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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 2024

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 2024 | 4 pm
Ages 5-11

Arbor Day – Earth Day: Volunteers can help plant five (5) 24” box California Pepper trees and Twenty (20) twenty-four-inch box Tipuana trees located to the East of Field #6 in the open space.

Costa Mesa

The CAMP Costa Mesa
April 2024
2937 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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

Costa Mesa Earth Day Celebration
City Hall Lawn | 77 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa
Saturday, April 20, 2024 | 10AM – 2PM

Visit City Hall to celebrate sustainability and being green. See a display of city-owned electric vehicles, help plant trees, and check out vendors from OCC’s Recycling Center and Recovery Kitchen, Tesla, IKEA, and water and sanitary district leaders. See Green Business Program demonstrations, solar-powered generators and other equipment, and learn about 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, unique gifts, art exhibits, and more.

Dana Point

Citywide Earth Day Scavenger Hunt
April 1 – 22, 2024

Explore 10 destinations throughout Dana Point to participate in an Earth Day Scavenger Hunt, extending from Salt Creek Beach to Doheny. The scavenger hunt takes visitors on an interactive self guided tour to historical and iconic places throughout the city, using QR codes to learn about the locations and related environmental issues.

Beach Cleanup & Lunch and Learn
Sunday, April 21, 2024 | 8AM – 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 2024, 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.”


Earth Month at Cal State Fullerton’s Center for Sustainability
Cal State Fullerton
April 2024

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

Kids Club Earth Day Celebration
Monday, April 22, 2024 | 10:30AM – 11:30AM
Bella Terra | 7777 Edinger Ave., Huntington Beach, CA

Kids crafts and activities to celebrate Earth Day.

Earth Day Festival
Bolsa Chica Wetlands
3842 Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA
Sunday, April 21, 2024
10AM – 2PM

If you are in the Huntington Beach area, visit the Bolsa Chica Wetlands. The Bolsa Chica Earth Day Festival is a free family event with the opportunity to interact with live animals, learn about pollution and wetland ecology, participate in water quality testing, and more! There will also be educational activity booths to explore and guided tours.

Pacific City
21010 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach
April 2024 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.


Earth Day Celebration
April 2024
Quail Hill Community Center
39 Shady Canyon Drive, Irvine

Celebrate Earth Day with a variety of environmental-themed activities and events throughout the month including cooking workshops, giveaways, guided hikes, and more.

  • April 3, 2024 – Cooking Workshop
  • April 6, 2024 – Compost Giveaway
  • April 13, 2024 – Quail Hill Earth Day Celebration
  • April 27, 2024 – Used oil filter exchange

Sea & Sage Audubon Society Earth Day Celebration
April 14, 2024
San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary | 5 Riparian View, Irvine, CA
9AM – 2PM

Enjoy raptor encounters, participate in seed planting and eco-friendly crafts and activities, and purchase a plant to take home.

Laguna Niguel

Earth Day Celebration
April 20, 2024
Niguel Botanical Preserve
29751 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel
8:30AM – 11:30AM

The Niguel Botanical Preserve celebrates Earth Day with planting, weeding, and cleaning up 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, CA
April 20, 2024 | 8AM – 12PM

Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day at Upper Oso Creek Trail with displays about the city’s environmental programs and Green Expo exhibitors. Volunteers can help with planting and 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 2024

Celebrate Earth Day at the Good Vibe Market with vendors, music, games, photo ops, and activities.

Newport Beach

Earth Day at the Bay
Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center
Saturday, April 20, 2024 | 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.

Earth Day Corona del Mar Beach Cleanup Event
Corona del Mar State Beach
Sunday, April 21, 2024, at 4PM-6PM PST

Rossmoor/Seal Beach

Earth Day Celebration
The Shops At Rossmoor
12501 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach
Sat., April 20, 2024 | 11AM – 1PM

Celebrate Earth Day at The Shops with traveling tidepools, crafts, games, face painting, and balloon twisting. This event is located near ULTA Beauty.

Santa Ana

Me Encanta Santa Ana
Jerome Park | 2115 W McFadden Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92704
April 20, 2024 | 7:30AM – 3PM

This inaugural city event, volunteers from the community can join organizers to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day by participating in various local improvement projects such as clean-ups, garden projects, weeding and tree planting, trail landscaping, painting, and more. The event includes grab and go breakfast, t-shirts for registered volunteers, a concert and community resource fair.

Earth Day Fun
April 20, 2024
(1PM – 4PM)
Main Place Mall | 2800 N Main Street, Santa Ana

Bring the family to Center Court for some free Earth Day fun featuring educational displays for kids, Earth Day-themed crafts and treats, and instagrammable artistic displays made from repurposed items!

Earth Month Activities & Eco Challenge
April 1-30, 2024
Discovery Cube OC | 2500 N Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92705
Included with general admission

Participate in eco challenges and earth-month related activities on select dates during the month of April. Activities may include composting demos, special exhibitors with interactive opportunities, and more.

San Clemente

Earth Day San Clemente Beach Cleanup
April 20, 2024
622 Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente

Kick off the day with a beach clean up at 9AM then enjoy a day at the beach and eco-friendly activities at parque del mar. For more Earth-friendly activities, there will also be an Arbor Day tree planting that you can participate in on April 27th from 9AM – 12PM at Jim Johnson Memorial Park.


Earth Day At Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary
April 20, 2024 | 10AM – 3PM
29322 Modjeska Canyon Road, Silverado, CA 92676

Celebrate Earth Day and our friendly pollinators at Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary with story time, crafts, and games, then learn about hummingbirds, butterflies and other pollinators, and meet some animal ambassadors.

Villa Park

Earth Day Celebration
April 22, 2024 (8AM – 12PM)

Residents are encouraged to plant new greenery in their yards or help clean up Villa Park’s trails and walkways. Villa Park Community Services booths will be located in various spots around the city awarding prizes for the most trash picked up and other surprises. There will also 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 or join a local tree-planting event.
  • 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.
  • Create art with recycled materials.
  • 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.
  • Educate your kids, family or friends about Earth Day and environmental conservation.

Arbor Day

Arbor Day, a day dedicated to planting and preserving trees, is celebrated on April 26. Since trees are so important to the environment, there are many events that combine Arbor Day and Earth Day Celebrations. Here are a few that we know of in the area.

  • Aliso Viejo Arbor Day Celebration (Apr. 26) | Springdale Park
  • Arbor Day Tree Planting | Los Alamitos – Laurel Park: 10862 Bloomfield Ave
  • Arbor Day Celebration | La Palma Central Park: 7821 Walker Street
  • Me Encanta Santa Ana | Jerome Park: 2115 W McFadden Ave
  • Tree Planting in San Clemente (Apr. 27) | Jim Johnson Memorial Park: 560 W Avenida Vista Hermosa

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Heidi Deal
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. When she's not writing you can find her solo hiking and going on new adventures with her kids and pup.