Come listen to short talks under a tent, by experts and activists in the following areas:
- Green Investing
- Urban Beekeeping
- Designing Waterfronts for Sea Level Rise
- Green Building: What You Can Do
- Green Jobs in the Water Industry
- Activating Change for the Environment
- The Alexandria Environmental Action Plan
We are including a
Bike Rodeo at this year’s Alexandria Earth Day event to help youth improve
their cycling skills and safety practices while having fun navigating a “rodeo”
course of bicycling stations under supervision. The Bike Rodeo will run from 10
to noon and is open to all children ages 5 to 12 with some riding
experience. Helmets are required and will be available to borrow or purchase. Children
are encouraged to bring their own bikes, some loaners will be available. For information about bike rodeos,
please see https://alexandriabpac.wordpress.com/active-youth/bike-rodeo-guidelines/
Bike to see recent or planned infrastructure projects designed to improve Alexandria's water, air, and quality of life. There will be two bike rides, beginning and ending at Earth Day, so that you can pick which ride works best for you. These family-friendly rides are organized by Alexandria's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and are open to everyone.
The 9:30 am. ride will go through the Potomac Yard and Del Ray neighborhoods. Along the way, we'll discuss projects like the creation of the Potomac Yard Trail, the future Potomac Yard metro station, the Four Mile Run stream bank restoration project, the planned Mount Jefferson traffic garden, and the Simpson community garden. Details and registration at http://bit.ly/EarthDayAMride.
The 1:00 p.m. ride will go through the Old Town North and Old Town neighborhoods. Along the way, we'll learn about projects like the protected bike lane on Abingdon Drive, the planned linear park in Old Town North, the River Renew project that will solve Alexandria's combined sewer system issues, and the planned extension of the Old Cameron Run Trail. Details and registration at http://bit.ly/EarthDayPMride.
2019 Alexandria Earth Day Youth Activities
This year's event will include opportunities for community youth to demonstrate their knowledge, creativity and commitment to Earth Day principles and this year's theme Climate Change -Take Action. A summary of each contest is provided below. Links to the downloadable contest guides and entry forms are provided below each summary.
Public Service Announcement Contest
Students may create audio PSA (public service announcement) related to this Earth Day theme of taking action to reduce the harmful effects of climate change. Be creative; the field is wide open to the imagination of the students. Teachers should encourage their students to create PSAs from their own understanding of climate changes and actions that can be taken against it.
Art Display Contest
Students may create a three-dimensional visual art display related to this year’s Earth Day theme of taking action to help reduce the negative effects of climate change. Be creative; the field is wide open to the imagination of the students. Teachers should encourage their students to create displays/art work from their own understanding of what it means to take action again climate change.
Trashin' Fashion Show
Students should create fashion items related to this Earth Day theme by choosing to re-purpose old materials. Be creative; the field is wide open to the imagination of the students. Teachers should encourage their students to create fashion from their own understanding of what it means to re-purpose an article of clothing, or create a fashion accessory from discarded items.
Calling All Scouts and Kids of All Ages! - Get Involved and Earn a Badge
Volunteer two hours or more in the activities from our Climate Change-Take Action idea list to earn your free Alexandria Earth Day badge!
- Volunteer at Alexandria Earth Day on April 27; opportunities are available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m
- Participate in the Trashin’ Fashion Show at Alexandria Earth Day on April 27 (Read the contest guidelines and enter
- Participate in an educational tour or field trip at one of the following locations:
* Alexandria Renew Enterprises education center
* Jerome "Buddie" Ford Nature Center
* Covanta Waste-to-Energy Plant (call 703.370.7722, ext. 1613 to request)
* Upcycle Creative Reuse Center
- Participate in a shoreline cleanup: Sign up for the April 13 Potomac Watershed Cleanup
- Organize a drive to collect and donate used goods to an Alexandria-based organization
- Volunteer at a farmer's market composting station (ages 10+); contact Josh Etim, at firstname.lastname@example.org to request
- Write environmental advocacy letters to elected officials or speak at an event
Once you've completed the required hours, please fill out the Earth Day Badge Program form and mail or email it to:
UpCycle Creative Reuse Center
Attn: Earth Day Badge Program
1100 Wythe St. #25334
Alexandria, VA 22313