San Francisco Department of the Environment

Celebrate Earth Day All Month Long! (2013)

We invite you to celebrate Earth Day in San Francisco by participating in one of the many environmental events in the city during April. Below, we’ve highlighted a few events that we think are a great way to get involved in your community and have fun at the same time. Keep on the lookout for the SF Environment team, and stop by to say hello! Show us how you're celebrating on twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #greensf.

Earth Day: Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day Crafternoon (free)
Park Branch Library
1833 Page Street

Celebrate Earth Day at the Park Branch Library using recycled materials to create an individual art project.  After a story and brief discussion about Earth Day, children will have an opportunity to use various scraps to create an earth themed collage. This is a Green Stacks event. Age 3+

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Earthnight at Cal Academy
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Drive
4:30pm - 10:30pm

Celebrate Earth Day at the California Academy of Sciences. Keep on the lookout for SF Environment’s interactive booth and electric cargo bicycle!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Community Biodiversity Celebration (free)
Corona Heights & the Randall Museum

Join SF Environment to kick off our new Biodiversity program with a day of events celebrating San Francisco’s natural heritage! Featuring a bird walk and habitat restoration in Corona Heights, a community celebration at the Randall Museum, and nature walks in the neighborhood. There is a limited number of tickets for each event- RSVP to reserve your spot.

Opening Day at Treasure Island (free)
Treasure Island Sailing Center
698 California Ave, San Francisco, CA
11:00am - 4:00pm

Celebrate Opening Day on the Bay at the Treasure Island Sailing Center with FREE sailboat rides, kayaking, and Stand Up Paddle Boarding! Enjoy music, games, food, and activities for the whole family. Each visitor will be entered to win door prizes and a free sailing class! Food will be available on-site for purchase. Treasure Island Sailing Center would like to incorporate more of an environmental tact to the event this year, encouraging green practices by making the event zero waste.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Port 150th Anniversary History Ride (free for SF Bicycle Coalition members; $5 donation for non-members)
680 Terry Francois St 
10:00am - 12:30pm

The Port of San Francisco is turning 150 years old this year and will be co-leading a history bike tour with the SF Bicycle Coalition.  Come hear about the history of the Port’s creation, and the path the agency has taken to become not only a world-renowned destination, but also a vibrant and active industrial, cargo, recreational  boating, and commercial fishing port.  Port staff will be sharing the history of many locations on the route from the ship repair drydock at Pier 70 to the fishermen’s chapel and fleet at Fisherman's Wharf’s (rain cancels the ride).

Glen Park Festival (free)
Diamond St. and Wilder St

Celebrate Earth Day in Glen Park, featuring live music, great food, and prizes. Stop by the SF Environment booth to learn how you can get money to make your home more energy efficient!

Past events

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Recology's Great Compost Giveaway (Bring Your Own Bucket!) (free)
Three locations: McLaren Park, Ocean Beach, and Recology Golden Gate
8:00am - 12:00pm

San Francisco is now 80 percent of the way to Zero Waste thanks to the recycling and composting you do every day. In appreciation of your efforts, Recology is giving away five to ten gallons of a gourmet planting mix made from food scraps and plant trimmings composted by San Franciscans. Join us at one of these three locations to pick up your free compost. This is a Bring Your Own Bucket event!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Walk to Work Day (free)
San Francisco is the nation’s first city to officially launch Walk to Work Day! Join the celebration: Walk and share your photos and experiences using the #Walk2Work hashtag. Walking just 15 minutes of your commute counts!  

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Healthy Kids Day (free)
Stonestown Family YMCA
333 Eucalyptus Drive
11:15am - 1:30pm

Healthy Kids Day is a national YMCA initiative where youth and their families achieve greater health and well-being for their spirit, mind and body through participation in activities and educational programming for the entire family. Come dance a little with Zumbatomic (Zumba for kids!), check out trail maps and helmet sizing with Ocean Cyclery, learn with the San Francisco Public Library, and get adventurous with Tree Frog Treks. You can also work on a garden project, play games, jump in the bounce house, and have some tasty, healthy bites.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sunday Streets in the Mission (free)
Valencia Street and 24th Street
11:00am - 4:00pm

Sunday Streets creates miles of car-free streets for people to get out and be active in diverse San Francisco neighborhoods. During Earth the month of April, celebrate with Sunday Streets in the Mission District. 

Earth Day Fair (free)
Jewish Community Center of San Francisco 
11:00am - 3:00pm 

Enjoy local, organic foods, create crafts from upcycled materials, engage with local, environmental businesses and organizations, and learn how to start an urban garden in our rooftop garden!

Friday, April 19, 2013

BART Blue Sky Celebration (free)
Justin Herman Plaza
11:00am - 2:00pm

Get great environmental info and giveaways from dozens of eco-exhibitors, live music, carnival games with an eco-twist and more! Get a BART Blue Sky Passport at the festival, fill it with stamps from six festival exhibitors and redeem it for a free $6 BART ticket. The first 5,000 people who turn in a completed passport will get a free $6 BART ticket right at the festival!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Earth Day SF (free)
Civic Center Plaza
10:00am - 6:00pm

This unique celebration packs a powerful day of green sustainability discussions, activism, workshops and solutions into one full day of fun and excitement for the whole family. Designed to support the Bay Area Community and beyond, Earth Day San Francisco focuses on acknowledging the local and planetary environmental challenges we all face, and inviting the public to integrate sustainable practices into their everyday lives.

Earth Day Arts & BBQ with Chef Eskender Agesed (free)
Mendell Plaza
Third St. and Palou Ave.
11:00am - 3:00am

Celebrate Easrth Day in the Bayview neighborhood with friends, neighbors and merchants! Featuring earth friendly, kid friendly activities, an Afro-Peruvian dance lesson with Jaranon Y Bochinche and local dance teacher Amani Manning, a sneak peek of Anqari, our next musical presentation and our own Third Street gem, Radio Africa’s "street food."  Bring your own 12oz. cup for 50% off of a refreshing organic hibiscus lemonade to be enjoyed with your BBQ entree!  Come on out, stand behind mother earth and celebrate Earth Day 2013 with your extended family of neighbors, community based orgs and of course, Radio Africa!   

Community Clean Team Earth Day (free)
Kickoff site: William McKinley monument on Baker Street (between Fell and Oak)
9:00am - 12:00pm

Join San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Supervisor London Breed, and the Community Clean Team to celebrate Earth Day and clean and green San Francisco in District 5! Volunteers will plant trees, work on landscaping and gardening projects, paint over graffiti, and help clean up litter around the neighborhood.

Earth Day at Bernal (free)
Bernal Hill
9:00am - 12:00pm

Join the SF Recreation and Parks and REI for Earth Day this year at Bernal Hill to help restore habitat and trails. Come for a vigorous morning workout removing invasive radish from the hillside or repairing the trail tread. Enjoy watershed activities with Kids In Parks to learn more about erosion. Volunteers should wear long sleeves, pants, and sturdy closed-toed shoes.  Light snacks will be provided, and items will be raffled off to those who volunteer. Registration is limited, so please contact [email protected] now to reserve your spot.

Aquarium of the Bay Earth Day Celebration (Saturday, April 20 through Monday, April 22)
Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39
11:00am - 5:00pm

Ride public transportation to the Aquarium and get a discount on general admission for Earth Day.Join Aquarium of the Bay for a weekend of Earth Day fun Saturday, April 20 through Monday, April 22. Meet the red eared slider, blue tongued skink, African pygmy hedgehog, and California kingsnake and find out how saving energy at home can help these animals. Join an Eco Chat with a naturalist and staff from SF Environment for more cool tips on being Earth-friendly. Bring in your old batteries and light bulbs to recycle. Don’t miss out on a half-priced membership for anyone buying memberships that weekend!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Earth Day at the Zoo
Sloat Blvd & the Great Highway
10:00am - 4:00pm

Pull up a patch of grass and Slow Down for the Planet during the San Francisco Zoo’s Earth Day event. Have a blast getting back to basics with conservation-themed keeper talks, hands-on “Power-Down” stations and more. Start your morning with a family Earth Day Bikeabout or birding walk, then enjoy a host of activities, including Riveropolis where children can explore a running “river.” Don’t forget to eat an ultra-local Lunch Special at the Leaping Lemur Café and bring a reusable bottle to refill at our water station near the Primate Discovery Center!      

Aquatic Park Cleanup with Aquarium of the Bay (free)
Aquatic Park
9:00am - 11:00am

We’re keeping the coast and the waters clean for humans and marine life with a beach cleanup at Aquatic Park. Come down for a morning of making a difference, and see what crazy things our divers find in their underwater cleaning. RSVP to Ashley at [email protected] We strongly encourage bringing a bucket and gloves.