*Make it a no-drive day. Do any errands by walking or biking if you can! Plan your route and calculate mileage and your speed.
*Earth Day can be Compost Day. Create a compost system on your property to reduce trash, reuse kitchen and lawn waste, and produce great fertilizer for your garden. Have kids help with the planning and measuring.
*Do a donation drop off. Find items from your home that you no longer need or use, and schedule a pick up from a charity. These items will avoid the landfill, find new homes, and help your community at the same time. How many pounds of trash are you saving?
*Plant some trees or seeds! Observe sun patterns on your property and plant accordingly. Calculate how much dirt and mulch you’ll need in planting, and make a watering schedule to give your trees and plants a strong start. This Earth Day celebration will last all summer with proper care.
*Make family resolutions. Have each member of the family make a resolution that will help the earth. Include a few that the whole family will work toward, and make a graph or visual aid to track your success.
*Get kids involved in service. Helping the community isn’t just for grownups! Kids can volunteer to help with beautification efforts in the neighborhood or at animal shelters. Having a larger sense of purpose will help kids see that what they do affects others, as well as their planet.