Celebrate Earth Day by Volunteering

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Now that Spring has finally arrived, many of us are likely to spend more time outdoors enjoying nature.  Earth Day, a day to appreciate fresh air, clean water and a healthy environment, is fast approaching.  Now is the time to start planning with friends and family how you’ll celebrate nature on this special day.  Hopefully, you’re already doing your part by recycling and saving energy, water and resources, but if you’d like to make a bigger difference, volunteering your time to a good cause is certainly fulfilling.  Volunteering for various earth-focused causes is one way to join in the efforts to “keep America beautiful” this April 22nd (and everyday).

You can find volunteer opportunities available in many cities and towns across the country.  Interested in volunteering for the USDA Forest Service as a bird monitor or a historic park interpreter?  How about helping to maintain our natural, cultural and historic resources on public lands with the Take Pride in America program?   The Natural Resources Conservation Service is looking for people to help reduce soil erosion, enhance water supplies, improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat, and reduce damages caused by floods and other natural disasters.

For example, if you live in the D.C. Metro area, EarthShare, D.C. Surfrider, and The Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) invite you to come out and help clean up the Anacostia River (or 25 other sites) at the 15th Annual Earth Day River Cleanup and Celebration on Saturday, April 18, 2009.  Free food and entertainment will be provided for volunteers after clean up efforts.

You can check out Volunteer.gov or conduct a google search to find volunteer opportunities in your community.

photo by aussiegall

Tag(s): Earth Day, For Kids, Going Green, Green Living


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