The Ultimate Earth Day Guide: 50 Activities to Take Climate Action Across the United States in 2022

Written by Andrea Smith

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” –Socrates

Whether it’s an Earth Day Festival or a Community Clean Up, TGP challenges you to get outside and take action in your local community this Earth Day 2022 and #InvestInOurPlanet

Here at The GREEN Program, our mission is to educate and empower future sustainability leaders through experiential education, responsible travel, and adventure. But none of that matters without the big, beautiful, blue and green planet herself. The time has come to put action to words in building a more sustainable future. This Earth Day 2022, our team at TGP will be taking action in our celebration of the planet and we want to encourage our global community  to do the same. Whether it’s by attending a local festivity, participating in a clean up effort, or by donating to an environmental cause, we want you to help us Invest in Our Planet this Earth Day.

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We created your go-to guide below for local events in each major city across the United States happening this Earth Day throughout  the whole month of April. Check it out and find an upcoming event in your area! Be sure to review the Earth Day Action Toolkit while you’re out and about! Or, if you’re more comfortable taking action from inside, consider making a donation to your favorite sustainable organization like The Canopy Project and help plant trees across the globe. 

Wherever you find yourself celebrating Earth Day this year, be sure to let us know by tagging us on Instagram (@greenprogram) and using #InvestInOurPlanet. We can’t wait to see how you take action this Earth Day, GREENies!

Invest in YOURSELF, Invest in your FUTURE, and above all, Invest in our PLANET.
-The GREEN Program Team

City, StateEvent NameEvent DateTimeCost
Birmingham, ALEarth Day at the Gardens4/23/2210 AM to 2 PMFree
Anchorage, AKEarth Day Community Plant Swap4/22/222:30 PM to 5 PM$5
Sedona, AZEarth Day Celebration at Red Rock State Park4/24/2210 AM to 2 PM$4
Fountain Hills, AZReCycle ReCreate Earth Day Celebration4/22/225 PM to 7 PMFree
Fayetteville, AREarth Day Festival4/24/221 PM to 5 PM$10
San Francisco, CAEarth Day San Francisco4/23/2211 AM to 7 PMFree
San Diego, CAEarthFair 20224/24/2210 AM to 5 PMFree
Longmont, COEarth Day Celebration4/23/2210 AM to 3 PMFree
Hamden, CTHamden Earthday4/23/2210 AM to 3 PMFree
Dover, DEDrive Electric Earth Day4/23/224 PM to 7 PMFree
Miami, FLMiami Beach Clean Up4/23/229 AM to 12 PMFree
Orlando, FLCentral Florida Earth Day4/23/2210 AM to 6 PMFree
Atlanta, GAEarth Day4/22/2210 AM to 12 PMFree
Honolulu, HIEarth Day 5K4/23/229 AM to 12 PM$16
Driggs, IDTeton Valley Earth Day Celebration4/22/224 PM to 7 PMFree
Springfield, ILEarth Awareness Fair4/23/2211 AM to 4 PMFree
Indianapolis, INEarth Day Indiana Festival6/4/2211 AM to 5 PMFree
Clear Lake, IAOutdoorFest4/21/22 – 4/23/229 AM to 7 PMFree
Gardner, KSEarth Day & Arbor Day Celebration4/23/2210 AM to 12 PMFree
Louisville, KYParty for the Planet4/24/2210 AM to 5 PM$8.25
New Orleans, LAThe Recycle Challenge4/22/22 – 4/23/229 AM to 5 PM$10
Freeport, MEGreen ME Up4/16/2210 AM to 3 PMFree
Windsor Mill, MDEarth Day Celebration4/23/2210 AM to 1 PMFree
Framingham, MAFramingham Earth Day Festival4/23/2211 AM to 3 PMFree
Royal Oak, MIClimate March, Rally, and Fair4/23/2210 AM to 1 PMFree
Minneapolis, MNCelebrate Earth Day4/22/224 PM to 6 PMFree
Summit, MS2022 Earth Day Fest4/23/229 AM to 3 PMFree
Columbia, MOColumbia Area Earth Day Festival4/24/2212 PM to 7 PMFree
Missoula, MTInvest in Our Planet4/23/222 PM to 6 PMFree
Omaha, NEEarth Day Omaha4/23/2211 AM to 6 PMFree
Las Vegas, NVEarth Day Festival and Plant Sale4/23/2210 AM to 4 PM$10
Auburn, NHEarth Day Celebration4/23/2210 AM to 4 PM$10-15
Egg Harbor Township, NJACUA Earth Day4/24/2210 AM to 4 PMFree
Taos, NMEarth Day Festival4/22/22 – 4/23/2210 AM to 7 PMFree
New York City, NYEarth Day Festival4/21/2212 PM to 7 PMFree
Raleigh, NCEarth Day 20224/22/226 PM to 10 PMFree
Bismarck, NDEarth Day Festival4/26/224 PM to 7 PMFree
Columbus, OHEarth Day Columbus4/23/2212 PM to 7 PMFree
Norman, OKEarth Day Festival4/24/2212 PM to 5 PMFree
Bend, OREarth Day Fair & Parade4/23/229 AM to 12 PMFree
Haverford, PAEarth Day Celebration4/23/22TBDTBD
Philadelphia, PAOffice of Sustainability’s Earth Day Event4/22/225 PM to 7 PMFree
Wayne, PAPark Stewardship for Earth Day4/23/229 AM to 10:30 AMFree
Newport County, RIAquidneck Island Earth Week4/16/22 -4/26/22Multiple TimesFree
Sumter, SCEarth Day Celebration4/23/227:30 AM to 12 PMFree
Pierre, SDGood Earth Day4/23/222 PM to 4 PMFree
Nashville, TNNashville Earth Day4/23/2211 AM to 6 PMFree
Oak Cliff, TXOak Cliff Earth Day4/3/2212 PM to 5 PMFree
Austin, TXEarth Day Austin4/23/2212 PM to 6 PMFree
Alta, UTAlta Earth Day 20224/16/229 AM to 3 PMFree
Quechee, VTVINS Earth Day Celebration4/23/2210 AM to 5 PM$17.50
Alexandria, VAAlexandria Earth Month CelebrationMonth of AprilMultiple TimesVaries by event
Edmonds, WAEarth Day Marina Beach Park Clean Up4/23/2210 AM to 12 PMFree
Morgantown, WVEarth Day Celebration4/22/2211 AM to 3 PMFree
Madison, WIEarth Day Challenge4/23/2210 AM to 12 PMFree
Casper, WYEarth Day4/22/229:30 AM to 4 PMFree

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