Environmental Education - Earth Day Ideas

Events in Maine

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The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) Earth Day Work DayUnity, Maine - The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) will host an Earth Day Work Day with volunteers at MOFGA's Common Ground Education Center in Unity, Maine, on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day by helping us prepare our grounds for the upcoming growing season. All ages and experience levels are welcome. - http://www.mofga.org/Events/EarthDayWorkDay/tabid/2778/Default.aspx

Children's Museum & Theatre of MaineApril 22 - Portland, Maine - Join us for a day of earth-friendly activities! We’ll have seeds to plant, mud to play with, natural materials to create art with and more! Meet live animals with animal rehabilitator Josh Sparks (additional fee) and handle live caterpillars and moths with David Champlin, USM Biology professor. Throughout the day we’ll also have earthy story times, special face painting, and we’ll explore our collection of live honeybees, turtles, and tidepool creatures. In the afternoon, visitors can take home a seedling to plant, compliments of Hancock Lumber! (while supplies last). Free with admission. - https://www.portlandmaine.com/events/earth-day/

Earth Week - April 16-23Unity, Maine - Unity College will celebrate Earth Week with music, lectures, hands-on activities, games, and community activities that emphasize the nurturing, sustainability-oriented spirit of the founding of Unity College in 1965 and the original Earth Day in 1970. - https://www.unity.edu/student-life/student-activities/earth-week/

Earth Day Cleanup – April 21 - Scarborough, ME - Spring will be here before we know it and it will be time to clean up the marsh, beaches, Nature Center, and grounds for the new season. Join Maine Audubon, Friends of Scarborough Marsh, Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and the Scarborough community for a work day, and help make our corner of the earth a better place. Groups are welcome! - https://maineaudubon.coursestorm.com/course/earth-day-clean-up

Earth Day Roadside CleanupMDI & TrentonApril 28 - Join friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers for the 18th annual Earth Day Roadside Cleanup, to collect a winter’s worth of trash from roadsides on MDI and Trenton. Always the last Saturday in April, it’s a great day to take pride in your community, get outside, and celebrate spring, FOA-style! - https://friendsofacadia.org/events/earth-day-roadside-cleanup/

Best Dog on Earth Day – Rangeley, Maine – April 22 - Rangeley Health and Wellness and the Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring the Best Dog on Earth Day event, a celebration of dogs and Earth Day, on Sunday, April 22, 2018. The event will be a Fun Run/Walk with or without your dog. https://www.rangeleymaine.com/calendar/event/3473

Green ME Up Freeport, Maine – April 21 – Join us on the flagship campus as we celebrate Earth Day and highlight L.L. Bean’s commitment to the environment by filling the Bootmobile with biodiesel, courtesy of Maine Standard Biofuels. https://www.llbean.com/llb/shop/514369?page=llbean-bootmobile

Enjoy Acadia National Park - Acadia National Park – April 21 – Bar Harbor, Maine – The National Park Service announced that the public will be invited to experience all national parks without entrance fees April 21: First Day of National Park Week. https://www.nps.gov/acad/learn/news/free-admission-on-four-days-in-2018.htm

A Few Resources

Materials taken from sources as listed. Not associated with or endorsed by MDEP. Visit individual sites for more details and updates.

Earth Day 2018: End Plastic Pollution - https://www.earthday.org/yourjourney2018/

PC Globe Hydrosphere Learning Activity - Students will study and visit the Hydrosphere Study Site, conduct a visual survey to discover information about local land cover, water quality, and document their findings. They will use this initial investigation to raise questions about local land cover and/ or water chemistry issues that may require further investigation. - https://www.peacecorps.gov/educators/resources/pc-globe-hydrosphere-learning-activity/

Earth Day Videos


Topics Include:

  • Leaded Gas
  • Acid Rain
  • Bald Eagle
  • Air Pollution
  • Clean Air

Community Services Ideas

Service Learning – Learning By Doing: Students Take Greening to the Community - https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-04/documents/servicelearning.pdf

Environmental Information – What is Happening in Your Area Today

My Environment - Use MyEnvironment to explore a wide variety of information about environmental conditions and pollution levels where you live. - https://www3.epa.gov/myem/envmap/find.html

Air Now - Planning ahead for a day outside? AirNow gives you forecasts, maps, and data for the air quality where you live and learn about the Air Quality Index.  - https://airnow.gov/

Greener Living Ideas

How We Use Water - https://www.epa.gov/watersense/how-we-use-water

Water Sense for Kids - https://www.epa.gov/watersense/watersense-kids

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - https://www.epa.gov/recycle

Electronics Donation and Recycling - https://www.epa.gov/recycle/electronics-donation-and-recycling

Energy and the Environment - https://www.epa.gov/energy