Each April, the city of Dallas comes together to celebrate and honor the beauty of our planet. If you feel strongly about doing your part to preserve our natural resources — local as well as global — consider attending one of these Earth Day-related events. You’ll learn more about what you can do to help protect the majestic place we call home while discovering activities sure to fascinate and delight the entire family.
Downtown Dallas’ most iconic Earth Day event is the annual EarthX celebration held at Fair Park. From April 20 through 22, EarthX will roll a conference, exposition and film festival into one event. The goal? To educate and inspire everyone to be better stewards of our planet. Last year, EarthX hosted over 100,000 attendees and 900 exhibitors, making it the largest event of its kind in the world. At this year’s EarthX, participants can attend numerous film screenings, panel discussions and presentations, all while enjoying live music and even tastings of sustainable beer.
If you want something smaller and strictly Dallas-focused, head on over to Lake Cliff Park on April 15 where you can celebrate Oak Cliff Earth Day. Inaugurated in 2007, this event now features everything from local earth-friendly vendors to a 5K race. And you definitely don’t want to miss the fun “Mother Nature” pageant and “Green Man” contest, where attendees compete for best costume. Live entertainment and free yoga classes are also part of the proceedings.
If your child is a student in the D-FW area, encourage their school to participate in the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport’s annual Earth Day Celebration. Held on April 18 at the airport’s LiveWell Center, this event is designed specifically for young scholars and emphasizes the importance of protecting the earth using the latest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) knowledge.
You can also take a more hands-on approach to conversation efforts this year by attending one of the final seedball workshops hosted by The Great Seed Bomb, Dallas Watershed and EarthX. At this workshop, you can hand-make seed packets full of native wildflower and prairie seeds, then plant them around the grounds of the First Tee Trinity Forest Learning Center. Your efforts will help encourage new plant growth as well as plant diversity. Just be sure to RSVP.
Lastly, who says you can’t take care of the Earth and yourself? Vivian’s Boutique Spa (5420 Ross Ave.) is hosting a special Earth Day event on April 22 that combines a mini-spa service with a floral arrangement workshop. The workshop portion will be hosted by the Arrangement Project, which serves local nonprofits by teaching flower arrangement skills to underserved women as a way to build confidence and experience a little more beauty in their day-to-day lives.
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