The goal of Celebrate Trees! Earth Month Bainbridge Island is to raise awareness of and encourage involvement in Arbor Day and Earth Day events and to inspire everyone to protect our trees, our environment, and our planet all month and throughout the year.
Red Pine Park Work Party, Tuesday, April 9, 10am-noon, at Red Pine Park – Work with the Park District’s horticulture staff and the Bainbridge Island Parks & Trails Foundation to maintain garden beds, a historic fruit orchard, edible perennials, and other historic plantings in this former homestead in the heart of downtown. Please RSVP here.
Conservation Work Party, Saturday, April 13, 10am-noon, at Battle Point Park – Join the Park District and our partners this Earth Month caring for the trees of Battle Point Park. Volunteers will meet at the Duck Pond to spread mulch for tree and soil health and pull invasive weeds like ivy and Scotch broom. Well suited for children ages six and up who are comfortable using some tools and walking off trail on uneven surfaces. Please RSVP here.
Moritani Preserve Work Party, Thursday, April 18, 10am-noon, Moritani Preserve – Join the Park District’s Natural Resources team and the Bainbridge Island Parks & Trails Foundation in caring for the woods and meadows of Moritani Preserve by managing invasive species, maintaining garden beds, and planting natives when the weather is right. Please RSVP here.
Trails Work Party, Saturday, April 20, 10am-noon, at Battle Point Park – Join the Park District and our partners this Earth Month improving the trails at Battle Point Park. Projects could include spreading chips on trail surfacing, improving drainage, or pruning back the spring flush. These work parties are well suited for children ages eight and up who are comfortable using some tools and walking a mile or so throughout the two-hour work party. Please RSVP here.
Earth Expo: Volunteer Projects, Saturday, April 27, 10am-2pm, Battle Point Park – Join the Park District and our partners at our annual Earth Expo. Projects will be available throughout the whole event, work as long as you like and then enjoy the rest of the festivities! Volunteers will spread mulch for tree and soil health. Well suited for children ages six and up who are comfortable using some tools and walking off trail on uneven surfaces. Please RSVP here.
Shred Event, Saturday, April 27, 10am-1pm, Windermere Bainbridge – Shred event paper is recycled.
Drink Like You Live Here – Take your reusable cup when you drink out. Click on the video above.
Earth Month Bingo – Easy actions you can take that add up when you make them a habit. Play by yourself or as a family. Print your own board here.
Tree tour – Take a self-guided tour of remarkable tree specimens mostly in downtown Winslow. Go to the Bainbridge Island Tree Tour page to find out how to locate the trees and learn about them.
Nominate a tree – The city has a Heritage Tree Register. If you know of a tree that is especially interesting or exceptional, be it on public or private land, consider nominating it for the register. (If on private property, the owner must consent to the nomination.) Criteria for qualifying trees and the nomination form are found here.
At-home science activities for the outdoors – IslandWood has created a number of activities, songs, and exercises adaptable to any age to help inspire students to explore their own neighborhoods and communities while strengthening observation and investigation skills and deepening ecological knowledge. Check them out here.
Invasive species reporting – Get the invasives species app to help alert state officials to the next sighting of the murder hornet sighting or sprouting of daphne laureola and build their database of invasive flora and fauna.
Citizen Science: Carnivores! – Contribute your sightings to the Woodland Park Zoo’s urban carnivore spotter project, which aims to support communities in facilitating solutions to achieve positive coexistence with carnivores.
Global Amphibian Bioblitz – Seen a salamander lately? How about a spring peeper? Here’s another citizen science opportunity to record your sightings by using iNaturalist. Adding your observations will help researchers, conservationists and concerned global citizens to share information and move forward actions that conserve these incredible creatures for everyone.
Litter pick-up – A year-round activity! If you would like to borrow grabbers for an indeterminate amount of time, please email Zero Waste. If you want to get serious about regular pick-ups, consider joining the County’s Adopt-a-Spot program.
Children’s Earth Day Books – Check out this blog page for suggestions.
Earth Day Network – Check out this page for how to take civic, community and individual actions. The Earth Day Network makes it easier for students who want to advocate for change (e.g., getting a pollinator garden, setting up a compost system, making sports sustainable) by offering advocacy packets.