When is Earth Day 2016? This observance always falls on April 22. On Earth Day, enjoy the tonic of fresh air, contact with the soil, and companionship with nature! Walk through the woods in search of emerging wildflowers and green moss. Go outside, no matter what the weather!
What is Earth Day?
Ever wondered how Earth Day started? This observance arose from an interest in gathering national support for environmental issues.
In 1970, San Francisco activist John McConnell and Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson separately asked Americans to join in a grassroots demonstration. McConnell chose the spring equinox (March 21, 1970) and Nelson chose April 22.
Millions of people participated, and today Earth Day continues to be widely celebrated with events on both dates.
The most common practice of celebration is to plant new trees for Earth Day.
Earth Day Dates
|2016||Friday, April 22|
|2017||Saturday, April 22|
|2018||Sunday, April 22|
Earth Day Activities and Ideas
Celebrate Earth Day!
- Plant wildflowers! See our article, Wild About Wildflowers.
- Go native! Plants thrive when they’re natural to your area. See our article on natural landscaping.
- Bring nature into the garden with plants that attract butterflies.
- Try an organic vegetable garden. Here are tips on organic seed-starting.
- Conserve water. See our tips on a water-wise garden.
Earth Day Quotes and Poetry
The thirsty earth soaks up the rain,
And drinks, and gapes for drink again.
The plants suck in the earth and are
With constant drinking fresh and fair.
The “green things growing” whisper me
Of many an earth-old mystery.
–Eben Eugene Rexford
Summer, fall, winter, spring,
The seasons rotate as each brings
Its special beauty to this Earth of ours.
Winter’s snow and summer’s flowers;
Frozen rivers will flow come spring,
There is a renewal of everything.
While the bright radiant sun in centre glows,
The earth in annual motion round it goes;
At the same time on its own axis reels,
And gives us change of seasons as it wheels.
–The 1793 Old Farmer’s Almanac
O Spring-time sweet!
The whole Earth smiles, thy coming to greet.