Earth Day is a great day to make a difference — here are six ways to celebrate (and be kind to) the third rock from the Sun.
Give to the River
Join the Annual Charles River Cleanup, one of the largest clean-up days in the country, and help protect, beautify, and preserve the river and the miles of Emerald Necklace parkland surrounding it. Whether you’re giving your time to remove trash and invasive species, or making a tax-deductible gift — every little bit helps.
Go Pier to Pier
Take part in Charlestown’s Earth Day celebration on the Harborwalk hosted by Pier 5, a community nonprofit dedicated to socio-ecological equity, justice, and preserving Boston’s public spaces for generations to come. The outdoor event features refreshments, games, live music, and kid-friendly activities.
Help grow the bee population in the city and improve the health of honeybees and other pollinators by becoming an urban beekeeper. Best Bees of Boston can help install and manage a hive in a space as small as 2-feet by 3-feet, on your balcony, porch, backyard, or rooftop. Start now to take full advantage of the summer and fall honey harvesting seasons.
Have a green thumb? This Spring, take to the paths and planting beds of Boston to lend a hand. Volunteer at a “Tuesdays with Roses” event at the Kelleher Rose Garden in the Back Bay Fens or join the FOCCP Horticulture Committee to help maintain the Christopher Columbus Park Rose Garden in the North End.
Hit the Trail
Whether it’s a quick hike after work, or an all-day excursion, there’s almost nothing that brings you closer to nature than some time on the trail. From the Blue Hills Skyline in Quincy to the Middlesex Fells Reservation in Stoneham — nearby options abound for group or solo hikes. Here’s a list of list of 10 trail options within 30 miles of the city.
See It Live
The day after Earth Day, the Emerson Colonial Theatre will host “Our Planet Live in Concert,” based on the Emmy Award-winning Netflix series “Our Planet.” The show will feature spectacular visual and sound effects, on-screen narration from David Attenborough, and a score performed live by a 44-piece orchestra. Tickets start at $35.