Earth Day is next Monday, April 22, and we've got some great ideas to help you and your family celebrate! Did you know Earth Day was founded in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin? Our state is a treasure trove of resources to help kids learn to love the Earth.
Explore one of Wisconsin's dozens of gorgeous state parks with your family! Find a park, forest, recreation area or trail near you on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website. From Big Bay State Park on Madeline Island to Point Beach State Forest along the shores of Lake Michigan, to Kinnickinnic State Park where the St. Croix and Kinnickinnic rivers meet, to Rib Mountain State Park in Wausau, featuring one of the oldest geological formations on earth. Wherever you are in Wisconsin, there's sure to be a beautiful way to explore nature nearby.
Be sure to check out the free Wisconsin Explorers program. Kids ages 3 and up can earn badges by doing nature activities, scavenger hunts, games, hikes, and crafts while your family explores Wisconsin's great outdoors together. All the details are available here.
Sticking close to home? Lots of Earth Day crafts and activities are available on PBS Parents!