Earth Day (April 22) is the day to educate children — and adults — about the importance of keeping our planet clean. The annual celebration serves as a great opportunity to teach our children about being kind to the Earth and environment, but it’s also fun. This year, several events are on Saturday (even though Earth Day is Sunday) and continues into May when Connolly Ranch hosts one of our favorite annual events, honoring Mother Earth the day before Mother’s Day.

Here’s a list of Earth Day events and activities taking place in Napa Valley:

Eyes and Words to the Land
Wednesdays-Sundays, April 7-May 6, 11 am-4 pm
Napa. Valley Museum, Yountville
Students from St. Helena Elementary received cameras to explore the world around them as embodied in poetry, history, and the natural environment, combining their photos with a poem of their choosing.

Earth Day Themed Crafts
Saturday, April 21. 10 am-noon
Michaels, Napa
They craft, you shop! Kids 3 to 8 can enjoy making an Earth Day themed craft.

BBC “Earth – One Amazing Day”
Saturday, April 21, 11 am-6 pm
Chabot Cosmic Ray Planetary Theater, St. Helena
Experience the wonders of the universe as Chabot scientists teach us about the stars, constellations, and our own planet. The Planetary Theater will be open from 11 am-6 pm with showings every hour.

AmCan by the Bay – Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 21, 10 am-2 pm
Napa River Bay Trail, American Canyon
Celebrate Earth Day and our connection to the water and learn simple ways to help improve ocean health. Enjoy free activities, informational booths, live entertainment, children’s area, and food for purchase. Napa-Solano Audubon will be leading a native-plant restoration activity adjacent to the parking lot, building on the plantings that were installed last year. The goal is to increase the native plants available for songbirds, for cover, fruit and seeds.

Earth Day Napa
Sunday, April 22, 11 am-4 pm
Earth Day Volunteer Napa. River Litter Cleanup is from 9-11 am
Oxbow Commons, Napa
Don’t miss out on this special day of family fun featuring live music provided by BottleRock, nature-based games and activities from local organizations, see student projects, exhibitor booths, food-trucks, and more. Connolly Ranch and Camp Ursa Major will each be hosting special zones just for kids.

Connolly Ranch Earth Night Festival
Saturday, May 12, 4-10 pm
Connolly Ranch, Napa
Connolly Ranch is hosting its 4th annual Earth Night, a springtime festival and fundraiser celebrating arts, music, movement and nature. Moving the event from April to the eve of Mother’s Day, this year’s highlights include an Animal Parade, telescopes with stargazing guide, and our favorite aerial, dance and fire performances. Plus, all ages will enjoy live music, farm tours, nature hikes, arts & crafts and more.

Photo courtesy of Earth Day Napa.