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Earth Day 2012 activities in Oakland

on April 19, 2012

Earth Day this year is Sunday April 22, but organizations in Oakland have planned activities throughout the weekend. For more information about the global celebration, click here for the Earth Day Network. Know of any local Earth Day events we didn’t mention? Please add them in the comments!

Saturday April 21

2012 Oakland Earth Day
9 am – noon
Locations vary

Volunteers throughout the city will participate in an Oakland-wide clean up at more than 100 sites. Activities will include gardening, park, creek and curb clean up, gratfiti and litter removal and more. The first 3,000 volunteers will get a copy of the Chinook Book with coupons for over 350 East Bay green businesses. More info here. A complete list of sites registered for the clean up, as well as the activity each site will do, can be found here.

FROG Park 10th Anniversary and Earth Day Event
9 am – 2 pm
Big Frog, end of Hardy Street (near intersection of Claremont Ave and Hudson St)

The kid-friendly park clean up will go from 9 am – noon. Bring work gloves and gardening tools. Snacks and water provided for kids. The celebration will go from noon – 2 pm with face painting, crafts, a juggler, a magician, cowgirl tricks and more. Bring a lunch or buy one from the food trucks. More info here.

Temescal Earth Day Clean Up
9 am
43rd and Shafter

Help clean up the Temescal area. Refreshments served afterward. More info here.

Friends of Elmhurst Library Earth Day Celebration and Clean-Up
1-4 pm
Elmhurst Branch, 1427 88th Avenue, Oakland

Help clean up around the library, then enjoy an Earth-Day themed story and craft at 3 pm. More info here.

Arroyo Viejo Crew Work Day
10 am – noon
Arroyo Creek, meet in the lower parking lot and meet at the creek sign at the entrance

Volunteers can help with tasks including removing invasive plant species, mulching, and picking up trash. Bring water, sun protection, water and a snack. Volunteers can then be guests at the nearby Oakland zoo for the afternoon. Registration requred, as is and adult chaperones for groups of youth under age 15. Contact for parties of 10 or more. There is a $7 fee for the parking lot. More info here.

Oakland Parks and Recreation Earth Day Projects
Times and locations vary

Oakland’s Department of Parks and Recreation will be leading clean ups at 8 neighborhood park sites including Mosswood Park, the Rotary Center at Lake Merritt and Redwood Heights Recreation Center. See the full list of times and meeting places here. 

Oakland Fire Department Earth Day Activities

The Oakland Fire Department has partnered with three schools to help prepare for the summer fire season by clearing brush and cleaning the school sites. The fire trucks will be there and the firefighters will be leading fire safety activities with community members. The three locations and times are:

Kaiser Elementary
25 S. Hill Court, Oakland (Hiller Highland area)
9:00 a.m. – Noon

Montera Middle School
5555 Ascot Drive, Oakland
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Burbank Preschool
3550 64th Avenue, Oakland
9:00 a.m. – Noon

Sunday April 22

Jack London Square Farmers’ Market Earth Day Fair
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Jack London Square, Oakland

Speakers and activities including a talk and book signing by Novella Carpenter of Ghost Town Farm, a lecture on beekeeping by Helene Marshall, a pop-up art show by Lexicon of Sustainability and a recycled crafts workshop with the Rock, Paper, Scissors Collective, plus raffles, giveaways and information booths. A schedule and more information is here.


1 Comment

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