“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” -Native American Proverb

Earth Day is an annual day of celebration, honoring and supporting environmental protection across 193 countries on April 22nd. Historically, Earth Day has signified a turning point in environmental awareness and environmental policy, but this year marks a different and crucial occassion. Budget cuts, censorship of researchers, disappearing datasets, and threats to dismantle government agencies harm us all, putting our health, food, air, water and climate at risk.

As one of L.A. Works' Signature Days of Service, we recognize that Earth Day is an important day of giving back to the environment through volunteer service, and we encourage all of our volunteers to partake. On Saturday April 22nd, L.A. Works volunteers will have the opportunity to join one of many Earth Day projects through our various partner organizations. 

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L.A. WORKS SIGNATURE PROJECT: RESTORE THE WATERSHED AND YOURSELF
Awaken your body and mind to the beautiful surroundings of Hahamongna Watershed Park—the fresh air, the peaceful breeze, and the soothing chirp of animals. Start the day with a contemplative yet invigorating warm up yoga session. Once your juices are flowing, harness your new found energy for good by taking care of native plants, creating more clean air to breathe and restoring the natural environment of our city.

RSVP: LOS ANGELES RIVER CLEAN UP IN LOS FELIZ
It’s time to roll up your sleeves and show your love for the LA River – the Great LA River Clean Up is back for 2017! Join Friends of the Los Angeles River (FOLAR) in restoring the natural and historic heritage of the Los Angeles River in one of the LARGEST urban river cleanups in America. 

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION AT THE WHITE POINT PRESERVE IN PALOS VERDES 
Help care for the White Point Native Plant Demonstration Garden with the Palos Verdes Land Conservancy by planting native shrubs, removing invasive weeds, watering native plants, grooming trails and more! Your efforts will help restore this habitat for wildlife as well as create a beautiful place for the community to enjoy! There will also be food, a raffle and giveaways for the event.

HELP BUILD A CARDBOARD PLAYGROUND IN REED PARK 
Build a fort, decorate a castle, or make an imagination playground! The reDiscover Center is bringing the Cardboard Playground to Reed Park and needs your help to build, invent, tinker, and play. Using recycled materials, safe cardboard crafting tools, and the assistance of reDiscover playworkers, kids ages 0-99 will have a blast making and remaking the best cardboard playgrounds EVER!

HELP ORGANIZE THE "RENEW" EARTH DAY THRIFT BAZAAR AT ANGEL CITY BREWERY
Angel City Brewery and St. Vincent de Paul Los Angeles are partnering together for the Renew: Reuse, Recycle, Restyle Earth Day Bazaar, an all day thrift store and clothing drive featuring live music, food and drink, and much more! St. Vincent de Paul will also present a room-style photo booth, inspired and created with goods from their 54,000 square foot Los Angeles thrift store. Volunteers are needed to assist with hosting the event!

DEBS PARK HABITAT RESTORATION
Help beautify and restore the natural flora and fauna of Debs Park! Join The Audubon Center, a field program of the National Audubon Society, in removing undesirable weeds and watering our native restoration areas. With your help, we can make Northeast LA a bird friendly community. As we head into a hot summer, it is vital that we give our new plants the best possible chance to survive.

EMERALD NECKLACE STEWARDSHIP EVENTS: PLANT TREES AT THE WHITTIER NARROWS RECREATION AREA 
After losing hundreds of trees to a newly invasive boring beetle species, the Whittier Narrows Recreation Area is receiving a much-needed rejuvenation. AMIGOS de los Rios is initiating a four-year tree (restoration) planting program in the park, replacing the lost plants with pest-resistant trees, promoting access to the park, and fostering community participation.


Want to add your Earth Day opportunity to this page? Tell us about it by filling out the Community Connections Form.