Celebrate Earth Day in OKC

As spring blooms and winter wanes, we are acutely aware of the beauty and delicate balance of the natural world around us. Earth Day is April 22 and Arbor Day is April 27, but the Oklahoma City metro is celebrating all month long!

Here are some eco-friendly fun happening throughout April:

April 7

Arcadia Lake Sweep at Spring Creek Park (SE 15th St, Edmond). Grab your gloves, sunscreen and head out to Arcadia Lake for the annual Lake Sweep event. Participants will receive a t-shirt while supplies last as well a hotdog lunch.  Trash bags and clean-up assignments are given at registration table. 8 – 11 a.m.

FREE Earthfest at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd) features a family celebration of the Earth with eco-friendly games, crafts and activities. Attendees can explore a variety of activities about nature, gardening, animals and conservation. 1 – 5 p.m.

April 10

FREE Earth Day STEAM Activities at the Edmond Library (10 S Boulevard, Edmond). Discover the life of a plastic bottle, explore the effects of plastic use on our planet and turn a recycled plastic bottle into something new. Preregister. Best suited for ages 5 - 12. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

April 13

FREE Community Tree Planting at Will Rogers Gardens (3400 NW 36th St). Help beautify the gardens during a community tree planting day. Participants will help plant trees for the Margaret Annis Boys Arboretum, and along the way, learn about proper tree planting, pruning and care. No registration required. All ages welcome. 11 a.m. – noon.

April 21

FREE Earth Day Litter Blitz at Melrose Recreation Center (7800 Melrose Ln). Celebrate Earth by helping pick up trash around Melrose Park.Afterwards, enjoy hot dogs, cookies and more.Best suited for ages 13 & up. 9 a.m. - noon.

Earthworms for Earth Day Event at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl) features educational, hands-on activities about earthworms. All ages welcome. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

FREE Public Clean-up Day at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd). Help clean up the park. Preregister. Best suited for ages 6 & up. 10 a.m - noon.

FREE Earth Day Celebration at the Southern Oaks Recreation Center (6818 S Walker Ave) features environmentally friendly games, "dirt and worms" dessert, tree identification and more, to bring awareness to the environmental issues facing our world today. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Unplugged at the Gardens #OptOutside Kick Off Night at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features board games, live music with Jason Scott and a chili dinner provided by Pitchfork in the Park. Attendees will also get an early look at the #OptOutside Oklahoma Expo. Guests staying overnight will also get to sleep in a provided tent. Space is limited. $25-$55.

April 22

Party for the Planet at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St) features live entertainment in the Global Plaza, Keeper Connections throughout the Zoo and more. Free with admission. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

FREE Earth Day Festival at Reaves Park (2501 Jenkins Ave, Norman) features family fun activities teaching the importance of protecting our earth including hands-on art projects, musical entertainment, mascots, pet adoption and more. Noon – 5 p.m.

FREE #OptOutside Oklahoma at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features vintage trailers and Airstreams, a hammock grove, fly fishing demonstrations, compass reading and campsite vignettes including tents, chairs, cooking apparatus, as well as bikes designed for casual and trail riding. Kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddleboards will be demonstrated on the lake. Noon - 5 p.m.

FREE Earth Day Terrariums at the Capitol Hill Library (327 SW 27th St). Use a recycled jar to create a miniature terrarium featuring pebbles, shells and even tiny toys. All supplies provided. All ages welcome. 2 - 4 p.m.

Celebrations worth the drive:

April 1 – 30

Azalea Festival at Honor Heights Park (N. Honor Heights Park Dr, Muskogee) features over 30,000 azaleas in 625 varieties, Party in the Park, a tasting of Oklahoma food and wine and more. See website for a complete schedule of events.

April 7

Dogwood Days Festival in Downtown Idabel (Main St, Idabel) features craft vendors, children's games, live entertainment, fair food, a 5K run and walk, volleyball tournament, Easter "eggstravaganza," barbecue cook-off, a free concert and more, celebrating the beautiful blooms of thousands of dogwood trees. 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Looking for more spring-time family fun? Check out our Spring Fun Guides.

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