There are many ways to participate in Earth Day. Here are just a few of the events taking place across the country this week. Check the websites or watch local news stations to see how some of these outdoor events will hold out in the East this weekend, as there is the potential for heavy rains from Florida to Maine out to Kentucky and Tennessee.
In Birmingham, Ala., the country's largest Earth Day parade begins at 9 a.m. on April 19 in Kelly Ingram Park. Environmental entertainment, exhibits, activities and a picnic will all be held along with the parade.
In Dallas on April 21-22 at Fair Park, Earth Day Dallas will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Special guests include Laura Bush, Dr. Michio Kaku and Amos Lee. The will also be a Picnic for the Planet, an exhibit from the Army Corps of Engineers, a 5k run and other great activities.
In Denver, the Sustainable Campus Program will be hosting the 2012 Auraria Campus Sustainability Fair on April 23 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The fair will include live entertainment, locally provided food, prizes and educational programs about food sustainably.
In Greenbelt, Md.,NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is hosting two free events on April 18. At noon, Rob Simmon of NASA's Earth Observatory will give a presentation on the technology behind how NASA views Earth. At 1 p.m. a presentation called "Beautiful Earth Multimedia Performance and Science Dialogue" will be shown in the auditorium.
Flickr user 350.org took this picture of an Earth Day flag hanging in Richelieu, Canada.
In Keauhou, Hawaii, the Earth & Ocean Festival will take place at the Keauhou Beach Resort Luau Grounds. There will be live entertainment, games, learning activities and cultural demonstrations.
In Narragansett, R.I., EPA's Atlantic Ecology Division is hosting an Earth Day Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 21 at the US EPA's Atlantic Ecology Division on Tarzwell Drive. There will be informal workshops to educate about environmental issues and ways people can live more sustainably, as well as displays and exhibits from a number of environmental agencies. There will also be craft stations, a marine life touch tank and other activities for the kids.
In New Orleans on April 22 the Earth Day Festival and Green Business Expo will be held at Bayou St. John from 9 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. The festival will include hands-on informational demonstrations. Local foods, martial arts and outdoor activity information are just some of the interactive activities that people can take part in.
In New York there are many different activities planned throughout the week. Earth Day Times Square is April 20. Earth Day Grand Central Indoors is April 19 through April 21. Earth Day Grand Central Outdoors on Vanderbilt Avenue is April 20 to April 21.
In Orlando, Fla., the kCentral Florida Earth Day Celebration will take place on the east side of Lake Eola Park at 10 a.m. on April 21. This is the largest Earth Day event in central Florida.
In Philadelphia the 31st annual 5k run and 3k walk for Clean Air will take place on April 21. The event starts at 9 a.m. from the Philadelphia Art Museum.
In Pittsburgh ZeroLandfill Pittsburgh will be hosting events from April 20-22 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Guardian Storage. Artists, educators and anyone else who could use the materials are invited to receive free supplies and samples of materials that would otherwise be thrown away. Fabric, carpeting, ceramic tiles and more will be available.
In Portland, Ore., a unique regional conference, "For the Next Seven Generations," will be held at Portland Community College's Sylvania campus on April 20 and 21. Native elders, artists and environmental activists will dialogue with youth and answer the question, "What gives us the hope/heart to continue working on what is best for the Earth in the face of difficult changes?" To register, go to www.earthandspirit.org
In Raliegh, N.C., starting a 5 p.m. on April 20 is the 24-hour grand opening of the NC Museum of Natural Science's Nature Research Center. There will be a number of activities scheduled, and visitors will get a first look at this newest addition to the museum.
In San Fransisco, home of the very first Earth Day event, a free celebration will take place on April 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Civic Center Plaza. Live music, presentations, art and workshops are all part of the schedule.
In Seattle Duwamish Alive! is hosting a river-cleaning event on April 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit their site to sign up for a location to volunteer for.
In Washington, D.C., an Earth Day Party for the Planet will take place at the National Zoo on April 22 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The free event will celebrate Earth Day with crafts, animal demonstrations, educational presentations and more.