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:
Clean Up Uptown! in the Uptown 23rd Street District (various locations) Help spruce up Uptown ahead of Open Streets OKC. Meet at Old School Bagels for FREE breakfast prior to hitting the streets. Gloves and trash bags will also be provided. 9 a.m. – noon.
FREE Meet the Gardener at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Get a behind-the-scenes look at what gardeners do in the Children’s Garden. Help turn the compost, feed the worms in a vermicomposting bin and plant herbs. This event is open to all ages and is come and go. 10 – 11:30 a.m. Also held: April 29.
FREE Saturdays for Kids at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a make-your-own-bandanna craft made out of recycled materials. For ages 2 – 12. Preregister. 10 a.m. – noon.
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.
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.
Adult Nature Night: Tree Climbing at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd). Martin Park naturalists will show you the ropes of tree climbing. Equipment provided. For ages 18+. $10. 6:30 – 8 p.m.
FREE Plant the Plaza in the Plaza District (various locations). Volunteers will plant flower beds in the Plaza and spruce up the entire district. Preregister. 9 a.m. - noon.
FREE Spokies Bike Share Ride in Downtown Oklahoma City (various locations). In celebration of Earth Day, try out Spokies, OKC’s bike sharing program, for free for half an hour on April 21. Use the Earth Day code, 04212017, at any Spokies kiosk.
FREE Oklahoma March for Science at the Oklahoma State Capitol (2300 N Lincoln Blvd) features science fair-type exhibits for all ages to enjoy, science-minded speakers and a march concluding at the steps of the capitol. 9 - 11 a.m.
FREE OKC Natural Parenting Expo and The Great Cloth Diaper Change in the Plaza Alley Courtyard (1745 NW 16th St) eco-friendly vendors, live music, demonstrations and The Great Cloth Diaper Change, in celebration of Earth Day. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Earth Day Adventure Walk at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a nature walk adventure to celebrate Earth Day. Learn how to use all of our senses to explore our world. Best suited for ages 5 - 9. Members, $3; nonmembers, $5. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
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 Meet the Gardener at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Get a behind-the-scenes look at what gardeners do in the Children’s Garden. Help turn the compost, feed the worms in a vermicomposting bin and plant herbs. This event is open to all ages and is come and go. 10 – 11:30 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.
Celebrations worth the drive:
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.
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.
Looking for more spring-time family fun? Check out our Spring Fun Guides.