Throughout the month of April, numerous organizations are hosting Earth Day celebrations and activities that will give Houstonians the chance to get outside, learn about sustainability and enjoy the beauty of nature. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St., Houston, TX 77010 When: Sunday, April 14, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. What: Earth Day Houston, held since 2008 at downtown’s Discovery Green, is the city’s largest Earth Day celebration. The free festival includes activities and informational booths sponsored by a wide range of Houston organizations, companies and nonprofits. All the excitement is broken down into several thematic areas:
- Air Zone: The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the City of Houston’s Bureau of Pollution Control and Prevention will have information and activities on monitoring air quality and the use of nontoxic chemicals.
- Land Zone: Learn about composting, wildflowers and forestry with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. There will also be a tree maze.
- Water Zone: The Bayou Preservation society will be teaching festival goers how to use rain barrels and native plants to conserve water in gardens, and kids can take a canoe ride on Discovery Green’s Kinder Lake.
- Sustainability Zone: Visitors can learn about cutting-edge sustainable technologies being developed at the University of Houston Energy Center and also visit with local honeybees.
- Wildlife Habitat Zone: Explore local flora and fauna with the Texas Wildlife Association, Houston SPCA and the TWRC Wildlife Center.
- Healthy Living Zone: Play games, taste healthy, delicious recipes and learn what can be done to prevent heart disease with the Wellness and Prevention Program from the Methodist DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center.
- Kids Zone: Kids can get a free reusable shopping bag when they bring in five plastic, single-use bags. The Houston Children’s Museum will also have games and activities.