Earth Day is the annual holiday for celebrating clean air, sustainable energy, recycling, and all things that humans can do to keep Mother Nature beautiful. In Pittsburgh, the day is celebrated with events that appreciate and respect nature. Not all Earth Day events fall on April 22, the official date of the holiday. In fact, Earth Day is celebrated throughout most of the event. Enjoy some are or all of the following Earth Day celebrations being held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. And, as always, the organizers of all of these events encourage you to walk or carpool to the events if possible.
Frick Park 2-Day Event (Saturday Apr 12, 6PM – 9PM / Sunday Apr 13, 11:30AM – 4PM)
This two day event is a celebration of the grandeur of Frick Park. Starting Saturday night, gather around a roaring bonfire to enjoy nature and companionship while eating picnic foods. The city of Pittsburgh is providing the fire and the sticks, but you will need to provide your own food. Bring a blanket, a few friends, and maybe even a little extra food in case you make new friends and enjoy an evening outdoor meal in early spring.
University of Pittsburgh Earth Day Extravaganza (Tuesday Apr 15, 11AM – 3PM)
The University of Pittsburgh is celebrating Earth Day by showcasing the efforts it has made towards sustainability on campus and educating people on how to increase sustainability. Planned events include discussions and seminars about how to recycle, gardening and composting practices, and the Bio Bag program which has reduced plastic bag use on campus. The event is open to the general public as well as students and the organizers hope to get everyone to care a little more about the environment.
Wild Earth Day at Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium (Friday Apr 25)
The Pittsburgh Zoo is celebrating the holiday by running a series of programs designed to educate children on about living green. The event costs $10 per student and is free to educators who sign up in advance for a field trip. All activities are covered by the initial cost and students can spend the day learning about nature while seeing the usual lions, tigers, elephants, and penguins that live in the zoo year round.
Earth Day Project at South Side Park (Saturday Apr 26, 9:30AM – 1PM)
Wake up early, pull on some clothing you don’t mind getting dirty, and slip into your best pair of work boots. South Side Park will put you to work this year. Volunteers will help clean the trails, remove weeds, and otherwise beautify the park. The park will provide coffee and snacks for weary workers, but recommends that you bring your own water bottle. Once the work is done, there will still be plenty of daylight remaining. Take a stroll around the newly improved park and enjoy what you worked so hard to clean up.