To celebrate Earth Day, the Student Conservation Association (SCA) is hosting multiple events across the country throughout April.

Join The Crew and participate in a day of service cleaning up litter, planting trees, removing invasive species and more! All events will take place rain or shine.

Find an event near you below.

Washington, D.C.

SCA Earth Day at Four Mile Run Park Volunteer Service Event
April 22, 2023 at 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. EST
Four Mile Run Park, 3700 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria, Va. 22305
Participate in wetland planting, invasive species removal and trash pickup.
Learn more and register!

Whiting, Indiana

SCA and bP America Earth Day Service Event
When: April 22, 2023 at 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. CST
Where: 338 Schrage Ave., Whiting, Ind. 46394
Projects: Participate in native plant and tree planting while learning about the SCA and the importance of green spaces in your community.
Learn more and register!

SCA East Chicago Arbor Day Tree Planting Celebration
When: April 28, 2023 at 9 a.m. – 1.p.m CST
Where: Smith Park, 140th and Alexander Avenue East Chicago, Ind. 46312
Projects: Participate in native tree planting.
Learn more and register!

If you don’t live nearby or are unable to attend any in-person service events, the SCA has Earth Day activities you can participate in from your own home!

Wildflower Seedballs

Wildflower seed balls are great for a family friendly, at-home activity, or a competitive team-builder. Seed balls are a cluster of seeds wrapped in a ball of soil and clay that you can throw in areas where traditional planting is difficult. You can toss them right in your own backyard or “plant” in a pot on your windowsill.

Create your own wildflower seedball with this tutorial from a Student Conservation Association alum.

Try to pick a spot with lots of direct sunlight where your wildflowers won’t be crowded out by competing plants. Germination times will vary depending on the plant species in your seed ball, but it will be worth the wait!

You can help restore pollinator habitats by distributing native seeds, creating seed balls and more. Your efforts will help provide birds, bees, butterflies and other pollinators with the food and shelter they need to survive.

Bee pollinating flower
Bee and Echinacea (Coneflower). (U.S. Department of Agriculture)

Thank you to our participating sponsors for supporting Earth Day events and the SCA’s programs that provide conservation service opportunities for young people.