Easy Earth Day Activity Ideas

April 22nd is set aside as Earth day. This can mean many things to different people and has gotten a bit politicized over the years. However, in our home, we use it as a day to remember that God gave us stewardship over the earth and a responsibility to care for it. Ultimately God is in control, but we want to show ourselves to be good stewards by doing what we can to care for the earth and its creatures.

There are many ways that we can help our children understand the importance of taking care of this earth on earth day and in our daily lives.

Service Projects

Service is always a great way to help the earth and to help children understand their responsibility for caring for the earth. This could be as simple as taking a walk down your road and picking up the trash that you find, or maybe getting together with a group and picking up trash at a local park.

You could also contact local non-profit agencies such as wildlife rehabilitation centers, community gardens, or state parks to see what volunteer opportunities they have available.

For older students, you could turn it into a bigger school project and have them research an environmental issue and come up with a plan that they can implement to have a positive impact. They could organize a campaign or project to work towards fixing the problem.

Perhaps they coordinate a beach clean-up day, fund raise to help out a local organization, or create a publicity campaign to bring awareness to an endangered animal.

Nature Study

Nature study can be a great way to help children begin to develop an awareness and appreciation for God’s creation. As children spend time studying plants and animals, walking through the woods, and exploring beaches, they begin to appreciate the beauty and wonder of nature. This appreciation can help develop a desire to be a good steward of the earth.

If you are new to nature study, remember that you can start small and it does not have to be elaborate. Simply go for a walk and see what you observe, or take out binoculars and look for birds in your yard.

If you want a few more simple ideas to get started, check out the posts below.

How to Get More Out of Your Nature Walks

Nature Study: Birds

Field Trips

Field trips are always one of our favorite ways to learn about any topic and there are lots of options for earth day. First, check with local places and see if anyone is doing a special earth day celebration.

Even if no one is doing a special celebration, going to your local zoo, aquarium, wildlife rehabilitation center, state or national park, or environmental center can be a great way to celebrate earth day.

They can bring awareness to the many wonderful plants and animals in your environment and possibly to some of the challenges faced by those animals.


Finding simple hands-on activities that you can do at home can be a great way to celebrate and learn. One of the easiest activities is to build a pine cone bird feeder. If you don’t have pine cones there are also fun options with orange peels.

If you have a little more time, planting a garden, creating a space that is friendly to pollinators, or building a birdhouse are great ways to be good stewards.


This is by no means an exhaustive list of things that you can do to celebrate Earth day, but just a few ideas to get you started and help you think about ways you can encourage your children to be good stewards of the Earth.

I would love to hear about how you celebrate and any ideas that you have. Be sure to share your ideas and thoughts in the comments.

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