Although it’s been 47 years since more than 22 Americans acknowledged the first Earth Day, scientists and environmentalists believe there is still plenty to be done to protect the planet and its resources.
Earth Day Network’s EarthDay.org lists plenty of ways that you can make an impact on Earth Day and beyond, including ways to reduce your footprint or limit your meat consumption.
Still, if you’re looking to attend an educational and entertaining event to commemorate Earth Day on April 22, there are a few occurring in Atlanta.
Here are three can’t-miss Earth Day events that are family-friendly:
Georgia Aquarium’s “Superhero Day”
Georgia Aquarium’s Earth Day is dedicated to helping children and adults become “superhero(s) of the sea.” The day-long celebration will feature interactive activities from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. These activities will be geared towards educating families on what they can do to help protect marine life.
Bring a kid who is 12 or younger, and dressed in their favorite superhero costume and they’ll receive free admission with an adult ticket.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 22. $29.95-$33.95 (ages 3-12), $32.95-$36.95 (65 and older), $35.95-$39.95 (adults). Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St., Atlanta. GeorgiaAquarium.org.
Atlanta Botanical Garden’s “Earth Day” celebration
The Atlanta Botanical Garden will kick off Earth Day with a series of outdoor family-friendly activities. Witness a Lady Bug release at 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon or watch as the garden’s amphibian specialists feed frogs at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Throughout the day the Great Lawn will host interactive activities giving families a chance to play with plant-based musical instruments or in the Earthworm Petting Zoo, among other things.
10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 22. Free (garden members, children under 3), $15.95 (ages 3-12), $21.95 (adult). Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta. Atlantabg.org.
Inspired by the Women’s March earlier this year, Atlanta’s version of the March For Science is a nonpartisan event hoping to send a strong message regarding the “current administration’s writing off of climate change as a hoax.”
The program will begin at noon with a series of speeches from “science enthusiasts and activist.” The march will begin at 1 p.m., beginning in Candler Park and taking a 2.2-mile route around the Little Five Points area before returning to the park. Atlanta-based scientists will stick around after the march to answer questions.
Noon. April 22. Candler Park Drive, Atlanta. Marchforsienceatlanta.org.