If you’ve been looking for a way to participate in this year’s Earth Day, we have amassed a number of events to choose from. While most of these outings take place on Friday, April 22 (Earth Day), a number take place on Saturday, April 23 and beyond. There are plenty of ways to get involved on 2022, no matter who you are, where you come from, or where you are heading. When it comes to Mother Earth, we are all in the same boat, going the same speed, and heading in the same direction. As the planet continues to spiral out of control, with unprecedented habitat loss, freak storms, environmental catastrophes, etc., we must do our part to help maintain a sense of balance. Participating in Earth Day is a good place to start. And remember, every day is Earth Day.
Join Massachusetts Avenue Project at one of their upcoming Spring Gardening Workshops in collaboration with Urban Roots and Grassroots Gardens. Urban Foraging with Rachel Gottlieb will take place this Saturday, April 23rd at 2 pm. This class is in person at MAP’s Farmhouse. Space is limited, registration is required. Click here to register >
It’s time for spring clean up and our favorite time of year to see old friends and make new ones. Celebrate #NationalVolunteerWeek at the Terminal this Saturday at 11am for a Post Dyngus Day Clean Up! Can’t join this Saturday? There will be another meet-up again on May 21st at 10 am. Check out the event page for more information.
Buffalo Heritage Carousel is extending hours on Earth Day (April 22) to 7pm, so folks can experience the solar powered carousel. The organization will be giving away seeds from the Library, and offering $2 sunflowers in bio-gradable pots for sale. See Facebook event.
This year, WNY Trash Mob and The Tool Library are partnering to organize this year’s City-Wide Earth Day Clean Up Contest on the weekend of Friday, April 22nd- Sunday, April 24th. Learn more here.
Celebrate Earth Day 2022 by purchasing a Habitat & Access Stamp. For each stamp purchased between April 15 and April 30, The DEC will send a collectible Habitat Patron pin and sticker with this year’s featured animal – a bobcat. Revenue generated through stamp sales supports projects that conserve fish and wildlife habitat, and improve public access for outdoor recreation activities. You can buy Habitat & Access Stamps online, or by phone at 1-866-933-2257 (Mon – Fri 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM), or at any License Issuing Agent. Please allow 14 business days for receipt of your Habitat Patron pin and sticker.
Explore & More will be celebrating all things Earth Day, by creating wind-powered cars, climate action-hero comic books, decorating mini planters and filling them with seeds, etc. See this Facebook event for further details.
April 26, 2022, will mark the 200th birthday of Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture. And in celebration of his bicentennial year, the BOPC is hosting the first-ever “Olmsted Week” Friday, April 22 (Earth Day) through Friday, April 29 (Arbor Day), featuring a number of special events and activities including:
Tuesday, April 26 (Olmsted’s Birthday!): The BOPC will host a press conference at Chapin Parkway to celebrate the official proclamations of “Olmsted Day” in Buffalo featuring an original poem read live by local poet laureate, Jillian Hanesworth.
Friday, April 29 (Arbor Day): The BOPC will be at South Park to announce Phase 2 of its South Park Arboretum Restoration project in addition to honoring the late former BOPC board member, Richard Griffin, with The Richard Griffin South Park Arboretum Fund.
The NFTA is unveiling the first Battery Electric Bus (BEB) and state-of-the-art charging station on Earth Day. This project will have a positive impact on the environment and provide more equitable and sustainable transit service in our region.
Southern Tier Brewing Co. at 7 Scott Street will be spreading the love with limited-edition STBC seed coasters that grow wildflowers when you plant them! Free on Earth Day with any draft purchase. See Facebook event for details.
Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper will be hosting its Spring Sweep@MLK Park. Please indicate if you plan to attend via Facebook event page, as they need a headcount for refreshments. Help to minimize plastic bag waste and make data collection a breeze by bringing your own bucket to collect trash in. Meet at the statue and don’t forget to wear your ESBC gear!
The Buffalo Botanical Gardens will be celebrating Earth this year, surrounded by exotic plant life, on Saturday, April 23. Learn from their friends at the Jamestown Audubon Community Nature Center, the Botanical Gardens Horticulture Team, Penn Dixie Fossil Park and Nature Preserve, Girl Scouts of WNY, among others. Help save the bees with Hahn’s Honey Bees, and help decorate the hive that will be home to their first round of rescue bees this year. Speak with a local environmental artist, Alexis Oltmer, and learn about the importance of healthy lawns with the Erie County Environmental Management Council and their Spokesgnome, Frederick Lawn Gnomested! The Botanical Gardens’ Nature Book Drive with the Buffalo Bookmobile is also going on March 21 through April 30, 2022 as a part of the WNY Earth Day Challenge through Erie County. Bring in a book and earn points towards the challenge throughout the whole month! #WNYEARTHDAYCHALLENGE
E-TICKETS ARE REQUIRED for all visitors, including members. Walk-ins may be turned away if our visitor capacity has been met. Please arrive with your E-tickets ready to be scanned. See Facebook event.
The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning has announced the first-ever WNY Earth Day Challenge, created by the Department and partners to encourage residents to celebrate Earth Day by learning about the environment and taking actions locally. The Challenge runs from until April 30, 2022 and features numerous ways for individuals and families to not only learn more about how their activities, designed by area environmental non-profits, but how they can help to protect the environment.
The WNY Earth Day Challenge is a series of themed activities, actions and events that residents can participate in at various locations around WNY throughout the month of April. From see it, to learn it, fix it, do it, or make it – there are ways to participate. For every Challenge Activity completed, participants are entered to win great prizes, including the Grand Prize of a Fuji Mountain Bike, valued at $799, donated by Bert’s Bike & Fitness. Learn more at www.erie.gov/wnyearthdaychallenge
Green Jobs for Earth Day 2022: As part of the 2022 WNY Earth Day Challenge, join PUSH Green for a special Earth Day celebration panel showcasing the wide variety of possibilities in the growing green jobs field. Attendees will hear from all types of sustainability workers who will share their experiences, what led them to green jobs, and pathways to success. Whatever your age, experience level or career stage, you won’t want to miss this – bring all your questions and share this event in all your networks. See Facebook event.
Unity of Buffalo is honored to announce that Allan Jamieson, Sr. will be their Sunday morning guest speaker on April 24 in honor of Earth Day. The service is at 10:00 a.m. and may be attended live, at 1243 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo or viewed at the Unity of Buffalo YouTube Channel, live or as a recording after the service. Allan is a Native American elder who is the Coordinator of Neto Hatinakwe Onkwehowe, a non-profit art and cultural organization based in Buffalo/Niagara Falls, NY. Allan is also currently the President of the Fort Erie, Native Friendship Center, Indigenous Community Center.
Join Historic Linwood Avenue on Saturday, April 23, from 10AM-2PM, at Unity Peace Park for an Earth Day Celebration in the Linwood Preservation District! Featuring:
Neighborhood clean-up in partnership with The WNY Trash Mob, who will be providing bags + gloves for all volunteers.
FREE community market – Give your old items new life by sharing with others, and in-turn, take what you need. Think yard sale, with no cash! Inspired by the Buy Nothing Project. Meet at the gazebo in the park, on Linwood Avenue between W. Ferry & Lafayette, behind Unity of Buffalo, to pick-up cleaning supplies, shop the market or simply meet your neighbors.
UB will be celebrating Earth Day at the Greiner Front Courtyard, with a plethora of earth-friendly outings and activities. The event is being held from 2:00pm-5:00pm. Visit UB’s online Sustainability Month calendar for details on all of the interactive events, challenges, lectures, conferences, etc.