Earth Day is a day where people all over the world participate in all kinds of activities to help protect our planet. Many organizations hold special events to celebrate Earth day and there are often lots of opportunities to volunteer with cleanups, recycling drives, and more. There is plenty, however, that you can do to give back to and appreciate the planet without ever leaving the house. Here are some great Earth Day activities families can do at home.
- Create a backyard habitat – Plant native flowers and plants, install a water source, and put in some shrubs and trees for shelter, then watch as local wildlife decides to take up residence right in your backyard.
- Build a bird feeder – Give birds a food source and also create a source of entertainment for the whole family by building and hanging a bird feeder. You’ll have hours of enjoyment as you see who stops by for a snack.
- Start a garden – Prepare a section of land and decide together what you would like to grow, then start your own food garden and enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of your labor all summer long.
- Plant a tree – By planting a tree, you’ll be helping to clean the air, providing a source of shelter to local wildlife, and depending on the location, helping to cool your home and reduce your energy use.
- Start a compost pile – Make better use of your food and yard waste by composting in your yard. Create your own compost pile and have an abundant supply of natural fertilizer to help your garden thrive.
- Spend the day unplugged – Turn off the TV and step away from the WiFi. Spend the day doing outdoor activities and playing board games with the people you love to help keep down your energy usage.
- Have a backyard scavenger hunt – Increase your appreciation for all of the wonders of nature by having a scavenger hunt to find a variety of plants, leaves, and evidence of wildlife. Be sure to leave everything as you found it to reduce your personal impact on the planet.
- Create a donation pile – Collect old toys, clothes, and other unused items around the house and recycle them by donating them to a charity that can put them into the hands of someone who can use them.
- Clean up your yard and street – Take a walk around your yard and up and down your street to collect trash and litter that are strewn about. It will not only make things look nicer, but will also help the Earth be just a little bit healthier.
- Revamp your recycling – Take a look at your recycling practices and see how they can be improved. Install additional bins and find ways to add new items to your recycling efforts and send fewer things to the landfill.
There are so many things that you can do to help give back to the Earth this Earth Day. Make plans to do something with your family and commit to keeping your efforts to reduce your energy use and carbon footprint the whole year through.
Guest post: Shannan Powell is a full-time work at home mom with a home overflowing with testosterone. She spends her days trying to find the balance between wife, mom of three, and stepmom of one, while maintaining her career as a freelance writer and influencer marketing campaign manager. Shannan began her work at home life more than a decade ago, following the birth of her second child. She lives with her husband and their boys near the Delaware coast. Connect with her on Twitter and Instagram to follow her family’s adventures.