how they get a head start on other organisms and how they adapt to life in the park. Dress for the weather. For ages 7 and older with a paying adult. Limit 20. Pre-registration recommended by calling 302.645.6852.

Storybook Saturday Kickoff at the DuPont Nature Center

Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m. to Noon, DuPont Nature Center, Milford

Join the kick-off of Storybook Saturdays with a special Earth Day storybook and activity on the importance of food webs, featuring “Octopus Escapes Again!” by Laurie Ellen Angus. This is a family-friendly activity is open to visitors of all ages. Walk-in visitors are welcome, but please RSVP at 302.422.1329 or . Free.

Sunset Kayak Trip at Lums Pond State Park

Saturday, April 22, 6 p.m., Lums Pond State Park, Bear

Paddle into the sunset on a guided tour. Experience the change from day to night on the water. Suitable for beginner paddlers. Instruction is provided. Pre-registration required by calling 302.368.6989. Meet at the Boathouse in Area 2. $20 per person.

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