2013 Earth Day Events in San Mateo County

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Earth Day -- April 22 -- each year marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.

Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, proposed the first nationwide environmental movement. On April 22, 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment. Denis Hayes, the national coordinator, and his youthful staff organized massive coast-to-coast rallies.

Earth Day 1970 achieved a rare political alignment, enlisting support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, farmers, and labor leaders. The first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species acts.

Sen. Nelson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom -- the highest honor given to civilians in the United States -- for his role as Earth Day founder.

Earth Day is a time to celebrate the wonders of the natural world. It is a time to reflect on the importance of nature in our everyday lives and it is a time to get involved in local efforts to preserve the environment. In San Mateo County you will find many opportunities to make a difference. All events listed are free to the public unless otherwise stated.

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Be Seen Keepin' It Clean Earth Day Event
April 19, 20 and 24

Students along with family members, school staff, and community volunteers will walk to school together and pick up litter along the way. This is a way for young people to take action to beautify their neighborhoods and become educated about pollution prevention, resource conservation, and health.

The County of San Mateo RecycleWorks Program and the San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program are working together with San Mateo County Office of Education Safe Routes to Schools Program to promote and support this event in approximately 40 schools throughout the County.

For more information please call Daina Lujan at 650-802-5306 or email dlujan@smcoe.k12.ca.us.

National Environmental Education Week
April 14-20, 2013

National Environmental Education Week is the single largest organized environmental education event in the United States. It increases the educational impact of Earth Day by creating a full week of environmentally-themed lessons and activities in K-12 classrooms, and off site locations. This year, the focus is on the world's oceans.

Register to participate.

Growing Your Own Organic & Sustainable Garden Workshop
Thursday, April 18, 7 - 9 pm
Millbrae Library Community Room

Learn how to grow a bountiful vegetable garden. From planting bed preparation to starting seedlings, you will discover the steps to starting a summer vegetable garden in a chemical free and more sustainable manner. The workshop will include a planting project to take home to help you start your garden! Attend and enter a raffle for a free compost bin and vegetable starts!

More information. or call 259-2339

Earth Day @ Shoreway
Saturday April 20, 10 am - 2 pm
San Carlos

Tours, music, raffle, giveaways, food, art, free compost for residents while supplies last and lots more!

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Belmont Earth Day
Saturday April 20, 9 am - noon

Join your family, friends and neighbors for Belmont Public Works' 2nd Annual Earth Day Event at Twin Pines Park. Participate in one of many recycling activities; Clean up Belmont waterways; Drop by the informational booths and exhibitors.

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Pacifica Beach Coalition Earth Day
Saturday April 20, 9 am - 3 pm

Lend a hand during clean up and restoration activities happening at sites throughout Pacifica.  Together we can keep our parks, neighborhoods, and shorelines clean, safe, and beautiful for everyone!

This year's event honors the Sharks of the Sea because most shark species are threatened by finning, long line fishing, and environmental challenges.   

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San Bruno Mountain State and County Park Invasive Weed Removal
Saturday April 20, 10 am - 12:30 pm

Join San Bruno Mountain Watch for a day of removing invasive plants in the park. Bring water and sun protection, wear sturdy shoes and layered clothing. Tools and gloves will be provided.  

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Marine Science Institute's Earth Day on the Bay
Saturday April 20, 10 am - 5 pm
Redwood City

Celebrate sea life with music, dancing, arts & crafts, outrigger canoe paddling and boat rides on the bay (registration required for voyages aboard the Robert G. Brownlee). 

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Earth Day at CuriOddyssey (formerly Coyote Point Museum)
Sunday, April 21, 10 am - 5 pm
San Mateo

Uncover the tools you need to understand our changing world! Experiment with scientific instruments, learn about honeybees, watch falcons fly, and more. The cleanup is from 10 - noon.

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Going Native Garden Tour
Sunday April 21, 10 am - 4 pm
Santa Clara Valley, and San Mateo Peninsula

This community-based tour of gardens featuring California native plants is free of charge to the public. Each tour features 40-70 gardens, most of them private home gardens, which are open on tour day in a do-it-yourself, open house format.

Find out more and register.

Millbrae Arbor & Earth Day Event
Saturday, April 27, 10 am - noon

Central Park (on Palm Avenue), Millbrae

Activities include planting trees and flowers, picking up litter, and helping with other park improvements. Refreshments provided.

For more information or call 259-2339.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Event
Saturday, April 27, 10 am - 2 pm
San Carlos

San Carlos Library parking lot, 610 Elm Street, San Carlos. 

Please put pills in a zip lock bag and recycle the empty containers.

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North Fair Oaks Be Seen Keepin' It Clean
Saturday, June 1, 9 am - noon
Community of North Fair Oaks

Be Seen Keepin' It Clean with friends and neighbors!

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