National Parks Week, Native Plant Sales, and More Earth Day Events

Lots of green green events happening this month in honor of Earth Day. From Native Plant Sales to National Parks Week, opportunities to get out and involved abound!

National Parks Week
April 21 – 29
The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation are teaming up to host National Park Week, during which you can enjoy free admissions to all 397 national parks.
Details: National Parks Week


Long Branch Nature Center Spring Native Plant Sale
April 21, 1 3 p.m.
This cash-only sale will feature spring and summer bloomers, ferns, vines, and shrubs, the majority of which are propagated on site. Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington, VA 22204
Details: Long Branch Nature Center Plant Sale


Master Gardener Plant Clinic at the National Arboretum
April 21, 10 a. m. – 12 p.m.
Near Visitor Information center
Got lawn and garden questions? Bring them to the Arboretum where D.C. Master Gardeners will assist you with diagnosis of and solutions to plant problems. For best results with disease, pest, and identification questions, bring in a good-sized, live sample of the plant material.
Cost: Free!
Details: National Arboretum


United States Botanic Garden Celebrates Earth Day
April 20, 10 a.m. 2 p.m.
The U.S. Botanic Garden will celebrate Earth Day with an open house featuring representatives of environmental organizations throughout the region. Participants can enjoy cooking demonstrations featuring local foods and fresh ingredients, learn how to become an active environmental steward and particpate in activities.
Cost: Free!
Details: U.S. Botanic Garden Earth Day Open House


Alexandria Earth Day
April 21, 10 a.m. 2 p.m.
The City of Alexandria will celebrate Earth Day with it’s annual celebration at Ben Brenman Park. The event will include the second annual trash-ion show featuring Alexandria public school students, educational exhibits, demonstrations, and hand-on activities for children, a tree sale and more! Come visit us at the Patch booth.
Cost: Free!
Details: Eco-City Alexandria


Earth Day Party for the Planet at the National Zoo
April 22, 11 a.m. 3 p.m.
The National Zoo will celebrate Earth Day with activities the whole family will enjoy. Visitors can: learn how to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, recycle old cell hones, meet the zoo’s green team, make eco-crafts, watch animal demonstrations featuring recycled items, enjoy music produced using handmade instruments from locally grown gourds and more!
Cost: Free!
Details: Earth Day at the National Zoo


Earth Day on the National Mall
April 22, 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Join tens of thousands of environmentally-conscious people along with civic leaders and celebrities for a rally on the Mall. Participants will enjoy speakers, demonstrations, interactive exhibits, music and more.
Cost: Free!
Details: Earth Day on the National Mall


Garden Fair and Plant Sale at the National Arboretum
April 27 – 28
New York Avenue parking lot
The 22nd annual Garden Fair and Plant Sale features new, rare, and hard-to-find plants, garden supplies, used books, children’s activities, refreshments, entertainment, and more. Bring your garden questions to National Arboretum staff members for expert advice. Sponsored by the Friends of the National Arboretum.

*Open to Friends of the National Arboretum, April 27, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., then open to the public
Details: National Arboretum


Parkfairfax Native Plant Sale
April 28, 9 a.m. 2 p.m.
This sale will feature more than a dozen vendors from five states offering native plants for sale.
Details: Parkfairfax Native Plant Sale


Check the event calendards at local and nearby libraries and nature centers for gardening and nature programs and workshops the whole family will enjoy. Many of the offerings are free!

Did we miss any great green events that are taking place this month? Tell us about it in the comments.

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