How to Celebrate Earth Day 2017 in Boston

Whether you want to run a 5K or see a movie for the World Wildlife Fund, here are some fun Earth Day events around Boston.
Race Against Extinction

Photo courtesy of The Race Against Extinction

Race Against Extinction Earth Day 5K

No matter if you’re a cheetah (a runner), a tortoise (a walker), or a gazelle (an inline skater), the whole herd can come together for a good cause with the Race Against Extinction. Enjoy your Earth Day along three miles of the Charles River through Boston, Brighton, and Cambridge, while your bear cubs (children 12 and under) enjoy a 1K jaunt. Proceeds will be donated to the World Wildlife Fund.

$30, $15 for children 12 and under, Saturday, 11 a.m., Artesani Park, 1255 Soldiers Field Rd., Boston, theraceagainstextinction.org.

Earth Day Crafts

The Boston Public Library is offering two exciting Earth Day activities, and you can take them both home. You can head to the Grove Hall Branch of the BPL to make some recycled crafts from old magazines and newspapers, such as a mini notebook or a weaved box. And back in the BPL’s Central Library, visitors are welcome to plant a seed, bring it home, and care for it.

Free, Saturday, Grove Hall, 41 Geneva Ave., Dorchester, and Central Library, 700 Boylston St., Boston, bpl.org.

Born In China

Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios

Disneynature’s Born In China

Disneynature is bringing moviegoers to China as part of its mission to showcase the beauty of the natural world to the big screen in a never-before-seen way. It’s latest Earth Day release, Born In China, follows three animal families—the panda, the golden monkey, and the snow leopard—through different terrains of China, complete with breathtaking imagery. To top it all off, the film is narrated by Massachusetts native John Krasinski. If you see the film during opening week, Disneynature will contribute $.20 per ticket to the World Wildlife Fund through the Disney Conservation Fund to help protect wild pandas and snow leopards in China.

$14 for adults, $11 for children, in theaters Friday, AMC Loews Boston Common 19, 175 Tremont St., Boston, nature.disney.com. 

Franklin Park Zoo

Photo credit Christina Demetrio

Party for the Planet

Raise awareness for the planet at the Franklin Park Zoo’s celebration of all the earth has to offer. Kids will be able to meet zookeepers and participate in animal enrichment activities, scavenger hunts, and more. Visitors are also welcome to stop by the Organic Garden to learn all about pollinators and the important role they play in the ecosystem, as well as to create “seed balls” to take home for the pollinators right in your yard.

$20, children 2-12 $14, children under 2 free, Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston, zoonewengland.org.

kitchen boston public market

Photo courtesy of the KITCHEN at the Boston Public Market

Kids in the KITCHEN

Join Chef Cleo at the Boston Public Market to learn about food waste and how to make the most of food that is usually thrown away. Using carrot skins and orange peels, kids will make sweet and tart rhubarb muffins. But don’t worry, the skins and peels are completely clean and, even better, edible.

$9+, kids ages 6-12, Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston, bostonpublicmarket.org.

Park Serve Day

Participate in the MassParks’ annual statewide day of volunteer service, Park Serve Day. Be one of the thousands of volunteers that help prepare state parks and beaches throughout Massachusetts for the summer by picking up trash, clearing trails, and cleaning up parks. There are tons of parks to choose from, so pick your local park, or venture out to a new park.

Free, Saturday April 29, times may vary per park, various Massachusetts parks, public.dep.state.ma.us.


Christy Osler Christy Osler, Editorial Intern at Boston Magazine cosler@bostonmagazine.com


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