Top 5 Earth Day Celebrations in Los Angeles

Tragedy struck on January 28, 1969, just off the coast of Santa Barbara. When a pipe being extracted from an offshore drilling rig operated by Union Oil developed extreme pressure, it burst the well. A large volume of natural gas split the casing, caused cracks to form in the seafloor and three million gallons of crude oil spilled into the ocean. This disaster to the ocean ecosystem ignited the the modern-day environmental movement. The following year, Earth Day was born.

Today, Earth Day marks a communal celebration to protect the planet that we live on. Be a part of the 46th annual Earth Day celebration by attending any of the number of events happening across Los Angeles. Bring your family!  All events listed below are FREE unless otherwise noted.

Earth Day Bird Fest Celebration
Saturday, April 16
8am to 3pm
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium will celebrate Earth Day by highlighting the coastal environment and shore birds, the animals most impacted by the Santa Barbara oil spill 45 years ago. Come join us for a day of FREE programs including a beach clean-up, grunion egg hatching, bird crafts for kids, guided walks to the salt marsh, bird lectures and much more.  

Children’s Earth Day
Sunday, April 17
10am to 4pm
Star Eco Station

The eco-friendly folks at the STAR Eco Station and STAR Education are throwing the 16th Annual Children’s Earth Day mega celebration that will feature exotic wildlife, student performances, eco-friendly games and rides, face painting, tons of food, celebrity guests from Disney, ABC, Nickelodeon and more! Come celebrate Planet Earth with the STARs!

Wild for the Planet
Saturdays and Sundays from April 23 through May 22
10 am to 4 pm
The Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

From “Earth Day” Saturday through “Endangered Species Day” Sunday, the LA Zoo will feature five weekends of activities, entertainment and information that spotlight the importance of protecting the planet and its animals. Adults and children can enjoy a day at the zoo, home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered. There will be special opportunities, entertainment, information and tips about everyday ways to sustain and preserve. All activities are included with paid zoo admission.

Earth Day LA
Saturday April 23
9am to 2pm
Hansen Dam Recreation Park

LA Sanitation is hosting its first annual citywide Earth Day LA event just outside Discovery Cube Los Angeles. The theme is Zero Waste – One Water. There will be a DJ and local performers on stage as well as a community bike ride/walk and a local neighborhood clean-up. Visit a variety of booths, games and mascots, and get educational materials, free mulch and plants. LA Sanitation staff will be grilling from 10:30am to 1pm, and serving ice cream and popsicles. At the Scavenger Hunt, kids will be encouraged to “Take the Eco Challenge” and leave with at least 3 Earth-friendly tips that they can immediately implement at home. Children who complete the hunt will make an environmental pledge, have a quick photo session, get a free smoothie coupon, and be entered to win a family four-pack of tickets to the Discovery Cube.

L.A. Urban Nature Fest
Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26
Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum’s LA Urban Nature Fest continues the celebration of Earth into the summer by showcasing nature that exists within the city of Los Angeles!

Coyotes cross Sunset Boulevard. Lizards scale manzanitas. P-22, Los Angeles’ resident mountain lion, explores Griffith Park. Vaux’s swifts take cover in downtown chimneys. Western gulls steal your beach picnic. Squirrels are doing somersaults in your front yard. L.A. is a surprising biodiversity hotspot – and it’s time to celebrate our urban nature. From the L.A. River rehab to community gardens and local collaborations, Angelenos seem increasingly interested in urban nature. Let’s take a weekend to see just how green L.A. can get.  This festival is packed with hands-on, fun family activities!

LA Stormwater will have a booth at each one of these events. Come by and say hello!


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