PLA Members Earth Day Round-Up

By Katie Cavanaugh-Smith posted 04-22-2024 01:18 PM


As Earth Day swept across the nation, nonprofit members of the Public Lands Alliance banded together to host a myriad of events aimed at celebrating and preserving our planet. From California to Alaska, these organizations showcased their commitment to environmental stewardship through a diverse array of activities. Let's take a closer look at some of the highlights from these Earth Day festivities!

The Southern California Mountains Foundation took part in multiple Earth Day events, including a collaborative effort with the Urban Conservation Corps to recycle used tires and electronic waste in Muscoy and Bloomington. Additionally, they joined forces with over 20 local organizations at the Big Bear Discovery Center for a celebration featuring environmental education programs, crafts, and nature walks. Attendees even had the opportunity to explore the vibrant pebble plains belly flower blooms at the Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve.

In Colorado, Friends of the Front Range hosted a free community Earth Day event filled with nature-based crafts, ferret exhibit viewing, suction cup archery, face painting, and more.

Down in Florida, Ding Darling Wildlife Society organized a lively 'Ding' Darling Day Conservation Carnival at Lakes Park in Fort Myers. The carnival featured a wide range of outdoor activities, including carnival games, archery, rock climbing, and Earth Day crafts.

Independence Historical Trust spearheaded an Earth Day clean-up day at Philadelphia's National Park, promoting community involvement in preserving our shared natural heritage.

Alaska saw a flurry of Earth Day celebrations, with Denali Education Center hosting a festive event complete with free food, live music, and educational presentations. Alaska Geographic, on the other hand, participated in an Earth Day fair, showcasing their award-winning publication collaboration, "The Land We Share: A Love Affair Told in Hunting Stories."

From the peaks of Acadia to the trails of Redwood Parks, Friends of Acadia and Redwood Parks Conservancy organized clean-up efforts to rid their respective landscapes of winter's accumulated debris. These events not only beautified the surroundings but also fostered a sense of community and stewardship among participants.

Meanwhile in Georgia, Ocmulgee Mounds Association engaged their audience with a playful social media series called "What on Earth," offering insights into Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park.

As Earth Day comes to a close, it leaves behind a trail of inspiration and commitment to protecting our planet. Through collaborative efforts and community engagement, these nonprofit organizations demonstrated that every day can be Earth Day when we work together to care for our environment.