Ways to Celebrate the Earth

Apr 17, 2018
April 22nd is Earth Day! Here are a few ways you can celebrate the earth, today and every day!

by Marina Heppenstall


April 22nd is Earth Day! Our annual day to celebrate our planet and demonstrate support for conservation. We love Earth Day because it reminds us to keep working to conserve and protect land for wildlife and future generations. Here are a few ways you can celebrate the earth, today and every day:

 

  1. Volunteer! We couldn't do the work we do without our dedicated volunteers! Volunteer for the earth and make a real difference with your hands. We have a variety of upcoming projects where we could use your help. Lend a hand pulling invasive weeds at our Earth Day work party, help with the Hindman Springs Restoration Project, or help remove old fencing to keep wildlife safe.  

 

  1. Join us on a hike! Photo: Tyler Roemer
    Join us on a hike! Photo: Tyler Roemer
    Take a hike.
    Start your spring off right with a guided outing at a Land Trust Preserve. Whether it's birding, a geology hike, or an early season wildflower walk, we've got something for you! Check out our complete Walk + Hike calendar to find your perfect outing. Don't want to be part of a group? Our trails at Whychus Canyon Preserve, Metolius Preserve, Camp Polk Meadow Preserve, and Indian Ford Meadow Preserve are open to the public so you can enjoy them on your own. 

 

  1. Practice Leave No Trace Principles.  In 2015, the Forest Service hauled more than 700 pounds of trash out of the Three Sisters Wilderness and buried 500 piles of human waste. Hiking, biking, and backpacking all have an impact on the environment, but we can minimize our impacts by practicing Leave No Trace Principals. Visit the Leave No Trace website for more information.

  2. Join a Nature Journaling workshop with the Land Trust! Photo: Kolby Kirk
    Join a Nature Journaling workshop with the Land Trust! Photo: Kolby Kirk
    Slow down and connect with nature.
    Don't get us wrong, we love a good heart-pumping hike, but slowing down and observing your surroundings can help you appreciate nature in a whole new way. Take one of our Nature Journaling classes, outdoor art classes, or join a walking meditation through Indian Ford Meadow Preserve.


  3. Make your backyard wildlife friendly. Large pieces of land are not the only places to practice conservation. Even your backyard can be an important place for birds, pollinators, and other wildlife. Planting native plants, avoiding the use of pesticides, managing stormwater runoff, and removing invasive weeds from your property can all help make your yard more sustainable.  The National Wildlife Federation's Garden for Wildlife Program has resources to help you create a sustainable garden that helps wildlife. If you are in the Portland area, the local Audubon society and Columbia Land Trust have partnered to create a similar Backyard Habitat Certification Program.


  4. Eat local. Spring is here and local produce is starting to become available! Join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), a subscription-based program to get fresh produce each week, or buy the best meat you have ever tasted from a local rancher. The High Desert Food and Farm Alliance has great resources on local food.


  5. Rethink food waste. Food waste comprises about a quarter of what ends up in the Deschutes County landfill. That's (literally) nuts! Producing, packaging, and transporting food, as well as the decomposition of wasted food in landfills, all contribute greenhouse gasses to the atmosphere. Furthermore, a lot of fresh water is wasted to grow food that ends up in the trash. Join the Environmental Center to tackle food waste and take the 4-week Rethink Food Waste Challenge this May!


  6. Bike or walk to work. Bike or walk to work. Warmer weather is the perfect opportunity to dust off your bike and enjoy a ride to work! Commute Options has some great resources on alternative modes of transportation. Your employer may already be a part of their Partner Rewards Program where you can win gift certificates to local businesses for walking, biking, carpooling, or riding the bus!

 

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