Celebrate Nature - 2020
Celebrations of nature abound during the month of April. Some call it Earth Month perhaps due to renewal of life that springs forth from the cold of a harsh winter, or maybe it’s because April is also the time when many plants burst into bloom. This powerful act of nature symbolizes the revival of life – something we can all use during the uncertain times we are all experiencing during this pandemic. See how you can get involved with Earth Month with our Ten Simple Actions to Make a Positive Impact on the Planet.
Earth Day was Wednesday, April 22, and Arbor Day was Friday, April 24. See below for highlights of sustainability events that contribute to making Mesa a more sustainable and green community. And, 2020 was the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day!
- Learn More About Earth Day and Arbor Day
- Earth-Friendly Events Happening in Mesa
- Easy Things You Can Do for Earth Day
- Living Green: Earth-Friendly Advice for Home & Garden
- Online Games/Fun Links About Nature & Our Environment
|Learn more about Earth Day and Arbor Day|
EARTH DAY: On April 22, 1970, 20 million people across America celebrated the first Earth Day. Today, Earth Day is celebrated annually around the globe, and through combined efforts of grassroots organizations, and citizens like you, what started as a day of national environmental recognition has evolved into a world-wide campaign to protect our global environment.
ARBOR DAY: It has been 148 years since J. Sterling Morton founded Arbor Day. His simple idea of setting aside a special day for tree planting is now more important than ever. The 1st official Arbor Day was created by Morton and celebrated in Nebraska in 1872. In the years following that first Arbor Day, Morton's idea spread beyond Nebraska and today all 50 states celebrate Arbor Day. Find tree care information and more on our Arbor Day page.
|Earth Month Events|
Earth Day 50 Years: 1970-2020 On April 22nd Earth Day will be celebrated digitally for the first time due to the coronavirus pandemic. Find global conversations, calls to action, performances, video teach-ins, and more. We've also included 50 ways to make an impact on the planet.
Arbor Day: Our tree plantings and other events might be cancelled, but we've got great information and detailed tree selection, tree planting, and tree care resources on our site.
Test Your Knowledge: Take our Earth Day & Arbor Day QUIZ [PDF]!!
Water Awareness Month April is Water Awareness Month, a great time to learn about one of our most precious resources, water! This site is overflowing with ideas, tips, and resources to help you conserve water and save money on your water and wastewater bill.
Mesa Farmers Market and Flea Takes place each Saturday at Pioneer Park. During this time, check for hours and special pre-ordering options from vendors so that you can spend minimal time on your trip and return home quickly with your groceries. Find great fresh produce, delicious breads, prepared foods, and more.
Celebrate Mesa & Living Green Village: Our official Earth Day event, of course, has been cancelled. We will miss having this great activity with all of our community vendors who brought sustainability in a fun and edu-taining way to the public. See pics from our 2018 Living Green Village!
|Easy Things You Can Do for Earth Day & Every Day|
Ten simple actions to make a positive impact on the planet is what we are highlighting in our April Sustainability Savings Tip!
In lieu of our normal countdown to Earth Day, just pop over to our page of 50+ activities!
|Online Games/Fun Links About Nature & Our Environment
- Find great vegetable art to print and color from Mesa Urban Garden.
- Check out these fun games and activities about trees from the Arbor Day Foundation.
- To learn about Arizona's Natural Wonders and Wildlife, visit this site from Arizona Governor, Doug Ducey.
- The Water - Use It Wisely Kids Page features interactive games like Tip Tank, the Water Family, Mission H2O and more. You'll also find lots of lesson plans for students and teachers.
- The Environmental Kid's Clubfeatures games about water, recycling and the environment on this site sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- Visit Going Green at the Phoenix Zoo to help conserve and preserve our world for future generations. Learn how to make earth-friendly cleaning products and many other green tips.
- The alliance to save energy teaches you how to defeat Energy Hogs.
- Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum – Especially for Kids.
- Be an ASU Ecology Explorer.
- Tread Lightly has some real fun games to play.
- Learn water facts and more at the Water Education learning center.
- Got something to recycle? Search for a solution at Earth911.
- Get Wise about the environment and our limited resources.
- Kids Environment is a great place to discover, explore and learn about the environment we live in today.