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 Sunday, April 22, 2018.

Oklahoma City

WHERE: Science Museum Oklahoma
2020 Remington Place, Oklahoma City

WHEN: Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10 am to 2 pm
Butterflies, ladybugs and praying mantises will fill the gardens at Science Museum Oklahoma from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 21 as the museum celebrates Earth Day with a morning and afternoon of special events.

“Earth Day is a perfect day to think about the actions we can take to live more sustainably and be better stewards of the resources we have,” said Barry Fox, gardens and grounds manager for SMO.

“We’ll have hands-on activities for all ages, and we’ll look at topics from monarch butterfly conservation and recycling to composting, landfill reduction, home gardening, and beyond.”

SMO’s Earth Day events include upcycling activities, a praying mantis release at 11 a.m., a talk on aquaculture, vermiculture and the SMO Gardens’ rabbits at noon, a lady bug release at 1 p.m., and a release of 400 butterflies at 2 p.m. All activities are included with general admission.

In addition to hands-on upcycling activities with SMO’s museum educators, representatives from the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Fertile Ground, Oklahoma Gardeners Association, Oklahoma Green Schools Program and SpiritWind Kidz Ranch will be in attendance with activities and information about incorporating sustainability practices into everyday life.

Guests can continue the experience at home with a visit to the museum’s Science Shop, which will have a variety of Earth Day items available including butterfly, ladybug and ant habitats, butterfly nets, books about insects, and live butterfly larva.

WHERE: Myriad Botanical Gardens
301 West Reno & Harvey, Oklahoma City

WHEN: Sunday, April 22, 2018 from Noon to 5 pm
Join the Myriad Botanical Gardens for an Earth Day Celebration. #OptOutside Oklahoma, presented by Fowler Toyota, is a new event at the Myriad Botanical Gardens on Sunday, April 22, 12 pm to 5 pm that aims to inspire people to get outside, breathe in some fresh air and reconnect with Mother Nature and all her splendor. The event on the Great Lawn and Band Shell of the Gardens is designed to help people reconnect with each other and with the great outdoors by featuring some of the best options for camping and RV life. The #OptOutside movement was started by REI Co-Op last year over the holidays. It has since expanded to finding ways to enjoying the outdoors all year-round.

WHERE: Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden
2000 Remington Park, Oklahoma City

WHEN: Saturday, April 21 – Sunday, April 22, 2018
Go wild this Earth Day and observe this global occurrence with the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden! The OKC Zoo is hosting a weekend celebration, Saturday, April 21– Sunday, April 22 that will include its annual Party for the Planet™ event presented by Bob Moore Subaru. Activities will be geared towards families, individuals interested in protecting our planet and the amazing animals, wild places encompassing it.

The OKC Zoo is also proud to welcome world-renowned scientist and conservationist Dr. Greg Rasmussen to Oklahoma City in recognition of Earth Day. Dr. Rasmussen will talk about his life’s work studying and protecting African painted dogs, an endangered species with fewer than 7,000 left in the wild, during two free, public speaking engagements. Dr. Rasmussen is the founder of the Painted Dog Research Trust. Dr. Rasmussen is known to be an engaging speaker and passionate about painted dog conservation. He strives to mentor and inspire a new generation of conservationists.

The Zoo and Dr Pepper also will announce the winners of the 2018 Dr Pepper Vending Machine Art Contest as part of the Party for the Planet™ festivities on Sunday, April 22.

SUNDAY, APRIL 22:
The OKC Zoo is proud to partner with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and observe Party for the Planet™ –the largest Earth Day celebration in North America. Party for the Planet™ activities will guests of all ages become environmental and climate aware citizens, ready to take action and be voices for change. All activities are free with Zoo admission and include:

Earth Day Garden Tour: The Zoo’s Horticulture team will host a free Earth Day Garden Tour featuring the Water Conservation Garden at 10 a.m. The tour will highlight the seven principles of water conservation gardening while showcasing drought tolerant plants for residential landscapes. Interested in attending? Meet outside the Guest Services office.

Dr. Greg Rasmussen Free Lecture: Dr. Greg Rasmussen, director of the Painted Dog Research Trust in Zimbabwe, will discuss his on-the-ground conservation efforts and partnership with the OKC Zoo during a free lecture from 11 a.m. to noon in the Zoo’s education auditorium. Seating is limited.

Eye Spy Safari: Kids 11 and under will love this interactive scavenger safari on Zoo grounds and the opportunity to learn more about the Zoo’s extraordinary animals. Each child who completes their safari scratch-off card will receive a prize. Eye Spy Safari cards will be available at the event tent located pas the Zoo’s turnstiles.

Education Stations: Discover what you can do to help protect wildlife, wild places. Tables will be set up by the Jungle Gym playground.

· Sierra Club Oklahoma Chapter: Make and take home your own starter garden for pollinators.
· Okies for Monarchs: Learn how you can help save these popular pollinators.
· Minick Materials: Get the dirt on composting from the experts!
· Help us Save Acres by Sharing a Photo! Stop by this table, take a selfie with our conservation sign then share it on social media using #SeeTheRainforestFor, an acre of rainforest will be saved.

Art Contest Winners: The Zoo and Dr Pepper will also announce the winners of the annual Dr Pepper Vending Machine Art Contest beginning at 2 p.m. in the Zoo’s education auditorium. Oklahoma students in grades K-12 were encouraged to submit a vending machine design using the contest theme, “Year of the Bird: Celebrate our World’s Winged Wonders.” The Zoo received 1,148 entries from students across the state.

Weekend Keeper Connections – While visiting the Zoo, be sure to check out the free Weekend Keeper Connections that occur Sunday on Zoo grounds, weather permitting. See the full schedule printed on zoo maps.

PAWS for a Cause Event

WHERE: Midtown Mutts Dog Park and Fassler Hall
Midtown District, Oklahoma City

WHEN: Saturday, April 21, 2018
Free Speaking Engagement with Dr. Rasmussen at Midtown Mutts Dog Park
Where: Midtown Mutts Dog Park, 407 W Park Pl, Oklahoma City, OK 73103
When: 1 – 2 p.m.
What: The OKC Zoo invites you and your beloved dog to attend this informal lecture with Dr. Rasmussen. Dr. Rasmussen will be sharing stories about his efforts to protect endangered African painted dogs in the wild from poaching snares with the use of a specially modified dog collar.

OKC Zoo’s PAWS for a Cause Event at Fassler Hall
Where: Fassler Hall, 421 NW 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73103
When: 2 – 6 p.m.
What: Follow the pack to Fassler Hall for the OKC Zoo’s PAWS for a Cause event, help raise awareness for African painted dogs. On Saturday, April 21, Fassler Hall will donate 20% of all food and beverage sales from 2-6 p.m. in support of the Painted Dog Research Trust, one the OKC Zoo’s major conservation initiatives. Remember, Fassler Hall has a dog-friendly patio so make plans to bring the family, Fido!

WHERE: SU Precision Driving Facility
3501 West Reno, Oklahoma City

WHEN: Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 9 am to 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 21, 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 more! Be sure to bring a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance.

WHERE: SixTwelve
612 NW 29th Steet, Oklahoma City

WHEN: Saturday, April 21 at 9 AM – 1 PM
In honor of Earth Day, SixTwelve is planting a garden for hummingbirds and butterflies and SixTwelve! They are also looking for volunteers for this growing season at SixTwelve. If you are interested, join them for a volunteer orientation at 9 am this Saturday (8 am for free coffee!), for some spring garden prep work and for learning to create a hummingbird and butterfly garden.

Norman

WHERE: Reaves Park
2051 Jenkins Avenue, Norman

WHEN: Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 12 PM to 7 PM
The City of Norman and the Cleveland County Conservation District will host the 16th Annual Earth Day Festival on Sunday, April 22 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Reaves Park. Reaves Park is located on Jenkins Avenue between Lindsey Street and SH-9 East.

The family-friendly festival features hands-on activities, musical entertainment, mascots, pet adoptions and concessions. The fire and police departments along with EMSTAT will have vehicles on display. Other City, county, and state agencies, along with several non-profit groups will provide demonstrations and exhibits to share the importance of protecting the earth’s air, water, forest, wildlife and natural resources.

Tulsa

WHERE: Guthrie Green
111 East MB Brady Street, Tulsa
WHEN: Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 12 PM – 7 PM
The Tulsa Earth Coalition will host a free day-long celebration on Guthrie Green featuring expert speakers, educational booths, live music, fun family & kids activities, arts vendors, local cuisine and more.

Promoting Peace, Love and Inclusion. Learning together to walk the Soft Path. Protecting Life On Earth.

TULSA EARTH COALITION is comprised of many of Tulsa’s most active environmental and social justice organizations: The Carrie Dickerson Foundation, Green Country Sierra Club, Tulsa Talks Climate, All Souls Green Team, Citizens Climate Lobby Tulsa, Hope Green Sanctuary Team, Transition Tulsa, TU Earth Matters, TYPros Sustainability Crew, and University of Tulsa Sustainability Committee. In addition to coalition members, many more earth-friendly organizations will be participating.


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