Earth Day is right around the corner, which means we’re seeing green. South Jersey has tons of activities and eco-friendly volunteer opportunities all weekend long to help you celebrate the planet.
Earth Day Fair
Cape May County Park and Zoo
707 Route 9 North, Cape May Court House
Hang out with the animals during this green fair at Cape May County Park and Zoo. The day kicks off with a 5K and 1-mile run beginning at 8:30 am, followed by live music, nature walks, yoga and food vendors until 4 pm. Registration for the 5K or fun run is $20 in advance or $25 the day of. Admission to the fair is free. For more information, call 609-465-5271 or visit the website.
Palmyra Cove Nature Park
1335 Route 73 South, Palmyra
Help spruce up the beach at Palmyra Cove Nature Park during its beach clean-up. The volunteer activity is free to join and runs from 9 am to 4 pm. Buckets and gloves will be provided. Registration is required. For more information, call 856-829-1900 or visit the website.
Earth Day Celebration
Smith’s Woods Area
39 East Railroad Avenue, Eastampton Township
Learn how to compost, take home a frog-themed craft, and check out a wetland and amphibian-themed nature walk and talk during this celebration. The event is free and runs from 10 am to 3 pm. Call 609-265-5858 for more information, or visit the website.
Earth Day Clean Up
120 West Whitesbog Road, Browns Mills
Join fellow volunteers to clean up the historic village from 10 am to 2 pm. Trash bags and gloves will be available at the general store, and volunteers will walk through the trails, bogs and village to collect left-behind trash. For more information, visit the website.
Winslow Township Municipal Building
125 Route 73, Hammonton
This year’s green fair is packed with activities like arts and crafts for kids, an unwanted household goods collection, nutrition tips, and more. The free fair runs from 10 am to 2 pm. For more information, call 609-567-0700 or visit the website.
Haddon Township Go Green Event
MacArthur Boulevard & West Crystal Lake Avenue, Haddonfield
Clean out your closets before you head out for these festivities, because collections for medicines, blankets, towels, electronic equipment and more used items will be running all day. The event also features a bug and reptile program, compost demonstrations, and other green activities from 10 am to 2 pm. For more information, visit the website.
Washington Township Municipal Building Parking Lot
523 Egg Harbor Road, Sewell
Make your home a little more bird friendly by attending Washington Township’s Build-a-Birdhouse Workshop. Each birdhouse costs $13.50 (paid by check or exact change) and participation is limited. The workshop runs from 11 am to 1 pm. Attendees are asked to bring a hammer, safety goggles, pencil, ruler and a #2 square-drive screwdriver if they have them. For more information, visit the website. To register, call 856-589-0520, ext. 287.
27th Annual Earth Day Festival
6700 Delilah Road, Egg Harbor Township
Celebrate Earth Day with yoga sessions, animal programs and free workshops, including making rain barrels and gardening for butterflies. There will also be live music and food vendors on hand, and recycling-themed awards will be presented in the morning. The free festival runs from 10 am to 4 pm, but you can get an early start at the 5K. The run starts at 8:30 am and costs $20 per person (free for children 5 and under). Participants must register for the 5K by April 21 at 3 pm. For more information, visit the website.
Earth Day at Appel Farm
457 Shirley Road, Elmer
Join in the Earth Day fun with activities like mosaic mural making, egg carton crafts and planting in the Butterfly Garden. Guests can also enjoy live music, dancing and food at the free event, which runs from noon to 4 pm. For more information, call 856-358-2472 or visit the website.
Celebrate the Earth
Rancocas Nature Center
794 Rancocas Road, Westampton
Rancocas Nature Center invites you to celebrate Arbor Day and Earth Day during one nature-filled event. Start with the Hunt for Historical Clues Hike at 12:30 pm, then enjoy the John Courtney Memorial Birding Hike (bring your own binoculars!) at 2:30 pm. There will also be coloring for all ages and light refreshments available for purchase. The free event runs from noon to 4 pm. For more information, call 609-261-2495 or visit the website.