Earth Day is April 22! Take part in these activities in San Diego and celebrate 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.
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Ongoing Earth Day Events
The Flower Fields. Revel in the colorful wonders of nature in this floral paradise filled with nearly 50 acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers. Through May 12, 9 am-6 pm. $9-$18 admission. 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad. www.theflowerfields.com
SEA the Change. In this new exhibit, discover the issues our local wildlife face daily as you view nature-influenced art and encounter new animal ambassadors. Through Sept. 2, 10 am-5 pm. $11-$16; ages 2 & under free. The Living Coast Discovery Center, 1000 Gunpowder Point Dr., Chula Vista. www.thelivingcoast.org
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. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park. www.fleetscience.org.
FREE Junior Rangers at Silver Strand State Beach. Kids, ages 7-12, can participate in outdoor activities 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. Meet outside the lifeguard headquarters. 5000 Hwy. 75, Coronado. www.parks.ca.gov/silverstrand.
FREE Kid-Friendly Nature Hikes. Saturdays, Sundays & Wednesdays, 9:30-11 am. Visitor Center, Mission Trails Regional Park, One Father Junipero Serra Trail, San Carlos. www.mtrp.org.
FREE Nature Walks at Silver Strand State Beach. Spot 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. Meet outside the lifeguard headquarters. 5000 Hwy. 75, Coronado. www.parks.ca.gov/silverstrand.
FREE Junior Rangers at Tijuana Estuary. Learn about natural and cultural history, estuarine ecology, plants, wildlife and more. Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 pm. For ages 7-12. 301 Caspian Way, Imperial Beach. www.trnerr.org
So Watt! An Illuminating Look at Energy. Discover the most common ways electricity is produced, learn how solar panels work and find out the different ways you can conserve energy. Open daily; visit website for hours and admission. Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park. www.fleetscience.org.
Saturday, April 6
FREE Craft at Lakeshore Learning Store: Spring has Sprung! Flower Garden. For ages 3 & up. April 6, 11 am-3 pm. 7510 Hazard Center Dr., San Diego & 702 Center Dr., San Marcos. www.lakeshorelearning.com
Thursday, April 11
Nature & Me Story Time: Earth Day. April 11, 10:15 am. Free with museum admission. Recommended for ages 1-5. San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park. www.sdnat.org
Saturday, April 13
Art Alive. See The San Diego Museum of Art in full bloom during this annual exhibition with nearly 100 floral interpretations of works of art. Also, visit the Garden of Activities (April 13 & 14, noon-4 pm) that offers a museum-wide flower hunt, a floral-inspired art project for kids and families, and a children’s reading area. Balboa Park. For tickets, visit www.sdmart.org.
FREE Poway Valley Garden Club’s Flower Show & Plant Sale. See an impressive variety of plants and flowers, get gardening ideas, shop for lovely additions to your garden and more. April 13, 9 am-3 pm. Old Poway Park, 14134 Midland Rd., Poway. www.poway.org
Coronado Flower Show. A showcase of extraordinary blooms, plants and floral-related products for sale, live entertainment, educational exhibits, kids’ activities and more. April 13, 1-5 pm & April 14, 10 am-4 pm. $5; ages 12 & under free. Spreckels Park, 601 Orange Ave., Coronado. www.coronadoflowershow.com
FREE California State Parks Foundation’s Earth Day Celebration. On April 13, join volunteers in making a difference in various state parks across California including Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, South Carlsbad State Beach, Palomar Mountain State Park and more. For times and to register, visit www.calparks.org/help/earth-day
Nature Explorer Family Day. Join activities and crafts that celebrate the great outdoors and one of the most biodiverse regions in the country. April 14, 11 am-3 pm. Included with museum admission. San Diego Natural History Museum, Balboa Park. www.sdnat.org
Monday, April 15
FREE In the Park Series: Earth Day. Enjoy themed activities for the family. April 15, 10 am-noon. Poway Community Park, 13094 Civic Center Dr. www.poway.org
Saturday, April 20
Parent’s Nite Out at Elite Gymnastics Academy: Earth Day. Kids, ages 4 & up, have a great time with gymnastics, games and lots of play. April 20, 6-10 pm. $20. Register online. 1817 John Towers Ave., El Cajon. www.elitegymnastics.com
FREE Earth Day Festival. Connect with nature and go green with a plant and pottery sale, music, vendors and kids’ activities. April 27, 10 am-3 pm. Alta Vista Botanical Gardens, 1270 Vale Terrace Dr., Vista. www.altavistabotanicalgardens.org
Creek to Bay Cleanup. Celebrate cleaner beaches, parks, rivers and trails at this annual event that beautifies more than 100 sites in the county. April 27, 9 am-noon. Register at www.creektobay.org starting April 1st.
FREE Spring Garden & Butterfly Festival. Check out programs, exhibitors and demos that will help you become a better gardener and learn how to conserve our resources. Also, butterfly releases, story time with Ms. Metamorphosis and other kids’ activities. April 27, 9 am-3 pm. Cuyamaca College, 900 Rancho San Diego Pkwy., El Cajon. www.cuyamaca.edu/springfest
Sunday, April 28
FREE EarthFair. Come to the largest free annual environmental fair in the world that highlights more than 300 exhibitors, the Earth Day Parade, live entertainment, eARTh Gallery featuring works made of recycled materials, a children’s activity area, vehicles that run on alternative fuels and more. April 28, 10 am-5 pm. Balboa Park. www.earthdayweb.org
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 2019