Earth Day Celebrations Range From Family Fun to Beach & Park Clean-Ups

Tackle the Earth Day 5K or walk it if you'd prefer.

Earth Day, founded in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, has become an annual tradition celebrated each April 22. Communities across the Garden State are preparing to honor the planet in a variety of ways this year.

From earth fairs and educational activities to scenic runs and organized clean-ups, check out the events below, organized by date.

Saturday, April 21

Head over to Liberty State Park at 10 a.m. for the Earth Day 5K Run. Registration is $26 and can be completed online.

T-shirts to all pre-registrants & post-registrants while supplies last. Post race refreshments at the Earth Day Fair, featuring the Earth Day Kid’s Kingdom! All activities, including parking, located in beautiful Liberty State Park.

Tackle the Earth Day 5K or walk it if you’d prefer.

Demarest celebrates Earth Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Northern Valley Earth Fair at Demarest High School. This Earth Day celebration offers energy-saving/sustainable products, organic foods/agriculture, animal education/rescue, environmental preservation, and more.

Don’t miss Demarest’s Earth Fair.

New Jersey Audubon hosts Earth Day and Marine Debris Clean-up in Cape May from 9 a.m. to noon. 

Learn about wildlife gardening and other basic maintenance chores while you assist Nature Center staff and volunteers in sprucing up the gardens for spring. We’ll plant, mulch, deadhead, weed, and prune throughout the Center’s grounds and along the harbor. This date coincides with Clean Ocean Action’s annual Beach Sweeps. Join workers at the Nature Center to help clean our ocean and harbor beaches in Cape May. The Earth Day Clean-Up is a great community service project for your civic organization or scout group. Bring along your own tools. Preregistration is not required; however, if you plan to bring a large group, please call ahead of time.

Event takes place at 1600 Delaware Avenue in Cape May.

Free! Refreshments will be offered.

Monmouth County Parks present a range of opportunities:

Earth Day at Thompson Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell 
Explore the woods and wetlands around the Manasquan Reservoir. There will be live animal shows featuring reptiles and amphibians, which are often misunderstood animals, and short naturalist-led walks. Plus, enjoy the sights and displays of our beautiful environmental center. Live animal shows take place at: 11:30 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:30 PM; and nature walks at 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM.

Thompson Park Visitor Center, Lincroft 
Promote environmental awareness and have fun making crafts that celebrate wildlife and Mother Earth. Our fun crafts for kids are all hands on ways to teach your child about our beautiful planet and make cool art.

The City of Summit’s 12th annual Earth Day Clean-Up takes place from 9 a.m. to noon.

Members of the community, individuals and groups, are encouraged to participate and help beautify Summit’s parks and open spaces. The clean-Up is sponsored by the City of Summit Environmental Commission and is conducted in partnership with the Washington Area Association.

April 22

Reeves-Reed Arboretum hosts Daffodil Day at the Summit-based public garden from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The educational center is home to one of the largest daffodil collections in New Jersey, planted in the Arboretum’s glacially carved ‘kettle’ or bowl in the early 1900s by the original owners of the property, the Wisners.

Currently, the collection features more than 50,000 bulbs, which are the stars of the show each year on Daffodil Day, one of the most eagerly anticipated events at the Arboretum, which attracts visitors from all over the tri-state area.

The 2018 Eighth Annual Edison Earth Day Celebration takes place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Papaianni Park. Enjoy children’s activities, a lake and park litter clean-up, and more.

April 28

Essex County Earth Day is celebrated from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors for our annual outdoor Earth festival.  On this special day, celebrate nature with crafts, games, and recreational opportunities, such as canoeing and hiking.  Enjoy demonstrations, information, a local eco-venders’ sale, with Environmental Center staff and partner groups on hand to guide you throughout the day.

The event is free.

9th Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival

9th Sustainable Cherry Hill Earth Festival

Celebrate-learn-grow mark this year’s Earth Festival theme: Reduce Plastic – Fantastic! The rain-or-shine event at historic Croft Farm, starts with the 8 a.m. Family Fun Bike Ride (registration in early 2018); then the festival across three acres of farmstead at 10 a.m. Enjoy free entertainment; healthy food choices for purchase, sustainable tips, crafts, products, services and more. School groups will display the Earth Festival theme and more focusing on a sustainable world.

Bring your family, friends and neighbors to this free, annual event. While parking is available in this park setting, it’s strongly encouraged that you to consider biking to the Earth Festival – save money, the planet and get exercise! The Festival features free, secure bike valet parking supported by the Courier Post.

ACUA Environmental Park hosts the 28th Annual Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This rain-or-shine event takes place at 6700 Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Twp. Check out free activities, workshops, local vendors, food and tours of our facilities make the event suitable for all ages.

See for an updated activity list and details on becoming a sponsor or vendor.