From tossing the dozens of cups from those Starbucks lattes we guzzle every month in recycle containers to opting for our favorite Frozen themed grocery bag over plastic, it’s no secret that we’re living in a more environmentally conscious world. What started in 1970 has now evolved into a lifestyle shift that has many of us more mindful. This Earth Day, April 22nd, marks the 45th annual celebration of our Mother Earth. With major events in cities like New York and Boston taking place this year, you might start to feel as though you’ll be missing out on all the fun. Luckily, in the RGV, we are just as passionate about environmental awareness. We have so much diversity in our nature, birds and wildlife, it is a natural fit that we would want to protect all of it!

This Earth Day, celebrate your love for our beautiful planet and head out to one of these local events to learn more about what you can do to ensure a brighter future for our environment.

Volunteer in the Park

Thursday, April 14th
8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
4101 W. Business Highway 83- McAllen

This Earth Day, one of the best organizations to get in touch with is the McAllen Nature Center. From yoga in the park to nature walks, they are dedicated to getting us off our smart phones and back in touch with our beautiful surroundings. Join in on their year-round morning clean up at the park! From weeding to watering and planting projects, this is the perfect opportunity to give back. For more information, click here.

Vida Verde Earth Day Festival

Saturday, April 16th
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Quinta Mazatlan
Adults: $3 | Children: $2

If you’re a fan of festivals (who isn’t?!), you’ll definitely want to put the Vida Verde Fest on your agenda. Perfect for families and millennials, this one-day event celebrates the beauty of Mother Nature through fun and informative activities and demonstrations. From a swoon-worthy farmer’s market to organic cooking classes, get ready to be inspired and make your mark count!

Wildlife Photography Walk

Tuesday, April 19th
9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge – Weslaco

Whether you’re a seasoned photographer or you’re simply addicted to snapping shots for your Instagram feed, this is the perfect Earth Day event for all the creative souls out there. Enjoy the fresh air and take in all Mother Nature has to offer on this informative and relaxing hike through the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge as you appreciate some of the Valley’s most majestic creatures. Get the full details on this event here.

EarthFest

Saturday, April 23rd
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Linear Park- Brownsville

As Earth Day is all about expanding our knowledge on sustainability and the like, make sure mark your calendar for this year’s EarthFest. Featuring countless vendors and crafters, this event is devoted to the spread of Earth friendly education and celebrates those who have made the effort to become more in tune with the current state of our planet. Get the lowdown by visiting the official EarthFest Facebook page here.

Cool City Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 23rd
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
City Hall Courtyard- Edinburg

Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day simultaneously at this month’s ‘Cool City’ event. From tree planting to crafts and sustainably themed activities, there’s no harm in learning how to reduce your carbon footprint and having a little fun at the same time. Check out this free event here.

It’s safe to say that we are lucky to live in the RGV, a nature tourism destination, and it seems right that we are ones paving the way when it comes to protecting and honoring our Mother Earth. This Earth Day, don’t hesitate to get out there, participate and made a difference (you can thank us later)!

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