In celebration of the weeks around Earth Day, National Environmental Education Week, and the spring season, enjoy a range of free and low-cost family events each day. Earth Day Bouquet offers your family a variety of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, get involved in your local and natural community, and become motivated to make a difference in the health and sustainability of the environment.
Check our events schedule and mark your calendar for a Bouquet of things to do, explore and learn about this Earth Day season.Nature Net Calendar
- Self-guided tours at Aldo Leopold Foundation M-F 10am-4pm.
- Family trailside backpacks free with a Family Membership at Aldo Leopold Nature Center M-F 9am-4pm and Saturday & Sunday 10am-2pm.
- Hike boardwalks at Cherokee Marsh Dawn to dusk seven day a week.
- Climb the observation tower, tour the Wildlife Exhibitor or Logging Museum, and picnic at MacKenzie Center. Trails and grounds open daily, dawn to dusk; exhibits and museums open M-F 10am-4pm.
- Explore the outdoor gardens during extended hours at Olbrich Botanical Gardens. Gardens open daily from 9am-8pm, Bolz Conservatory 10am-4pm.
- Check out the exhibits at the UW Geology Museum – M-F 8:30am-4:30pm, Saturday 9am-1pm.
- Borrow a telescope from the MMSD Planetarium. Free to Madison residents and MMSD teachers, $5 for non-Madison users.
- Tour the grounds at Cave of the Mounds 9am-5pm or catch a tours on the hour starting at 10am on weekdays and every 30-minutes on the weekend.
Join These National Programs
- Project BudBurst – Record your spring nature observations.
- Earth Day Campaign– Campaign to end plastic pollution.
- National Environmental Education Week (April 22-26, 2019) – register your Earth Day project at EEWeek.org.
- Green and Healthy Schools – Get your school to reduce environmental impact and costs and improve environmental and sustainability literacy.
- The 13th Annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference – Monday, April 22nd, 2019: Communities across the country and world are finding themselves faced with opportunities that require novel approaches and collaborative problem-solving, especially as they strive to develop inclusive and sustainable environments. Creativity and innovation, supported by technology and advanced via passionate grassroots engagement, are the tools that are making a difference. Leadership and vision are not tied to geography, income, race, education, or sector. People around the world, of all ages and abilities, are imagining new solutions and affecting real change. Conference sessions will explore the interconnectedness of environmental quality, economic development, social justice, and public health. Speakers will provide a window into how decision-ready science is influencing conservation and corporate leadership and driving innovative responses, adaptations, and solutions to myriad issues, including those affecting agriculture and energy storage, and especially those brought on by climate change.
Let Us Know How You Celebrate!
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