Caring for the Earth is more important than ever. Friday, April 22 is Earth Day, and instilling a love of nature in your children can be interactive and inspiring thanks to special events happening in both Chicago and New York.  Here are a few of our picks for the best places to celebrate Earth Day.

CHICAGO

Earth Day Celebration at Union
On Saturday, April 23 from 10am to noon, enjoy some complimentary family fun time and give back to Mother Nature. At Union Park, you’ll be volunteering to beautify the park by cleaning up with the community. Earth Day tools will be provided. No need to register, just add it to your calendar.

Earth Day at Sand Ridge Nature Center
Earth Day Jeopardy, anyone? Games like this one and interactive activities for everyone in your family are slated for April 23 from 10am to 3pm at the Sand Ridge Nature Center. Puppet shows and outdoor hikes will be held to mark the eco-occasion. All activities are free and no prior registration required,  just add it to your calendar.

Earth Day Walk at Chicago Botanic Garden
Enjoy a special (and complimentary) guided tour through McDonald Woods in Chicago’s Botanic Garden. You’ll learn about a variety of spring wildflowers and the restoration that is currently underway. The walk lasts 45 min. to an hour on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at 1pm. Meet at the “What’s in Bloom” cart in front of the Visitor Center when you arrive. No prior registration is necessary. For additional details, visit chicagobotanic.org.

NYC

Earth Day 5K Green Tour
Friday, April 22, 2016 is the second annual Earth Day 5K Green Tour – from 9am – noon – raising money for our year-round environmental education program. Attendees will participate in a walking tour of great sites in the city, such as the Lowline (the world's first underground park), a natural food cooking school, as well as a sneak peak of a new nature documentary. Lunch is provided. 

“Seeds of Time” Screening and Discussion
The New York Botanical Garden is in full bloom this Friday, celebrating Earth Day with a screening of the documentary "Seeds of Time." A discussion – with the film's star, agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler, and director, Sandy McLeod – will follow, as well as guided tours of the garden and a composting workshop. The showing lasts from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and pricing is as follows: $20-25 for adults, $18-22 for seniors and students, $8-10 for children 2-12 and FREE for children under 2. All activities are located at 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx. Purchase tickets here.

GreenThumb Gardening Workshop: Beneficial Insects
Anyone can learn to earn a green thumb at this Friday’s Earth Day workshop. Located at City Hall Garden in City Hall Park (Chambers and Centre streets), you and your entire family can learn about the insects that help gardens grow and even bring home a few critters for your own garden. This free event lasts from 1 to 4 p.m., and no prior registration is required. Additional details, including contact information, can be found here.

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