Earth Day

Illustration of a planet made out of park-related shapes with text reading "Earth Day. It's all connected"

NPS / Tyler Walsh

Earth Day is a global celebration on April 22 each year encouraging education and stewardship of the planet's natural resources. Whether in a backyard, neighborhood green space, or a magnificent national park, the National Park Service provides opportunities for everyone to discover and enjoy the physical and psychological benefits that come with spending time outdoors.

Earth Day kicks off our annual National Park Week celebration this year! Join us on social media as we explore the earth sciences and stewardship. Share your Earth Day experiences and favorite memories with parks using #EarthDay and #NationalParkWeek.

Happening This Year

Join in Earth Day

Looking for ways to celebrate Earth Day with us? Here are a few suggestions to get started...

  • Volunteer—Parks across the country host volunteer events on Earth Day. Check the calendar below for events at national parks or volunteer.gov for more volunteer opportunities for Earth Day and any time of year.

  • Learn about earth sciencesExplore nature in national parks to gain knowledge about the planet's incredible resources preserved for current and future generations.

  • Be a steward visiting a park—Each individual person can make an impact preserving earth's resources when visiting national parks, such as using Leave No Trace principles.

  • Conservation at home—Water, lands, and air are all connected. There are many things you can do at home or neighborhood to make an impact protecting nature in parks.

  • For kids—Go on an adventure learning about nature by becoming a Junior Explorer!

What’s “Your Park Story”?

During Earth Day and the first day of National Park Week, we are asking everyone to share your story of a powerful personal connection you have to a place. Is there somewhere very special to you or a sense of place you get when out in nature or volunteering that makes you feel connected with the planet or park?

Discover our "park" stories of National Park Service staff and partners sharing their strong connections to natural places and stewardship. Share your park story about a place connected to women's history on social media using #Earth Day and #MyParkStory.

Calendar of Events

Set the calendar to April to find in-person and virtual events, tours, and other programs hosted by national parks for Earth Day, National Volunteer Week, and National Park Week.

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Want to volunteer? If you are interested in volunteering, please visit Volunteer.gov.

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Last updated: April 12, 2023