This April 22 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day — a day set aside to show a little well-deserved respect to the environment. The day is typically highlighted by outdoor activities, rallies and service projects across the globe. This year, though, since we can't get out and volunteer for community cleanups and the like, we've put together some ideas for how you can still show your love for Mother Earth.

Plants are crucial to a healthy ecosystem (and home). They emit oxygen and take in carbon dioxide. Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum features a showcase of video tutorials on its Facebook page. Learn tips on planting microgreens, repotting and transplanting, and more. Learn More ›

Spring is the perfect time to get out and enjoy nature. The Audubon Society of Rhode Island offers an Audubon at Home program, which features ideas and lessons on exploring your backyard. Videos and info can be found on its Facebook page. Learn More ›

Every Tuesday and Thursday at 2 p.m., the Roger Williams Park Zoo hosts virtual zoo school. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at some amazing critters and get some ideas for fun at-home activities. If you can't catch the live stream, every episode can be watched later on the zoo's YouTube page. Learn More ›

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Clean Up Your Neighborhood or Nearby Woods

Litter is an issue that is detrimental to animals and the environment. There are easy ways for you to help. Take a walk around your neighborhood and collect any trash that may have blown out of a trash can or been thrown from someone's car. Be sure to take the necessary steps to stay safe. Wear gloves and remember to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Other Earth Day Resources
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Earth Day Ideas From Blithewold

At 10 a.m. on Earth Day, Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum will be posting a video on Earth Day ideas and how you can become a citizen scientist.

The Audubon Society of Rhode Island has put together some important resources to help you celebrate the Earth all week long, while being proactive in addressing the other crisis we are facing: climate change. Learn More ›