April is Earth Month!
Many groups in the South Bay and Peninsula will celebrate the environmental holiday.
Start the month by attending Watershed Day at the McClellan Ranch Preserve in Cupertino. On Saturday, April 2, the historic former horse ranch and the current protected area will host volunteers to remove invasive plants so plants can grow and enrich the ecosystem. Participants will also explore educational stations about local creeks and take a bird identification walk with the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society.
Frustrated by rising gas prices? Hate internal combustion engines’ impacts? Curious about electric vehicles? Look to the Sunnyvale Community Center for answers.
The center will hold the Sunnyvale Drive Electric: Ride into Earth Month event on the second weekend in April. Partakers of the event will get a chance to check out the latest battery-electric and plug-in hybrid cars, take test drives, and receive answers to their questions about environmentally-friendly vehicles.
Come take a test drive.
A day after the Sunnyvale event, the City of Palo Alto will hold a similar electric car showcase at the Mitchell Park Community Center. Attendees will learn the benefits of EVs, charging basics, government rebates, the latest makes and models, and what is in store for the future.
Partake in this free lovefest for the Earth in Menlo Park. Celebrate our beautiful planet while learning about a host of actions people can collectively take to address the climate crisis. Learn more about sustainable eating, active and electric transportation, and local and state climate advocacy. Exhibitors and presenters are experts in their fields and will be available to answer any questions.
Consider taking part in this virtual San Jose race that allows walkers or runners to participate on their own time and in their own neighborhoods. People can even time themselves. Race proceeds go towards multiple environmentally-friendly groups, including Wild Earth Allies.
Be among the 5,000 people who regularly attend this annual event and learn about environmental issues, participate in hands-on activities, enjoy live entertainment, and eat delicious food served by local food trucks.
Readers can find a more comprehensive list of Bay Area Earth Month activities here.
However, Peninsula and South Bay residents should not let the end of April end their environmental efforts.
Santa Clara County proudly declares that “Every Day is Earth Day” in its perimeter. Its Clean Water Program hosts a website (https://cleanwater.sccgov.org/earth-month-2022) that provides homeowners, business proprietors, pet guardians, and regular residents with tips on going green.