Spring is in the air. The daffodils are already displaying their golden blooms, tulips are emerging and the trees are beginning to put forth new leaves and flowers. It is a time of renewal, rebirth and of new beginnings and with the month of April already upon us we can also look forward to the many Earth Day events planned around our community.
The first Earth Day was celebrated April 22nd 1970 and has now become something we celebrate every year to show our support for the environment. These events focus on teaching us how to care for and respect the world we live in and they range from simple tree plantings to large festivals.
If you are a visitor to the Salt Lake City, Utah area or a resident seeking to participate in some local events happening around town, then check out some of the 2014 Earth Day activities this month. The type of event does vary depending on the organization hosting them and you can certainly find something for everyone and every kind of budget.
On Saturday, April 19th take a scenic mountain drive up Little Cottonwood Canyon and check out the Earth Day Fair in Alta. This is an all day event which starts at 8:00 am and is free to the public. The goal is to “encourage environmental stewardship, responsible recreation and awareness of the relationship between climate change and the future of the ski industry in Little Cottonwood Canyon and beyond.” If you enjoy skiing and hiking in the mountains, then this is the one for you.
Phone: (801) 359-1078
If art is your thing, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) at the University of Utah has an ArtFul Afternoon event also on Saturday April 19th. This will take place from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and is promoted as “a free, fun and family-friendly festival”. You and your kids can “make recycled art, learn about the earth, and how to protect it, and see performances and art that champion a more sustainable planet.”
Phone: (801) 581-7332
On Tuesday April 22nd, the actual celebrated Earth Day, you can join Tree Utah for the Murray High School Tree Planting event. This takes place from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Murray Nature Center. Website: http://treeutah.org/
Phone: (801) 364-2122
The Salt Lake County Health Department is hosting an Earth Day Festival on April 22nd also in Murray from 10:00am to 3:00pm. This is free and available to all ages. It is promoted as an event “to explore sustainable programs and ideas.” and is sure to provide some educational information which we can all use.
Phone: (385) 468-3860
If you are looking for something mainly for the kids, check out the Earth Day Adventure at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi. It is on April 22nd and takes place from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in their Farm Country Classroom. This would be a perfect after school activity and is for Grades 1 to 6. There is a small fee of $15 per child with an additional $10 per child or sibling and include snacks and materials. The kids “will plant a tree, explore the fun outdoors and learn about this great planet.”
Phone: (801) 768-4971 or Toll Free (801)672-6060 Ext 4971
For you foodies out there, visit The Leonardo in downtown Salt Lake City for Fixing Our Food which is a panel discussion and food sampling event on April 22nd from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. This is hosted by Sustainable Startups and is promoted as a celebration where you can sample “locally grown, sustainably sourced products and dishes.” You can also “learn from a panel of local restaurants and non-profits about what it takes to start and run a successful business committed to providing delicious, sustainable food and why it matters.” Tickets are $10 and seating is limited so get them early.
The Earth Day events continue on the weekend with a Party for the Planet at the Hogel Zoo, where you can visit the 42 acres of “natural hillside terrain and meandering tree covered pathways” to see the animals from the polar bears, tigers and elephants and also “be a part of the 100 parties around the country celebrating the earth.” This takes place April 26th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Admission prices apply for entrance to the zoo.
Phone: (801) 584-1700
If you enjoy music, then you are in for a treat with two days of fun at the Earth Jam 2014 Music Festival at Liberty Park on April 26th & 27th from Noon to 9:00 pm. It is hailed as a free, family oriented event where you can even bring your dogs, on a leash of course. There will be two stages for live performances and speakers and even an Earth Goddess pageant.
Earth Day Festivities continue into the following month with the Live Green SLC Festival at the Library Plaza in downtown Salt Lake City. It will be held May 3rd from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm and you can expect to see many booths and exhibits demonstrating green products. This is a free event with lots of entertainment and there is sure to be something for everyone from a plant sale to live music & auctions and eco-carnival games. Be sure to enter the Super Green Online Contest for a chance to win some great prizes.