Earth Day Events & Activities

Youth art, fashion and PSA contests, a Bike Rodeo, Tent Talks, bike rides, and a badge program are planned for the 2019 Alexandria Earth Day celebration.

Page updated on Apr 18, 2019 at 9:05 AM


Tent Talks

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


Bike Rodeo

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 Rides

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. 

Trashin' Fashion Contest Guide

Trashin Fashion Entry Form

Calling All Scouts and Kids of All Ages! - Get Involved and Earn a Badge

Download the Earth Day Badge Program form

Volunteer two hours or more in the activities from our Climate Change-Take Action idea list to earn your free Alexandria Earth Day badge!

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
info@UpCycleCRC.org 

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