1. Plant a tree. Plant a new tree in your yard, or if you don't have a spot for a tree, you can have the National Arbor Day foundation plant one in a forest on your behalf.
2. Go on a hike and celebrate the beauty that the Earth provides you everyday. Here are some tips for hiking with children to help you enjoy the process.
3. Learn about composting and set up a compost bin. KidWorldCitizen has some great information to get you started, plus fun information to help teach your kids all about composting. You can also check out HowToCompost.org or the EPA's information about composting at home. It will help reduce waste in our landfills and if you decide to do #7, you'll have some fantastic free fertilizer to help those plants grow.
4. Brainstorm ways that your family can do more in helping the Earth. Do you need to turn off the lights more often? Can you recycle more? Can you replace paper items with cloth, such as napkins?
5. Observe wildlife. Learn about what animals need from us to live and remain in their environment. Can we do more to help them? You are never to old or too young to enjoy observing wildlife. It can be something as simple as watching a backyard bird feeder out your window. Here are a few tips to help you teach your young children how to observe nature.
6. Save up your pocket change or donate some of your allowance and send a donation to an organization that helps protect the Earth and the creatures that call it home. The World Wildlife Fund, the National Arbor Day Foundation, and The National Audobon Society are some possible organizations.
7. Plant a garden. Try to grow your own vegetables this year. Not only will you be eating healthier, but you'll be reducing your carbon footprint. If you don't have room for a garden, grow some potted herbs on your windowsill. And if you really don't have a green thumb, vow to shop at your local farmer's market more this year. There really is nothing better than garden-fresh vegetables.
8. Clean up your neighborhood, or a park. Take a walk through the neighborhood and pick up trash. Or, clean up a local park. Believe me, your neighbors will appreciate it, and who knows, maybe you'll inspire someone else to do their part.
9. Go on a microsafari in your own yard. You will be amazed to discover everything that is growing in your yard. Grab your magnifying glass and get up close and personal with your yard. See the details at Go Explore Nature.
10. Remake, reimagine, recycle. Is there something heading to the trash that you can remake into something else? Turn old jeans into fun aprons like these from Happy Hooligans. Or, you can turn old tank tops into reusable market bags, like these from Making Lemonade. What else can you remake? You can find plenty of ideas on Pinterest!
The best part about these ideas is that they're not just for Earth Day. You can do them any day of year. So why not make Earth Day everyday?
What are some ideas you would add to the list?