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 26, but the Oklahoma City metro is celebrating all month long!
Here are some eco-friendly fun happening throughout April:
Ongoing through April 27
Arbor Day Art Show at the Edmond Historical Society & Museum (431 S Boulevard, Edmond). Using the theme "Trees in Our Town," local students created artwork surrounding their interpretations of the community’s trees. Visitors of the art show can enter a drawing to receive a tree throughout the duration of the exhibit.
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.
Earthkind Earth Day Gardening School at Will Rogers Park (3400 NW 36th St). Learn practical ways to garden and utilize EarthKind practices that sustain the environment and protect our natural resources. There will be an Oklahoma Proven and Earthkind plant sale. Preregister. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
FREE Earth Day Seed Bombs at the Choctaw Library ( 2525 Muzzy St, Choctaw). Learn about the plants that grow in Oklahoma and make magic seed bombs to grow in your garden. All ages welcome. 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Earth Day Event at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl) features hands-on activities in the SMO Gardens. All ages welcome. 11 a.m. – 2 p.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.
Early Earth Day Celebration at SixTwelve (612 NW 29th St) features a cake walk bake off, community trash free potluck, seed & plant exchange and a dance party. See Facebook event page for a full schedule of events.
Gardening with Worms at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Learn the recipe for excellent compost through the science of vermiculture. Participants will create their very own “worm hotel,” complete with worms to take home. Be ready to get a little dirty! Preregister. Best suited for ages 6 – 10. 1 – 2 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..
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.
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.