It’s Earth Day! Actually, to be more specific, this is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! I would venture to say that any Earth Day events that were planned for your community today or anytime this week have been cancelled. Where Brandon and I work, we had planned to have a big work day in celebration of Earth Day this past Saturday, and it was cancelled.
But, even without a big event where you would get a sweet t-shirt for helping plant trees, clean up a roadway, or sort recycling, there are ways you can bring awareness and celebrate this day, even in this world of isolation that we find ourselves. Here are some ideas for you on your own or maybe to enjoy with your kiddos.
Take a walk. Super easy. Do it by yourself or with your family. Turn it into a scavenger hunt to find different plants, animals and examples of God’s creation. Play iSpy. Take the time to be intentional to look at the intricacies of God’s creation and how different elements support one another – how the trees offer covering and space for the birds to nest or how the bees offer transport for the pollen.
Outdoor Scavenger Hunt and S’mores Printable
Check out this cool scavenger hunt!
Do a craft. One that would be fun if you have little ones is to do a rub activity. All you need is paper, crayons (or any other type of medium), and some leaves. In the true spirit of Earth Day, maybe only use ones that have already fallen on the ground. You can put the leaf under the paper, and then color on top. You’ll see the unique details of each leaf come through in the rub. I’ve seen ones people have done that were then framed and hung on their walls – what a cool way and type of art to display of your child’s. There are also tons of great ideas on Pinterest for outdoor craft activities.
Learn more. Even with as much as the farm has taught me about creation and what caring for it looks like in a sustainable, regenerative way, I still have so much more to learn. National Parks all over the country are doing educational videos since the parks are closed. They have virtual tours and are getting creative with how to bring the park to you! Also, if you’re interested specifically in sustainable farming practices check out Food Inc. on Netflix or The Biggest Little Farm on Prime.
Even in isolation we can recognize this day and have fun with our families! It’s important that no matter our age or the ages of our children, we need to bring awareness to how we can all better care for this great big beautiful gift we’ve been entrusted with. It’s a big task and it needs all of us doing our part. And with that, we need to remember that every day is Earth Day! Every day we are called to care for creation! Every day our choices make a difference in so many ways! Overwhelming? Yup! But maybe just bite off one small piece at a time. Learn a little, play a little, care a lot! Just like Romney Ann’s shirt says, love your mother!