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Earth Week 2023 Events
Apr 16 – Apr 22
Join the more than 1 billion people worldwide taking action to “invest in our planet” in honor of Earth Day this year! Below is a list of family-friendly activities offered by the City of Bellingham during the week of April 16-22 (and beyond) in celebration of Earth Day. Earth Day is Saturday, April 22.
Volunteer at a Work Party to Restore Habitat
Saturday, April 22
Join the City, WWU LEAD, Whatcom Million Trees Project, and Washington Trails Association for a work party at the Sehome Arboretum on Earth Day. We will plant native plants and remove invasive ones. Tools, gloves, Woods coffee, and Papa Johns pizza are provided. Please register in advance – spots are limited!
Screen Print a Reusable Bag for the Planet
Saturday, April 22
Show the Earth some love by screen printing a reusable bag in celebration of Earth Day. Stop by the Lightcatcher Art Studio to explore the process of screen printing while making your own bag, then use markers to embellish it with your own designs. Take home a one-of-a-kind work of reusable art that perfectly fits your vibe! All ages welcome.
Make Recycled Art Inspired by Frances Ferdinands
Wed.-Sun., April 19-23
Frances Ferdinands is a Sri Lankan-born Canadian artist whose art expresses her concerns for social and environmental topics. Drop in to the FIG Art Studio to use a variety of recycled materials to tell your own story through collage art inspired by Ferdinands.
Submit Climate Action Photos in a Competition
Photographers of all ages and skills can participate in the annual Essence of Bellingham Photo Competition. One of the available awards is the Climate Action Award, which honors images that capture community actions to address climate change and its impacts. Entries are due Monday, May 1, 2023. Photo by Rochelle Perry (2022 Climate Action Award winner).
“Check Out” a Washington State Park
Backpacks with a limited-edition Discover Pass are available to be checked out at the Bellingham Public Library for two weeks at a time. The Discover Pass allows free parking at Washington State Parks. The backpack includes a set of binoculars, three field guides, and a map of all Washington State Parks.
Take a Self-Guided Stormwater Discovery Tour
Follow the path of rain after it falls! Explore our urban and parkland areas on five self-guided tours while learning how we keep the water clean, filter out pollutants, and prevent flooding. Let our mobile-friendly site be your guide with maps, historical photos, and underground drawings.