The 8 Best Places to Celebrate Earth Day in Kansas!

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22 worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. The first Earth Day celebrations were held in America in 1970, and today Earth Day actives are scheduled throughout April in more than 193 countries each year. In Kansas, there are plenty of opportunities to reuse, recycle, repurpose year-round! But it’s an extra-special thing on Earth Day. Here are eight great places to celebrate. 

1. Party on the Planet, Sedgwick County Zoo, Wichita, KS

Everyone is invited to Sedgwick County Zoo’s “Party for the Planet” event. Hosted two days before the traditional Earth Day, party goers will participate through “hands-on” activities and inter-active exhibits and learn how to take care of our planet. The day’s activities are focused on elementary students, but adults will enjoy the event activities too. Admission is free. 

2. Earth Day Parade & Celebration, Lawrence, KS

Lawrence, Kansas’ Annual Earth Day Parade & Celebration is a can’t-miss event. Come celebrate sustainable living, learn how to create your own compost and pick up tips on recycling. Discover ways to save energy and preserve the land, wildlife and habitat management. Enjoy live music, local foods, exhibits and children’s activities. Spend the day and admission is free.

3. Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration, Gardner, KS

Come celebrate Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, with the Gardner Parks and Recreation Department. Everyone is asked to join in a group clean-up of the Gardner Greenway Corridor. Then relax and enjoy tree planting demonstrations and tree giveaways and other prizes. Stay for a free barbeque lunch and renew your commitment to saving our planet.

4. Earth Day Celebration, Lee Richardson Zoo, Garden City, KS

“The Lee Richardson Zoo’s Earth Day Celebration has a different theme every year, keeping its guests interested and coming back for more! The public and local school students will participate in recycle, reduce and reuse activities, demonstrations and games. A great place to celebrate Earth Day.

5. Earth Day, Cross Timbers State Park, Yates Center, KS

This Earth Day celebration is sponsored by Kansas’ OK Kids Day program and presented by the Kansas Wildscape Foundations. Area school students will enjoy outdoor special events planned throughout the park. The park is located 12 miles west of Yates Center in southeast Kansas.

6. Earth Day Celebration, Sunset Zoo, Manhattan, KS

The Sunset Zoo in Manhattan is planning to observe its annual Earth Day with a “Party for the Planet” celebration.  Check out the Zoo’s website for specific details and plan to share in Earth Day events with amazing animals all day, rain or shine!

7. Prairie Village Earth Fair, Prairie Village, KS

This fair is an annual event and a collaboration between the Prairie Village Environment Committee and the Prairie Valley Recycle Committee held at Shawnee Mission East High School. This event is open to the public and commemorates Earth Day and is a great way to increase understanding, provide information, and celebrate nature and the environment we live in.

8. Recycling Extravaganza, Overland Park, KS

The community of Overland Park, Kansas is celebrating Earth Day by hosing another Recycling Extravaganza. Local community members are urged to recycle various materials on Earth Day. A good recyclables list can include— confidential papers for shredding, clothing and housewares, usable building materials, electronics, bicycles, fluorescent light bulbs, gently used shoes, durable medical equipment, musical instruments, fabric and notions, books, eyeglasses and garden tools.

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