April 22 celebrates Earth Day. We’re thinking about ways to go green, help out the planet, and promote unity. Thankfully, Lehigh Valley is thinking the same and offering various activities to get outside and do something good for the environment.
One of the best ways to feel one with nature is at the Lehigh Valley Zoo. Located along the Trexler Nature Preserve, the zoo is set for a three-day Party for the Planet from April 22-24. On Saturday and Sunday, you’ll travel around the zoo in search of clues about conservation. Find them all in this unique scavenger hunt and enter to win a prize! Radley the sea turtle will also be camera-ready for special photo opportunities and the chance to learn more about why plastics can be detrimental to the ocean. The #KNOWPLASTICS campaign is sponsored by PA Virtual Charter School.
In Allentown, the Earth Day in the Park event makes a timely return on April 23. The city’s Bureau of Recycling is restoring the free event, complete with food, music, vendors, and family-friendly activities. The Earth Day event will take place rain or shine from 12-4 p.m. in the Allentown Arts Park, located at 24 N 5th St, Allentown PA 18101.
Look up! It’s a bird! Hawk Mountain members are invited to celebrate Earth Day on the Mountain, beginning with a continental breakfast and a feathered educator to greet you. Once you're fueled up, embark on a guided walk around the Visitor Center to South Lookout and back. The day will also consist of flight interpretation and an entertaining migration game in the gallery to cap off the day’s event.
The Nurture Nature Center in Easton looks to continue the conversation around conservation through June 30. Join the staff for “Climate Conversations: All We Can Save,” an exhibition featuring the work of eight mid-career women artists who are working on environmental issues. This collaboration of women from the Midwest to and East Coast was born out of discussions and readings of a book released in 2020 that has since become a best-seller. The exhibit is dedicated to creating a deeper dialogue about the climate crisis and to begin to build a community around solutions.
If you’re looking for something a bit more… active, check out Pocono Whitewater for a weekend of fun and adventure. Join them for a day of whitewater rafting or Rail-Trail biking. Tickets include life vests, shuttle service to and from the river, professional river guides, and more. Are you a student on spring break? Visit between April 11-22 and get a FREE PASS to come back and play Skirmish Paintball, that is a $41.99 value!
Spend your Earth Day weekend enjoying some fresh air and appreciating the world around you. Be sure to share your photos with us by tagging @LehighValleyPA on all social media channels and use #LVMadePossible. And consider checking out our restaurants to round out your visit.
For more events, visit our Events Calendar.