Like I said in our last Weekend Conscious post, I’m really excited to celebrate Earth Day this weekend. I want to do something that’s a mix of educational, inspiring and helpful! With all that in mind, we gathered some ideas for those of you in the celebrating Earth Day in the Los Angeles area, though hopefully this will inspire those of you in other areas too.
1. Do a beach or park clean up. Los Angeles is home to an insane amount of parks, and some gorgeous beaches too. The City of LA Recreation & Parks website has each one listed. I’d suggest finding a few near you, then googling to see if they’re having any Earth Day events. If not, create one yourself! One organized beach cleanup I know about is the one at Cabrillo Aquarium (tiny, amazing donation-based aquarium in San Pedro). Cabrillo beach could definitely use some love, and is very family friendly. There’s also a list here of other South Bay Earth Day events.
2. Attend the March for Science Los Angeles. In the works for quite some time now, the March for Science is bringing LA together to take a stand for science. Not only do we want to tell our government that facts DO matter, but that transparency matters, and so do evidence-based policy decisions. Learn about the march’s speakers and supporters here and get updates on Facebook, here. Earth Day LA is also in Grand Park with green living demos + activities, so I think downtown will have something for everyone.
3. Earth Day in Exposition Park is a kid-friendly event in its second year. The event is from 10am to 2pm and has 50+ exhibitors and activities for all age. It’s hosted by LA Sanitation so this is one of the more educational events that deals with sustainability on a local level. While you’re near USC, the LA Festival of Books is this weekend, too!
4. Learn about the local flora at one of LA’s botanical gardens. The Huntington Gardens are on my Los Angeles bucket list (yes, I have one of those!), and that’s just one of the many places you can revel in the gorgeous post-drought spring that is Southern California right now. This article from TimeOut Los Angeles has a full list of ideas. And this other list is filled with even more Earth Day events!
5. Celebrate the grand opening of the Los Angeles State Historic Park. In the works for several years now, that big, open swath of land right next to Chinatown is officially an LA park. You can learn more about the park itself + the history behind the land in this LA Times piece. There’s also a grand opening celebration on Saturday to mark the occasion.
It’s super easy to take the metro to most of these locations. Don’t forget that the Expo Line is now open, so if you’re traveling from the east side or Downtown, you can still get to the beach for a celebratory day of beach cleaning + exploring!
And one thing everyone can do? Make an Earth Day resolution! What’s one thing you’ll do for Earth moving forward? I’m swearing off straws (and so is the Ace Hotel Downtown) + making sure to incorporate nature into my life each and everyday. Happy Earth Day!