Saturday, April 23
There are several events celebrating and contributing to Earth Day conservation efforts all around South Orange County on Saturday, April 23rd.
EARTH DAY NATIVE PLANTING PROJECT
9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Beautify a planter mound with a variety of colorful California native plants to attract pollinators to Doheny by providing a vital habitat and nectar source. Please bring along your own shovel, gardening gloves, and refillable water bottle. Don’t forget to dress for getting dirty. Check-in will be at the picnic tables across from the Doheny park entrance, beneath the green canopies. Complimentary parking passes are given at the check-in table and are valid until 12:30, upon completion of the projects. Doheny State Beach, 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point. [email protected].
18TH ANNUAL EARTH DAY FESTIVAL
10 a.m.- 2 p.m. The City of San Clemente and the Watershed Task Force will host this free event, where attendees can receive information about caring for natural resources from various organizations. The day’s festivities begin with a beach cleanup at 8:30 a.m. at the municipal pier, followed by demonstrations, giveaways, and other activities at Parque Del Mar in the Pier Bowl. 622 Avenida Del Mar. 949.361.8322. san-clemente.org.
EVERY DAY IS EARTH DAY
9 a.m.-1 p.m. The ocean begins at your front door. Trash on your doorstep will find its way to street, gutter, sewer, creek, river, then the ocean. Presented by Great Opportunities Nonprofit and the San Juan Capistrano Youth Advisory Board, this Earth Day event invites the community to assist in the beautification of San Juan. Great Opportunities opens the door for underserved youth to increase their knowledge about their aquatic environment, grow their life skills and experience leadership through teaching swimming, beach programs, environmental awareness, and transportation. Meet at Los Rios Park, 31791 Los Rios Street, San Juan Capistrano. 714.299.0912. [email protected].
9-10 a.m. The Ecology Center is providing this hands-on lab about soil and seeds, so people can learn about gardening, saving seeds, and which food is appropriate to grow in a given season. The event is open to all ages, so you can learn something whether you have a kid just developing a green thumb or you are an adult looking to grow more plants in the backyard. The event is free. The Ecology Center, 32701 Alipaz Street, San Juan Capistrano. 949.443.4223. theecologycenter.org.
COMMUNITY BEACH CLEANUP
9-11 a.m. In partnership with Stand Up to Trash, the Ocean Institute will host a Beach Cleanup & Lunch and Learn in honor of Earth Day. Bags and grabbers will be provided but reusable gloves are encouraged. Fresh coffee, hot chocolate and donuts will be provided by The Coffee Importers. Participants are encouraged to bring their own reusable cup. Check-in at Baby Beach or the Ocean Institute. Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point. 949.496.2274. oceaninstitute.org.
9-11 a.m. Join members of the San Onofre Parks Foundation for a hike to celebrate Earth Day. Meet at the trailhead at the end of Avenida La Pata near the San Clemente Dog Park. 301 Avenida La Pata. sanoparks.org.
EARTH DAY PARTY
5-7 p.m. Get into the spirit of Earth Day with a party at Rhythm and Resin, sponsored by the Paskowitz Foundation. There will be live music, food, drinks, and raffle prizes. The $10 donation at the door will go toward efforts to pick up trash at beaches and parking lots during Earth Month. Rhythm and Resin, 220 Avenida Vaquero, San Clemente. keepersofthesea.org/events/