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Wednesday, April 22nd is International Earth Day!

The 50th anniversary of this annual international holiday is an opportunity for people to celebrate nature by getting outside, volunteering, advocating for nature, and getting involved with environmental causes.  Usually, The San Diego River Park Foundation and others celebrate this special day by convening groups for outdoor activities, almost all of which have been cancelled around the world.


Well, we're here to tell you that nature isn't cancelled, spring isn't cancelled, and neither is Earth Day!

While we can’t gather together this year, the San Diego River Park Foundation will still be celebrating Earth Day, and we have some suggestions for bringing a little bit of nature to everyone who is staying at home. We’ll be sharing nature photos on our social media platforms to help remind people that: #EarthDayIsntCancelled

We invite you to join in the fun! Share nature photos on Wednesday, April 22 - whether it’s a picture from a past trip, a flower in your yard, or a shot of your houseplant! If you have a public account and you tag us in the post, you will be entered to win a prize (Instagram - @sandiegoriver, Facebook - @sdriverpark).



Here are some more ways that you can celebrate Earth Day on your own...


Be a “Neighborhood Naturalist”:


You and your family don’t have to visit a nature center in order to learn more about the natural world! You can practice natural science right on your own block. Identifying local plant and animal species is a great way to better understand local ecology and your work can even help San Diego River biologists.


One of our volunteers created a great scavenger hunt to to help you spot birds of the San Diego River in your neighborhood!  


Click here  or on the icon below to download the bird scavenger hunt.

Click here  or on the icon below to download the iNaturalist citizen science app.


BirdID iNat

Explore the Outdoors from Your Couch with a Movie and Craft Night!


How about bringing Earth Day right into your home? We suggest pairing a nature documentary with a San Diego River craft night!

How about one of these documentaries: David Attenborough (a favorite documentarian and naturalist known for voicing the Planet Earth series) describes the beauty and challenges of the Richmond Park National Nature Reserve in urban London, where he fostered his passion for the planet. This park faces many of the same challenges and offers similar opportunities to our own San Diego River Park!


Click here to watch for free, or see the other recommendations on our watchlist here.


And here's a craft idea:

Click here to download a step-by-step photo tutorial to create these paper flowers pictured, created by SDRPF staff.

Get the Kids Involved!


Check out our online nature curricula and outdoor activity guides. Science, art, and inquiry powered by the San Diego River!

Storytime Video Lessons Creative Writing and Drawing


Make A Difference!


Every day, the San Diego River Park Foundation works hard to care for nature spaces and to connect people with nature. This work continues to address ongoing needs such as conserving wildlife habitat and cleaning up trash as well as time-sensitive needs brought about by the COVID-19 health crisis, such as providing agencies with data about where homeless people are living along the River and creating distance-learning materials for schools. You can get involved with this critical work.


Click here to see a list of remote volunteer opportunities you can do from home, or if you can, please:







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Urgent Appeal:

Two of our programs are being adapted to meet vital essential services. Nature connections are more important that ever!


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continue to advance this important mission?