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Earth Day 50th Anniversary April 22

Earth Day goes digital

This year, we’re going digital for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

We’ll be posting environmental quizzes every day on Twitter and Instagram from April 15-22. Join the fun and test your knowledge about our local environment, recycling, food waste, trees and more.

Gardening

Native Plants

Native plants need less watering and other care, and don’t require pesticides to be beautiful and healthy in your garden. Read about native plants and how to care for them in our Native Plant Directory.

Garden Hotline

Do you need help gardening this spring? The Garden hotline is open and operating. You can reach them at (206)-633-0224, Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Noxious Weeds

Head over to our Noxious weeds directory to see King County’s list of Noxious Weed!


1 Million Trees

Native Trees

Known as the Evergreen State, Washington’s forests are home to an abundance of native tree species. Learn about the seven most common native Washington trees and maybe you can even spot them in your own backyard!

Tree Care and Stewardship

Help restore Seattle’s urban forest by restoring habitat in your own backyard! Read how to take the first steps towards removing invasive plants through the City of Seattle’s guide.

Recycling and Waste Reduction

Recycle Right

Don’t trash your recycling! Recycle right by making sure all your recyclable materials are empty, clean and dry.

Reduce Food Waste

Americans throw out roughly 25 percent of the food they buy. We can make a positive change in the environment and our grocery bill by wasting less food.

Recycle Right Games

What better way to get the whole family recycling right than with some silly activities? You’ll need a partner to fill-in the blanks of what happened on recycling day, then pull out your magnify glass to examine the empty, clean and dry cans for clues. Download the game!

Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Word Search

This resource-themed word search is an entertaining way to get kids to thinking about waste reduction.

Recycling Maze

Don’t let this valuable aluminum can go to waste! Help it weave its way through our maze to reach the recycling bin home and be made into new products.

Environmental education activities you can do at home

Noxious Weeds Bingo

Sitting by the window? Walking around the block? Working in the backyard? All opportunities to mark off boxes on your noxious weed bingo card! Part education, part recreation.

Thanks to King County Water and Land Resources for sharing. Grab your card!

Native Plants word search

Is it a rainy day? Or do you just feel like staying inside? What a perfect time to complete a Native plants word search!

Native Birds Crossword puzzle

While stuck at home have your kids noticed a lot of different birds? Are your kids curious to learn more about native birds? Check out this native birds crossword puzzle to learn the names of some of the birds around you!

Invasive species lessons

Wondering how to entertain your kids? Check out Washington Invasive Species Council’s invasive species lesson plans geared toward middle schoolers! With 6 lessons and all kinds of fun activities, it’s bound to entertain them for a little while!

Green Seattle outdoor activities for kids

With no school, many kids are stuck at home inside. Take a look at these different outside activities that out of school youth can do in their backyard or around their neighborhood.

Washington State Parks Junior Ranger Program

Home with the kids? Wondering how to keep them engaged and active? Washington State Parks Junior Ranger Program has activities for fun and education.

Don’t Flush Trouble

Flushable wipes are not really flushable – they don’t break down and can cause expensive plumbing problems in your home and damage the sewer system. Put wipes in the trash.

Earth Day coloring pages

Coloring is thought to be a nice relaxing activity. Stay in the lines! How about a few Earth Day-related coloring templates to try your hand at? Don't forget to share your masterpiece!

Local Food and Markets

Support local farmers

Support local farmers and contribute to the Good Farmer Fund. The Good Farmer Fund grants emergency relief to farmers experiencing lost sale opportunities due to COVID-19.

Buy local flowers

Beautify your living space or surprise loved ones with colorful flowers today! Find out ways you can support flower farmers while farmers markets are temporarily suspended.