Earth Day

Butterfly at Myriad Gardens - Photo by Dennis Spielman

Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. This Earth Day Guide contains various sustainable activities to celebrate Earthday in Oklahoma. Be aware not all events are happening on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

Oklahoma City

Friday, April 14, 2017 from 6 pm to 10 pm
The Plaza District is celebrating Earth at this month’s LIVE on the Plaza! From recycling and reuse to planting new flowers and environmental education, they will be showing off lots of opportunities to create ways in which we can better take care of our planet. April also kicks off their Outdoor Market featuring work from local artists.

Oklahoma State Capitol at 2300 N Lincoln Blvd, Oklahoma City
Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 9 am – 12 pm

March in solidarity with the National March for Science and hundreds of satellite marches across the country and the world. The March for Science champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. They unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest.

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Join the Myriad Botanical Gardens for an Earth Day Celebration for either their nature walk adventure or irrigation and water conservation school. For children, Pat Hoerth will teach people how to use all of their senses. They’ll then gather seeds to make seed necklaces while they talk about the awesome properties of seeds that help them grow into plants. Parents will also get tips on engaging their child with nature for their future adventures.

For the adults, learn how to conserve water and money through smart irrigation practices. They’ll discuss how to use this time-saving tool, along with some other smart choices, to save you money and still be good to the earth.

To register and learn more, click here.

Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 10 am­ to 3 pm
Thrive Mama Collective and numerous vendors are celebrating Earth Day in the Oklahoma City Plaza District. Sponsored in part by The Plaza District Association, The OKC Natural Parenting Expo was created with holistic providers and eco­friendly vendors in mind to offer the community natural alternatives to mainstream parenting practices.

The expo will occur on Saturday, April 22nd from 10:00 am­ to 3:00 pm in the Plaza Alley Courtyard behind Thrive Mama Collective, located at 1745 NW 16th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73106. All ages are welcome. Free swag bags will be available to the first 50 families. Enjoy live music, demos, and activities throughout the day.

The Changing Table will also host the Great Cloth Diaper Change from 10:30 am­ to 11:30 am in their natural parenting store attached to Thrive Mama Collective. This is a world­wide event for the most babies changed into a cloth diaper around the world. This is a fundraiser for the Real Diaper Association, a collective non­profit organization in which parents and small businesses take the lead in creating a cultural shift to increase the use of simple, reusable cloth diapers.

Science Museum Oklahoma at 2020 Remington Place, Oklahoma City
Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10 am – 2 pm

Science Museum Oklahoma guests are invited celebrate Earth Day with special activities in the museum’s gardens and explore the just-opened exhibit “Backyard Bugs: An Oklahoma Insect Adventure” on Saturday, April 22.

Visitors can take part in upcycling activities and a butterfly release in the SMO Gardens from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. alongside museum educators and gardening experts from SMO and the Oklahoma Gardeners Association. The butterfly release will take place at the event’s conclusion.

Inside the museum, guests can explore the Science Museum Oklahoma-based Oklahoma Museum Network’s brand new “Backyard Bugs” exhibit to learn about the six-legged neighbors that are critical to our ecosystem. To continue the experience at home, guests can purchase a caterpillar, lady bug, or butterfly habitat from the museum’s Science Shop.

SU Precision Driving Facility at 3501 W. Reno, Oklahoma City
Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 9 am – 2 pm

Join OG&E on Earth Day to Drive Electric! Their EV Ride and Drive takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 22, at the OSU Precision Driving Facility. Discover the cool EV technology and earth-friendly benefits of driving electric. Test drive electric vehicles, visit with local EV dealer representatives, meet current EV owners, and enjoy a FREE meal from Mutts Amazing Hot Dogs! Cars available to drive include a BMW i3, Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, and Toyota Prius Prime. They’ll also have a Tesla, Chevy Bolt, Chevy Spark EV, and Ford Focus on display for you to view.

OKC Zoo at 2000 Remington Place, Oklahoma City
Saturday, April 22, 2017

The OKC Zoo is partnering with the global Earth Day celebration to help students and adults become environmental and climate literate citizens, ready to take action and be voices for change. Party for the Planet, the Zoo’s family fun Earth Day tradition, will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on. Presented by Kohl’s, activities include live entertainment in the Global Plaza, free Keeper Connections throughout the Zoo and an adventure safari for children 11 and under. The Zoo and Dr. Pepper also will announce the winners of this year’s Dr. Pepper Vending Machine Art Contest at 2 pm in the Zoo’s Global Plaza. The event is free with paid Zoo admission.

Along with the Earth Day celebration, the Zoo’s Horticulture team will host two, free Earth Day Garden Tours featuring the Water Conservation Garden on Saturday, April 22 at 10 am and 1 pm. The tours will highlight the seven principles of water conservation gardening while showcasing drought tolerant plants for residential landscapes. The 10,000-square-feet Water Conservation Garden was recognized by the Oklahoma City Water Utilities Trust with a Resolution of Appreciation for the Zoo’s efforts to educate consumers on the importance of conserving water by landscaping with drought-resistant, yet attractive, plants and flowers. During the tours, the horticulture team will also be on hand to answer gardening questions. Garden tours will initially meet in the Global Plaza near the Guest Services office at 10 am or 1 pm.

SixTwelve at 612 NW 29th Steet, Oklahoma City
Saturday, April 22, 2017

SixTwelve works toward a community based around growing food. The Friendship Seed & Plant Exchange is a chance for local gardeners and farmers to connect with others who enjoy connecting to nature through growing plants and food. Garden leftovers and plants that need new homes are ideal for sharing at this gathering. The event is open to new and experienced growers.

Participants can bring a potluck dish (vegetarian appreciated but not necessary) to share in a community meal at SixTwelve. This is a no trash event so bring your own reusable plate, silverware, and drinks.

Norman

Reaves Park at 2051 Jenkins Avenue, Norman
Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 12 pm – 5 pm

This is the 16th Annual Earth Day Festival in Norman. Approximately 75 local and state organizations volunteer to come together to provide a free, fun, and educational day for the children and families of Norman and surrounding communities. Norman’s Earth Day Festival focuses on teaching the importance of respect for our earth and its inhabitants. There will be multiple free hands-on activities, demonstrations and exhibits that celebrate the importance of protecting and conserving our Earth’s air, water, forest, soil, wildlife and all natural resources including a healthy human community.

Tulsa

Johnson Park at 61st and Riverside, Tulsa
Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10 am – 7 pm

The Tulsa Earth Coalition, comprised of The Carrie Dickerson Foundation, The Green Country Sierra Club, and All Souls Green Team, is joining together to bring Tulsa a fantastic Earth Day Celebration where everyone can all get together to share their knowledge about how to preserve and protect Mother Earth.

The festival will feature a day of Science and Beauty, with live music by Randy Crouch and Flying Horse, Michael Ray Little and the Dream Merchants, Susan Herndon, Annie Ellicott, Steve Liddell, Oceanaut, M. Tim Blake, and Wheat Penny, as well as an Artists’ and Crafters’ Village, Beautiful Quilts for admiring and for sale, great food trucks, non-profit and community organizations with important and useful info for all of us, dynamic and well known speakers who are champions for the planet, kids’ activities, family fun, and much more.

Noted speakers include Terry Young, Craig Immel, Kelly Foster, Ed Brocksmith, Clova Abrahamson, Bobby Robedeaux, Johnson Bridgwater, and Bob Jackman.


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