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Earth Day Events in Orange County

April 22nd is officially the day we celebrate our home, our planet, our Earth. On Earth Day, our environmental issues are promoted in hopes to bring awareness of what we need to do to take better care of our planet.

Earth Day will next be observed on Monday, April 22, 2024.

Earth Day Events In Orange County

Some of the issues brought up during this time are global warming, climate change, pollution and the conservation of water. In addition, many cities hold special events to promote Earth Day. Orange County has several events and if you are looking for a way to celebrate our home, look no further. We have a few suggestions for you.

April 22nd is also a free National Park Day!

Virtual Earth Day Events for 2023

CalRecycle Earth Day Events

Cal State Fullerton’s Virtual Earth Week

Earth Day Live

Earth Day with NASA

Virtual Earth Day Event at Roundhouse Aquarium

National Park Service Celebrates Earth Day

PVPLC Virtual Earth Day Events (In-person events also scheduled)


Aliso Viejo

Earth Day Workshop
Aliso Viejo Community Park (AVCP)
Friday, April 28, 2023 | 4 pm
Ages 5-11

Arbor Day – Earth Day participants will be assisting in the planting of five (5) 24” box California Pepper trees and Twenty (20) twenty-four-inch box Tipuana trees located at just to the East of Field #6 in the open space


Costa Mesa

The CAMP Costa Mesa
April 17 – 22, 2023
2937 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Visit the Camp in Costa Mesa during Earth Week for eco-activities all week long. There will be special, fun activities, workshops, outdoor yoga, live music, and more.

Costa Mesa Earth Day Celebration
City Hall Lawn
77 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa
April 22, 2023
10AM – 2PM

Visit City Hall to celebrate sustainability and being green. See an electric bus and other city-owned electric vehicles on display. Participate in tree planting and check out vendors from OCC’s Recycling Center and Recovery Kitchen, Tesla, IKEA and water and sanitary district leaders. City staff will lead demonstrations of their Green Business Program, solar-powered generators and other equipment, Community Gardens, water quality initiatives, and active transportation projects. Guests will also find a picnic area with food trucks and tables, a yoga zone, kid’s activities, gifts, art displays, and more.


Dana Point

Beach Cleanup & Lunch and Learn
April 22, 2023
9AM – 11AM
Baby Beach & Ocean Institute
24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629

Celebrate Earth Day with a special beach cleanup at Baby Beach and around the Ocean Institute followed by a lunch and learn with guest speakers about organic gardening and the ocean. There will also be a seedling planting project.

Earth Day at the Headlands
Nature Interpretive Center

While no event is currently scheduled for 2023, this is a great place to get out and connect with nature.

Come out for Earth Day At The Headlands for an educational experience, take a trip to the Nature Interpretive Center and learn about Dana Point Headlands and it’s endangered and rare species, water quality and conservation, recycling and history of Dana Point’s Native Americans through a “Journey to the Past.”


Fullerton

Fullerton Arboretum
April 2023

Visit the Fullerton Arboretum, stop by the nature center to pick up a passport, and visit eight discovery stations. When you collect a stamp from each station you can earn a free plant with any plant purchase at the Arboretum’s next sale.

Virtual Earth Month at Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Sustainability
Cal State Fullerton
April 2023

At the Cal State Fullerton Earth Month event, different campus departments and organizations come together and bring their perspectives on sustainability to campus and encourage the community to live a sustainable life.


Huntington Beach

Earth Day Celebration Maker Market
Bella Terra
7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, CA
April 22, 2023

Shop from over 30 vendors and enjoy live music and entertainment, characters, kids games and activities, photo ops, and more!

Earth Day Fun Fair
Bolsa Chica Wetlands
3842 Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA
April 22, 2023
10AM – 2PM

If you are in the Huntington Beach area, visit the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. The Bolsa Chica Earth Day Festival offers FREE family fun for everyone! Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with live animals, learn about pollution and wetland ecology, test the water quality, and much more! Alongside a multitude of educational activity booths, the festival will also include a jump tent and guided tours of the reserve!

Pacific City
21010 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach
April 2023 TBA
10AM – 11AM

Celebrate Earth Day and enjoy a live reptile show hosted by Jurassic Parties. The event will be on level 1 in the blue kids area in front of Sephora. Kids will be able to meet the animals and make a fun craft. Please RSVP to ensure there are enough crafts available.


Irvine

Earth Day Celebration
April 15, 2023
Quail Hill Community Center
39 Shady Canyon Drive, Irvine

Celebrate Earth Day with a guided hike, compost demo, and hands-on interactive activities.


Laguna Niguel

Earth Day Celebration
April 22, 2023
Niguel Botanical Preserve
29751 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel
8:30AM – 11:30AM

Visit the Niguel Botanical Preserve to celebrate Earth Day. Visitors will plant, weed, and clean up areas of the Preserve. Water and light snacks will be available.


Mission Viejo

Earth Day & Arbor Day Celebration
Upper Oso Creek Trail
24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo
April 22, 2023

Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day at Upper Oso Creek Trail. Visitors can learn about environmental programs that are offered by the City and exhibitors at the Green Expo and volunteers will be able to plant new landscapes at the park. Volunteers can enjoy lunch and ice cream while supplies last. Volunteers must submit an application and waiver prior to planting.

The Good Vibe Market Earth Day Celebration
Kaleidoscope Mall (Plaza Level)
27741 Crown Valley Parkway, Mission Viejo, CA 92691
April 21, 2023

Step into Good Vibes and celebrate Earth Day with vendors, music, games, photo ops, and Earth day activities.


Newport Beach

Earth Day at the Bay
Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center
Saturday, April 22, 2023
10AM – 4PM

Take a stand together and show our planet that you care at the Earth Day at the Bay, located in Newport Beach. Environmental partners will be present to show visitors what they can do to help protect and preserve our planet. Booths will have family friendly activities which include arts and crafts, science discovery, and educational information. Participate in the scavenger hunt with the chance to win small prizes.


Rossmoor/Seal Beach

Earth Day Celebration
The Shops At Rossmoor
12501 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach
April 22, 2023
11AM – 1PM

Celebrate Earth Day with an event for the whole family. Kids will enjoy live reptiles, crafts, face painting, and balloon twisting. Participate in a fun planting activity and eco-friendly giveaways. This event will be located near ULTA Beauty. Snap a selfie in front of the Earth Day Display and grab a seed packet or seed paper to plant at home.


San Clemente

Earth Day San Clemente Beach Cleanup
April 22, 2023
622 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente

Kick off the day with a beach clean up at 9AM then enjoy a day at the beach.


Santa Ana

Earth Day Fun
April 22, 2023 (1PM – 4PM)
Main Place Mall
2800 N Main Street, Santa Ana

Bring the family to Center Court for some Earth Day fun! There will be themed giveaways for kids, jumbo Earth Day-themed coloring pillars, and an E-A-R-T-H exhibit made from metal letters and recyclable items to take the perfect selfie! The event is free and open to the public.


Villa Park

Earth Day Celebration
April 22, 2023 (8AM – 12PM)

Participants are encouraged to plant greenery in their back yard or help pick up trash on Villa Park’s trails and walkways. There will be Villa Park Community Services booths located throughout the city awarding prizes for the most trash picked up plus more surprises. Plus, there will be free electronic waste collection pickup and although not related to this event a free compost giveaway will take place at Villa Park High School.


These are just some of the many Earth Day activities taking place in Orange County. Mother Earth has continuously taken care of us, so it’s important to show her how much we appreciate everything she’s done. Let’s dedicate time to spreading awareness of the dangers our planet is undergoing in hopes to promote ways we can better protect our planet and show Mother Earth how much we appreciate her by coming together and celebrating a place that we all love…our home.

Things To Do For Earth Day

  • Visit a nature center to learn more about local wildlife and plant life and find out how you can participate in conservation efforts.
  • Participate in a community clean up at a local park or beach, or organize one yourself with friends and family.
  • Plant a tree or garden.
  • Look for things in your home that can be reused and/or recycled.
  • Explore a wilderness preserve, open space, or regional park.
  • Go out and see wildflowers.
  • Go on a hike and pack out any trash you might find along your way.
  • Learn about composting and set up your own at home.
  • Visit a state or national park.
  • Plant a butterfly habitat or pollinator garden in your yard.
  • Visit an aquarium and learn about marine life conservation.

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Heidi Deal is the author of the Newcomers Handbook to Living In Los Angeles & Orange County, and a children’s book author specializing in history and human rights.