Welcome to the Virtual Earth Day Celebration! There are so many reasons to be grateful for our Earth, and Earth Day is the perfect time to reflect and take action. While we wait for the return of in-person programs, staff have compiled activities and opportunities so you can enjoy Earth Day, every day.
In this site you will find resources to conduct your own volunteer neighborhood cleanup, learn about projects in our parks, find an engaging activity, or join a Naturalist for a fun and interesting talk. Scroll through your options below and have a fantastic and safe Earth Day 2021!
Earth Month Neighborhood Cleanup Event
Help keep your parks looking their best – from your front door! Litter travels through storm drains, creeks, and rivers; trash on the street becomes trash in our waterways, shorelines, and parks. Register online and host a neighborhood cleanup from April 22nd to May 31st to celebrate Earth Day – for a whole month! Register today – and you could be one of the first 100 participants to receive a mini Volunteer Toolkit containing a reusable mask, disposable gloves, hand sanitizer, and some volunteer guidelines to help you have a safe and fun event. Learn more and register for the 2021 Cleanup Event.
Doc Quack's Wildlife Volunteers
Tern Town: A Case Study in Shorebird Restoration
The Hayward Shoreline Regional hosts sanctuary for three special status birds, built by the hands of thousands of citizen scientists. The California Least Tern, Western Snowy Plover, and Black Skimmer all use this park for nesting habitat. Learn about “Tern Town”, one of the highest breeding density sanctuaries on the West Coast. Discover what has been done to protect and create this vital habitat, and the more than 35,000 hours of volunteer help that have made the recovery of these endangered birds possible.
Learn more on Doc Quack's page.
Interview with Park Supervisor Jim Rutledge to explore the Sibley Redwood Reintroduction Project
Since 2018, Park Operations staff have been working on a restoration project at Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve - and Volunteers have played a key part! By thinning the non-native Eucalyptus trees and replacing them with native Coastal Redwood trees, staff have not only made the park safer, but also helped it morph back to a more natural state. Join us by viewing a video to learn more about this amazing project.
Interview with Park Supervisor Jim Rutledge to explore the Sibley Redwood Reintroduction Project, 21m:29s
Videos and Activities from Digital Learning Website
Did you know the East Bay Parks have been creating digital content for more than a year? Ever wanted to know more about bats, plants, reptiles, geology, birds, skulls, or the Ohlone Cultures? How about taking a virtual trip through one of our parks using augmented reality? It’s all there, and more, on our Digital Learning portal. Explore some of the cool content staff has been creating for Digital Learning!
Art and Activities
Want to get off the computer for a bit? You can make a craft, bake or cook something earthy, or head out into the sunshine for some nature journaling! Feel free to download some of these fun activities and ideas and try them out!
It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year, but staff created this celebration of Earth Day video last year—the Earth Day 2020 Shelter in Place Edition. As we are still being encouraged to maintain social distance, this short film may cheer you up while we wait to see each other in person again. You can view it here, on the EBRPD Facebook page and below.
Virtual Activities with a Naturalist
Naturalist staff offer virtual programs to the public! Complied below are all the Earth Day themed programs from April 17th to April 24th to help you get in the Earth Day spirit. Join one of these great programs to learn and have screen-to-screen time with one of our fantastic Naturalists!
Join us each Saturday in April to learn about Black Diamonds wonderful flowers. Each wildflower we highlight will showcase their resiliency, beauty, and wild adaptations. After watching, come on out to the park and see them for yourself! This pre-recorded video series will be shown on Facebook. Visitors may email for a downloadable copy.
The least tern, an endangered species, has an incredibly important nesting site on an old concrete runway at the former Naval Air Station in Alameda! Join us on Facebook Live to discover some of the amazing adaptations of this aerial acrobat and learn where else it nests and where we can watch it hunt.
Gain a greater appreciation for the natural world by nature journaling this spring. Make observations and practicing techniques with Naturalist Erica during a live virtual broadcast on Facebook & Zoom. Follow the Sunol Regional Wilderness Facebook page for more information on specific topics of these monthly workshops.