Each April, the nation begins to focus upon Earth Day and how to make the planet greener while reducing waste and consumption. Baltimore is no exception. There are plenty of activities occurring which will help to make us more environmentally conscious as well as appreciative of the planet as we reduce, reuse and recycle.
The National Aquarium 
501 E. Pratt St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 576-3800
www.aqua.orgThe National Aquarium, “where amazing things happen every day,” is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “conserve aquatic treasures.” In celebration of Earth Day, the aquarium will host various activities to include outside festivities, booths, scavenger hunts and arts and crafts. According to an employee named Adam, the events will take place Saturday April 25, 2015 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. with special admission price of $21 for children ages 3-11.

Howard Peter Rawlings Conservatory
3100 Swann Drive
Baltimore, MD 21217
(410) 396-0008
www.rawlingsconservatory.orgThe Howard Peter Rawlings Conservatory was established in 1888 and has grown over the years to be a premier place to visit. One week before Earth Day, the public is invited to park at the Conservatory, then board a shuttle to Cylburn Arboretum. They will then hike along the falls trail from Cylburn back to the conservatory at Druid Hill Park. This event begins at 9 a.m. on April 18, 2015. It is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required. Participants are encourage to stay in Druid Hill Park for the EcoFest activities beginning at 11 a.m.

EcoFest
Druid Hill Park
Baltimore, MD 21217
www.baltimoresustainability.orgBaltimore Green Works, according to its website, “strives to embrace Baltimore’s diverse communities by conducting programming that educates on sustainable ways of living.” To that end, Baltimore Green Works will sponsor an annual outdoor event. EcoFest is a celebration focusing upon establishing and maintaining a greener Baltimore. It is the kick-off for a week’s long activities focused on the environment. The event brings together musicians, exhibitors and vendors and includes bike rides, yoga classes and other workshops. Volunteers are welcome to assist. The celebration will take place April 18, 2015.

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Robert E. Lee Park
1000 Lakeside Drive
Baltimore, MD 21210
(410) 887-4156
www.relpnc.org/According to Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks, Robert E. Lee Park has over 450 acre park leased to Baltimore County. The park is a multi-faceted facility with numerous trails, nature and environmental programs, a dog park, pavilions, and waterfront activities, such as canoeing and kayaking for all to enjoy. This Earth Day event is a clean up of Robert E. Lee Park. It is open to all ages and is free. Rangers will assist volunteers in cleaning up the debris which has accumulated during the year. Volunteers will also plant flora and fauna to beautify this hidden secret in the Baltimore area. The cleanup will take place Saturday April 25, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Baltimore City Department Of Public Works
200 Holliday St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 396-5352
publicworks.baltimorecity.govThe Department of Public Works will sponsor the 26th Annual Spring Cleanup Saturday April 25, 2015 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. According to the website, residents and community associations are invited to plan activities and participate in the cleaning of their communities. Activities may involve sweeping, raking, planting and painting.

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Vickie Lawson is a freelance writer whose work can be found on Examiner.com.