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2015 Earth Day Events in Orange County

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Earth Day is on April 22nd! That means that it is a great time to teach your children to love our earth and value our natural resources at one of these top Earth Day events in Orange County. With California reaching critically low water levels due to our severe drought, educating our children on the importance of water conservation is more important than ever. We hope to see your family at one of these Earth Day events this year!

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Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802

Saturday and Sunday, April 25 & 26, 2015
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Learn what you can do to help our ocean planet while visiting the Aquarium of the Pacific for its annual Earth Day Celebration. Families can journey through the Aquarium to celebrate Earth Day by learning more everyday tips to protect our environment. They’ll have the chance to visit booths from various Earth-friendly organizations such as NOAA’s National Weather Service and National Marine Fisheries Service, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Marine Mammal Care Center, and others and participate in hands-on learning demonstrations for people of all ages. Environmental films will be shown to give guests a chance to learn about climate change, sustainable seafood, and reducing marine debris. Aquarium program animals will also be on hand with experts, who will bring them out of their exhibits so guests can get up-close and even touch some of them as they learn about these creatures. Some of the program animals include birds, lizards, snakes, and more.

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The Earth Day event at Maruko Orthodontics
6370 E. Santa Ana Canyon Rd.
Anaheim, CA 92808

Tuesday, April 21st – Friday, April 24th

The celebration will showcase a variety of educational photo exhibits on California native plant species, monarch butterflies, and bees, all photographs taken by Dr Maruko.

In addition, guests will be able to take home wild flower seeds to plant in their gardens (which feed the bees), participate in a raffle where they can win one of the showcased native plants, and enjoy food and drinks that bees play a critical role in producing.

An important part of Maruko Orthodontics’ Earth Day celebration is the launch of the office’s “Stop the Drop” water conservation initiative. Any patient (or parent) who brings in their April and May water bill and shows lower water consumption for May will be rewarded with Rewards Points, a form of digital currency that can be cashed in for over 150 gift cards!

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The Ecology Center
32701 Alipaz Street
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 443-4223

Saturday, April 11th
10am to 4pm
$3

Event includes free tacos, live music, teepee building, farm animals, eco-activities and more!

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Crystal Cove State Park
8471 N Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651

Saturday, April 18th
9am to 1pm

Meet at Pelican Point Lot #4 (PCH at Newport Coast)
Parking is free for volunteers

Event will include removing old concrete from the coastal terrace, planting cactus, power washing signs, painting curbs, sweeping ramps, and wedding the hummingbird garden.

Bring work gloves, water, sunscreen, hat. Register at calparks.org, [email protected], 949-497-7647.

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South Coast Farms
32701 Alipaz Street
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 661-9381

Saturday, April 11th
9am to 4pm

Come pick your own berries at South Coast Farms after participating in the events next door at The Ecology Center. They will also have pick your own Strawberries on Sunday, April 12th from 9am to 3pm.

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Save Our Beach Earth Day Beach Clean-up
15 First Street
1st Street Parking Lot
Seal Beach, CA 90740

Saturday April 18, 2015
9am to 12pm

Save Our Beach will be conducting a monthly beach clean-ups on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 9am to Noon at the beach parking lot at the end of 1st Street in Seal Beach. Parking in the 1st Street Beach lot is free during the clean-up. Check in at the Blue Canopy on the Grass to receive a parking pass (required).

Pre-registering here will speed up the check in process for you and your family. Each adult participant must register separately. Minor children may register on a parent/guardian’s registration.

Clean-ups happen ‘Rain or Shine’.

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Pretend City
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92618

Wednesday, April 22nd
all-day

Earth Day celebrates our amazing planet Earth, and the plants and animals that live here with us! As budding environmentalists, children will be motivated to recycle, reduce and reuse waste through diverse activities. Children will experience the outcomes of wasteful actions and make the learning connection that their actions can have a dramatic impact on the environment. Special offerings will include:

· Sensational Story Time (Morning): Compost Stew will introduce children to the idea of composting. They will work on science skills as they sort items to create their own composting bin and math skills as they put the composting steps in order.

· Let’s Move (Afternoon): Don’t miss the Recycle Relay! Children will see just how much trash we can cut down on going into the landfill by recycling.

· Smart Art: This handmade Planet Earth will serve as inspiration for your child to be green every day.
Get your hands earthy making seed balls with Earthroots Field School from 11:30a.m. – 3:00p.m.!

Seed balls are fun and easy to make for all ages. Seed balls are marble sized mixtures of native seeds, clay and compost used to replant habitat. Take them with you and toss them into empty landscapes to plant a habitat. Seed balls protect the ungerminated seeds from being eaten by birds or other critters and keep them in place until the right amount of rain falls to wash away the clay leaving the seeds surrounded by a moist bed of compost, ready to grow.

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25th Annual Earth Day At The Bay
Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center
2301 University Drive
corner of Irvine Avenue
Newport Beach.

Saturday, April 25, 2015
10am to 3pm

The festival will include booths emphasizing water quality and recycling. Rain barrels will be available for pickup (prior purchase required, $10 after rebate) through Rain Barrels Intl. Orange County Health Care Agency Water Quality Laboratory, The Irvine Ranch Water District, and Orange County Used Oil Recycling Program will also be in attendance.

Many booths will feature family friendly activities including arts and craft, science discovery, and face painting. There will be a Scavenger Hunt with small prizes for all participants and entry in larger prize drawings. The day will be filled with live music from Danny Maika.

Inside the Ray Watson Theater, the Newport Beach Film Festival will highlight seven submissions for this year’s short environmental films beginning at 11 a.m. and repeating at 1 p.m. Watch the creative ways three friends set out to eliminate discarded fishnets in Net Positiva, learn about Mussel Man, Bernard Friedman, farming mussels on the only open-ocean farm on the West coast and a scientist who uses artwork to make his research more accessible to the general public in Trash, Manufactured.

The entire event is free and open to the public, but bring some money to support an opportunity drawing featuring great prizes from local merchants. All proceeds benefit the Newport Bay Conservancy. Food will be available for purchase from Tamarindo food truck (an organic, locally grown, sustainable family food enterprise), the Burnt Truck and Front Porch Pops.

 

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Earth Day Celebration at The District at Tustin Legacy

Saturday, April 25th from noon to 3 p.m.

Visitors are invited to meet Queen Green, a clever depiction of Mother Earth, and sing and dance along to her Eco-Rhymes™ at this fun-filled, family friendly event with activities perfect for all ages. This event will also feature the launch of the CD, Save Queen Green! Mother Nature’s Eco-Rhymes and a special pre-release of the book of the same name. The event will also feature Earth Day inspired food sampling, giveaways, contests and music.

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Santa Ana College and Santiago Canyon College, both colleges of Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD), will be hosting Earth Day events on their campuses. Events are open to the public as well as students, faculty and staff.

S A N T I A G O C A N Y O N C O L L E G E (SCC)
WHAT: Earth Day Fair

WHEN: Tuesday, April 21 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHO: Coastkeeper of Orange County will have an information booth and offer free tours of its drought tolerant garden on the campus of SCC

Students who sign a pledge for a healthy earth will be entered into an opportunity drawing; prizes included drought-tolerant plants and tickets to the Aquarium of the Pacific

Free smoothies and “cups of dirt,” chocolate pudding topped with crushed Oreos and Gummy worms

WHERE: Strenger Plaza at Santiago Canyon College, 8045 E. Chapman Avenue, Orange,
CA

S A N T A A N A C O L L E G E (SAC)
WHAT: “Sustain-A-Palooza” Earth Day Fair

WHEN: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
At The Spot:
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Earth Day Fair
Room U-102:
1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Keynote Address
2:15 – 3 p.m. RSCCD Sustainability Plan Update
3:15 – 4:30 p.m. Careers in Environmental Engineering
5 p.m. – 6 p.m. TED Talks & Discussion

WHO: Keynote Address: Captain Charles Moore, founder, Algalita Marine Research Foundation, author, and avid sailor who in 1997, while sailing from Hawaii to California, discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a garbage dump of plastics twice the size of Texas.

RSCCD Sustainability Plan Update: Rancho Santiago Community College District Assistant Vice Chancellor of Facilities, Carrie Matsumoto. Matsumoto will lead an interactive discussion of the RSCCD Sustainability Plan that highlights how students, faculty, and staff can get involved in promoting sustainability at both SAC and SCC.

Careers in Environmental Engineering: Geosyntec Environmental Engineer, Michael Harding, CPESC

Students will be able to participate in opportunity drawings for prizes, bookstore gift cards, and more.

WHERE: 1530 W. 17th St., Santa Ana, CA

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Earth Day Celebration at the OC Great Park
OC Great Park

Sunday, April 19th

Time(s): 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location:Farm + Food Lab | Map & Directions
Free

Celebrate our beautiful planet EARTH at the Farm + Food Lab with an assortment of activities to engage, inspire and activate the minds of people of all ages.

Attend a home composting workshop provided by the UCCE Master Composters.
Bring your little ones for stories, special Earth Day group craft, Earth Day pledges and a hands-on gardening activity during the Children’s Garden Workshop.
Join an educational “Arbor Walk” led by Great Park Urban Agriculture staff and explore the rich heritage of Great Park trees.

Up-cycle donated materials with your imagination at the Creation Station, in the artist studios.
Participate in a free e-waste collection provided by Tierra Verde Industries.
Get your thumb green by lending a hand installing an innovative new agricultural exhibit at the Farm + Food Lab.
Shop local at the Orange County Great Park Farmers Market.
Enjoy the Farm + Food Lab exhibits, backyard games and snacks from the neighboring Farmers Market and mobile food trucks.
10:00 am – Compost Workshop, Farm + Food Lab

11:00 am and 12:00 pm – Children’s Garden Workshop, Farm + Food Lab

12:00 pm – Arbor Walk, gathering at the tall magnolia behind the Farm + Food Lab

10 am – 2 pm – Orange County Certified Farmers Market, Picnic Meadow

10am- 4pm – Up-cycling crafts at the Creation Station in the Artist studios

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Earth Day E-waste and donation drive

Goodwill of Orange County and Kaiser Permanente are teaming up to commemorate Earth Day with a countywide e-waste, recycling and donation drive. Donation drop-off zones will be hosted at Kaiser Permanente Orange County locations to divert tons of electronic items from landfills that could otherwise leak contaminants into the soil, air and water if not disposed of properly.

Donations of working and non-working electronic equipment such as phones, television sets and computers, as well as gently used and new clothing, accessories, household goods and books will be accepted.

Goodwill representatives will be on-site at the two Orange County locations to collect the donations and oversee their safe and secure recycling or reselling at Goodwill retail locations throughout the county. Receipts for tax purposes will also be provided.

The Kaiser Permanente and Goodwill partnership ensures the environmentally-friendly and secure disposal or recycling of collection e-waste while also supporting employment for individuals facing barriers in our community. Each donated item allows Goodwill of Orange County to provide more job training and placement services to help people, including veterans and individuals with disabilities, find and keep meaningful employment.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Donation drop-off zones will be located at the following Kaiser Permanente locations in Orange County:

Anaheim Medical Center
3440 E. La Palma Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92806

Irvine Medical Center
6640 Alton Parkway
Irvine, CA 92618

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