April 21, 2017- April 29, 2017

Event Type: Environment/Science, Birds/Wildlife, History, Seasonal/Holiday, Volunteer

Earth Week 2017

Dare to be a Force for Nature

Join our special Earth Week programming, and show your support for the earth! The Parks Conservancy—dedicated to fostering a nature-loving community in the Bay Area—is joining forces with the National Park Service, the Presidio Trust, and our local park partners to offer a celebratory week of events, service opportunities, and educational programming. 

Special Earth Week programming will begin on Earth Day (Saturday, April 22) with events planned in all three counties—Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo. Each of the following days will feature a special theme that will be highlighted within our programs and activities.

By coming together, our goal is to create a chorus of support for the earth, for our local parklands and for science that guides our stewardship efforts for these treasured places. Please share your Earth Week stories and photos on social and use #Parks4Earth. Follow our Earth Week adventures on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

Earth Week Volunteers

Here is a list of Earth Week themes and opportunities:

Friday, April 21

Theme: John Muir's Birthday: Reflect and honor current and former environmental heroes (small and large) who inspire us.

Saturday, April 22

Theme: Earth Day: Celebrate the Earth and commit ourselves to its health. Feature and honor scientists and ecologists who support parks and open space.

Events: Join a service project in the Golden Gate National Parks! Register here.

Support beautiful Mt. Tamalpais with Friends of Mt Tam and OneTam partners by joining a service project! Register here.

Participate in the Presidio's annual volunteer Earth Day Celebration! Register here.

Sunday, April 23

Theme: National Park Prescription Day: Parks and Health! Celebrate National Park Prescription Day and the Healthy Parks, Healthy People movement.

Events: Care for the coast and create art at the Create-With-Nature Earth Day Celebration at Stinson Beach. This annual event is great for family, all ages are welcome. 11 am-2 pm, more information here.

Park Prescription Day at Crissy Field, Marin City, and other places around the Bay Area. Join a FREE celebration with activities for all ages and abilities. Activities include Zumba, Tai Chi, Ranger Walks, and more! More information here and RSVP at this facebook page

Nature, Science, and Mindfulness – Guided Hike on Mt Tamalpais with Ranger Rosanna. Meet at the Pantoll Ranger Station at 10:00AM.

Monday, April 24

Theme: The Goldman Environmental Prize: Environmental justice, international environmental movements, and unspoken heroes. To learn about the Goldman Environmental Prize, follow this link to their website.

Events: Support a volunteer program! See what’s happening anytime at this link

Tuesday, April 25

Theme: Drought, water resources, extreme weather events, and climate change

Events: Join a Park Academy class – (1 – 4pm) Soil Health Series: Drought, Climate Change, and Soils. Hear Stephen Andrews (UC Berkeley Professor specializing in soils) discuss climate change and drought through a soils lens, and learn how soil depletion could be a greater human threat than diminished water supplies. Register here.

Wednesday, April 26

Theme: Endangered species with a focus on those in our parklands. More information about Endangered Species in our parklands can be found here.

Events: Participate in the Presidio Native Plant Nursery's weekly drop-in program and get a special viewing of some of the park's rare and endangered species, like the Raven's Manzanita, grown right here in the Presidio! Did you know the Raven's Manzanita was through to be extinct? Join us and register at this link

Thursday, April 27

Theme: Energy, sustainability, waste diversion.

Events: Sustainability Tour of the Crissy Field Center with Tom Odgers 12:30-1:30 pm. Register here

Marin's Climate Goals and Where We Stand Lecture with the Environmental Forum of Marin at the Corte Madera Community Center 7-9 pm. Is Marin on track to meet California's greenhouse gas reduction targets of 15% reductions by 2020, and 80% reductions by 2050? Learn about Marin's Climate Action Plans (CAPs) and where we stand compared to our goals. Register here

Support a volunteer program! See what’s happening anytime at this link.

Friday, April 28 Arbor Day

Theme: Biodiversity in nature and among the scientific community.

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is a part of UNESCO's Golden Gate Biosphere, a distinguished area that encompasses urban, multi-use managed areas, and wildlands that include marine and aquatic ecosystems as well as terrestrial ecosystems ranging from evergreen forests, oak woodlands, chaparral, coastal scrub and prairies, rare serpentine grasslands, as well as coastal and offshore islands. Check out the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary's description of what this means here

Have you ever wondered how diverse the environmental movement is? Check out Green 2.0's report here

Events: Join a Park Academy class – (1–4pm) Botany series: Introduction to Plant ID with Taxonomic Keys. This class in the Botany Series will delve into how to use taxonomic keys to identify plants. Taking the Plant Terminology class is strongly recommended before taking this class. This class will be taught by Brett Stevenson (Ecological Restoration Coordinator), Esperanza Pimentel (Biological Science Technician) and Stacy Jacobsen (Seed Collection Ecologist for Presidio Nursery). Register here.

"Earth was created for all of us, not some of us." - Anthony Douglas Williams

Saturday, April 29

Theme: Climate change, exploration, and Find Your Park!

Events: Join the National Park Service and One Tam 9 am–3 pm for Bioblitz at Homestead Valley. Hone your naturalist skills, learn to use the iNaturalist smartphone app, and contribute valuable data about Mt. Tam's biodiversity. No smartphone? No problem! No experience or special equipment are necessary, just bring your enthusiasm for science and nature. We will be exploring coastal prairie and forested ridges to look for rare species and weeds alike!  Register here

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