Earth Day is April 22! Take part in these activities and celebrate it all month long!
Celebrate Earth Day in San Diego and honor Mother Nature with these “green” activities that encourage families to show appreciation for the planet.
Things change. That’s why we’ve included phone numbers and websites when available. Please call to confirm dates, times and admission prices. Tell them you heard about their event from Family Magazine!
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The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. Usher in the wonders of spring as you view 50 acres of giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers plus vibrant roses, orchids, sweet pea blossoms, petunias and other blossoms. Also enjoy a variety of weekend events like arts and crafts shows, Kids’ Day (April 2), live music and more. Through May 14, 9 am-6 pm. $7-$14; under 2 free. 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad. www.theflowerfields.com.
Nature Walks at Silver Strand State Beach. In these one-hour walking tours, look for animals and plants in various habitats of the state beach. Sundays, 1:30-2:30 pm. Activity is free; there is a fee to drive into or park inside the state beach. All ages welcome; kids must be accompanied by an adult. Meet outside the lifeguard headquarters. 5000 Hwy. 75, Coronado. www.parks.ca.gov/silverstrand.
Water Exhibit at the Fleet Science Center with the theme, "Water Supply Reliability for the 21st Century: Innovation and Conservation." This exhibit by the San Diego County Water Authority and the City of San Diego features the region's critical and complex water resources. Explore the water cycle as well as the steps in securing reliable water supplies. Also, learn the importance of WaterSmart landscaping, water recycling and reuse, and reducing storm water pollution. Open daily; visit website for hours and admission. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park. www.fleetscience.org.
Junior Rangers at Silver Strand State Beach. Kids, ages 7-12, can participate in outdoor activities that may include walks, presentations, games, art and more, and earn the California State Parks Junior Ranger badge. Saturdays, 3:30-4:30 pm. Activity is free; there is a fee to drive into or park inside the state beach. Parents or guardians must fill out a sign-up form and remain in the park during the activity. Meet outside the lifeguard headquarters. 5000 Hwy. 75, Coronado. www.parks.ca.gov/silverstrand.
Back to Nature. Escape the hustle and bustle of the city in this new exhibit that lets you reconnect with your wild roots. See new critters, from parrots and frogs to iguanas and falcons, explore the history of Sweetwater Marsh and visit the new Native Pollinator Garden. Through Sept. 4, 10 am-5 pm. $11-$16; ages 2 & under free. The Living Coast Discovery Center, 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr., Chula Vista. www.thelivingcoast.org.
Kid-Friendly Nature Hikes. Saturdays, Sundays & Wednesdays, 9:30-11 am. Free. Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos. www.mtrp.org; 619-668-3281.
San Diego’s Water: From Source to Tap. Explore the sources of San Diego’s water and the methods of delivering and processing it. This exhibit also focuses on water conservation and preservation. Open daily; visit website for hours and admission. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park. www.rhfleet.org.
Recycled Art. View two new exhibits, Reuse Recreate Reimagine and Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art, that feature repurposed creations by artists from around the world. April 8 until May 28. Thurs.-Sat., 10 am-5 pm; Sun., 1-5 pm. $5-$8. Museum at California Center for the Arts, Escondido, 340 N. Escondido Blvd. www.artcenter.org.
Junior Rangers at Tijuana Estuary. Explore natural and cultural history, estuarine ecology, plants, wildlife and more. Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 pm. Free. For ages 7-12. 301 Caspian Way, Imperial Beach. www.trnerr.org.
So Watt! An Illuminating Look at Energy. Uncover the most common ways electricity is produced as well as alternative sources of energy, and find out ways on how you can conserve energy in this exhibit. Open daily; visit website for hours and admission. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park. www.rhfleet.org.
Garden Arts & Crafts. Wednesdays, 10-11:30 am. Free with admission. $8-$14. For ages 1-6. San Diego Botanic Garden, 230 Quail Gardens Dr., Encinitas. www.sdbgarden.org.
Wrap Yourself in Nature! Enjoy a morning walk amid lake and river landscapes as an MTRP trail guide reveals amazing facts about plants and animal life in San Diego. April 8 & 22, 8:30-10 am. Free. Meet by the flag poles at the Kumeyaay Campground Entry Station. Mission Trails Regional Park, Two Father Junipero Serra Trail, Santee. www.mtrp.org.
Coronado Flower Show. This year’s theme: “Our Family Tree… Out on a Limb.” Plus horticulture shopping, live music, food and refreshments. April 8, 1-4 pm & April 9, 10 am-4 pm. $5; ages 12 & under free. Spreckels Park, 601 Orange Ave. www.coronadoflowershow.com.
SEA Days: Earth Day. Featuring local researchers, nonprofits and hands-on activities that celebrate conservation above and below the waves. 11 am-3 pm. Free with admission. Birch Aquarium at Scripps, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. www.aquarium.ucsd.edu.
Earth Day Festival at Alta Vista Botanical Gardens. Connect with nature and go green at this event with outdoor play for the kiddos, a plant and pottery sale, vendors and more. Activities for children include planting, recycled art, hands-on worms, games and crafts, a visit to the Children’s Garden. 10 am-3 pm. Free admission. 1270 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista. www.altavistabotanicalgardens.org.
“Whispers of the Forest” at Balboa Park’s Puppet Theater. Gamoola the Great Tree is in danger of the wood cutter’s ax. Will his animal friends be able to save him? April 19-23 & 26-30, 11 am, 1 & 2:30 pm. $5; under 2 free. www.balboaparkpuppets.com.
Scholarshare’s Toddler Time: In the Garden. Music, movement and social play for little ones. 10-11 am. Free with admission. The New Children’s Museum, 200 West Island Ave., downtown San Diego. www.thinkplaycreate.org.
Family Day at theNAT: Trash to Treasure. Celebrate Earth Day and help keep our planet clean by turning recyclable trash into treasure. 11 am-3 pm. Free with admission. San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park. www.sdnat.org.
Creek to Bay Cleanup. Celebrate clean beaches, parks, rivers and trails at this annual event that beautifies more than 100 sites in the county. 9 am-noon. Free. Register at www.creektobay.org starting April 1st.
Wrap Yourself in Nature! See April 8.
EarthFair. Featuring more than 300 exhibitors, the Children’s Earth Day Parade (10:30 am), the eARTh Gallery arts and crafts show, Dr. Wilderness Family Magic Show (at the Lily Pond at 11:30 am, 1:30 & 3:30 pm), the Cleaner Car Concourse, food, kids’ activities and entertainment. 10 am-5 pm. Balboa Park. www.earthdayweb.org/EarthFair.html.
Family Discovery Walk. This guided, interactive outing focuses on fun, childhood enrichment and memorable moments in nature. 3-4:30 pm. Free. Meet inside the Visitor Center. Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos. www.mtrp.org.
“Whispers of the Forest” at Balboa Park’s Puppet Theater. See April 13.
Art Alive. See the San Diego Museum of Art in full bloom courtesy of this annual floral exhibition with more than 100 floral interpretations of famous works of art. April 28-30, 9 am-5 pm. Don’t miss Garden of Activities that offers a flower hunt, a reading area and floral-themed art projects for kids and families on April 29 & 30, noon-4 pm. $5-$25; ages 6 & under free. Balboa Park. www.sdmart.org/art-alive-2017.
Spring Garden Festival. This annual celebration of spring offers programs, demos and exhibitors that you become a better gardener, and learn how to conserve our resources. Kids’ activities included. 9 am-3 pm. Cuyamaca College, 900 Rancho San Diego Pkwy., El Cajon. www.cuyamaca.edu/springfest.
Poway Valley Garden Club’s Flower Show & Plant Sale. This year’s theme: “Out of This World.” See a display of beautiful blooms, get gardening ideas and more. 9 am-3 pm. Free admission. Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Rd. www.poway.org.
SanTree Day & Shredding Event. Tree planting, free paper/document shredding, tree giveaway and more. 9-11 am. Free admission. Pride Academy Elementary School, 9303 Prospect Ave., Santee. www.cityofsanteeca.gov.
Things change. That’s why we’ve included phone numbers and websites when available. Since most activities require advance reservations or have limited space, don’t forget to call first to confirm dates, times and admission prices.
>> Find more great activities all month long in San Diego's Best Day-to-Day Calendar.
Updated: March 2017