For those interested in celebrating Earth Day in central Texas, San Antonio and the surrounding Hill Country provide lots of opportunities for people of all ages to get outside and have fun.
Earth Day Festival and Native Plant SaleWhere: Riverside Nature Center, 150 Francisco Lemos St., Kerrville, TX When: Saturday, April 20, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. What: Located on the banks of the Guadalupe River, the Riverside Nature Center is Kerrville’s own urban nature preserve and native plant sanctuary. On Earth Day, the Nature Center will host its annual Earth Day Festival and native plant sale. The festival includes environmental seminars, games, arts and crafts and educational booths, and naturalists will be on hand to provide advice on choosing native plants for gardens and landscapes. Admission is free.
Fiesta Earth Day CelebrationSponsored by the Earth Day Committee and the City of San Antonio Where: Woodlawn Lake Park, 1103 Cincinnati Ave. When: Saturday, April 20, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. What: Every year, the City of San Antonio puts on the biggest Earth Day celebration in the area. Held at beautiful Woodlawn Lake, the event kicks off with a 5k fun run/family walk that awards trees to the top finishers. After the race, the festival opens its gates to anyone interested in learning more about the environment or those just interested in enjoying the outdoors. Workshops and seminars that focus on conservation and sustainability are held throughout the day, and numerous local environmental organizations have booths offering information and activities. The city also hosts several musical performances on the park’s main stage, and vegetarian food and beverages are available.
New Braunfels KidsfestWhere: Rockin’ R River Rides, 1405 Gruene Rd. in New Braunfels, TX When: Saturday, April 20, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, April 21, 2013, from noon to 5 p.m. What: This kid-centered Earth Day festival offers arts and crafts, games and entertainment on the shores of the beautiful Guadalupe River. Kidsfest focuses on bringing families and businesses together to celebrate the community and to create a fun, educational environment for children of all ages. Local businesses will provide giveaways and hands-on activities for kids, and local talent, including youth choirs, dance students and the community symphony, will perform throughout the weekend. All activities are included in the price of admission ($3 per adult; $2 per child).
Earth Day CelebrationSponsored by Aquarena Center and The Meadows Center For Water And The Environment at Texas State University – San Marcos Where: Aquarena Center, 951 Aquarena Springs Dr. in San Marcos, TX When: Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. What: Aquarena Center, the Texas State University – San Marcos’ research center and nature preserve, will host its annual Earth Day celebration this year to mark the completion of several exciting park projects. Festivalgoers will be able to enjoy the results of the Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration and can learn more about the new Spring Lake Habitat Conservation Plan. The park will also open new trails and reopen its Floating Wetlands Boardwalk. Other activities include recycling and green-building displays, arts and crafts and glass-bottom boat tours. Admission is free. The Hays County Food Bank will be holding a fundraiser/food drive at the event.