What better way to celebrate our beautiful planet than with fun-filled activities in the Capital City? Whether you’re looking to become one with nature, get more active or start shopping local, here’s your guide to everything Earth Day and sustainable living in Baton Rouge. 

2021 EARTH DAY EVENTS 

  • The Virtual Earth Day Run Challenge

On-going Event

All month long, Capital City residents and visitors alike are seeing how many times they can run—and walk—the distance of the equator (24,901 miles) in honor of Earth Day. To participate in this virtual fitness challenge and help this group beat last year’s record of 51,023.592 collective miles, join the Earth Day Run Challenge Facebook group and register here. Participants can keep track of their miles and upgrade their registration to receive a t-shirt, a medal and a stainless steel straw. 

  • BREC’s Earth Day At The Park

On-going Event

BREC invites families to celebrate Earth Day at local parks with new crafting activity stations. Families are encouraged to stop by anytime during these events to create crafts such as bird feeders, rock decorations and reusable t-shirt bags.* Search the  list of BREC Parks for more information regarding park-specific event dates and times. *Please provide your own t-shirt. 

  • Paddle Away

Saturday, April 17, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Come join BREC staff and Paddle BR by testing the waters at the beautiful Bayou Fountain. Cost ranges from $10-12 and be sure to register in advance.

  • Household Hazardous Materials Collections Day

Saturday, April 17, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

East Baton Rouge Parish residents have the opportunity to properly dispose of their hazardous materials. Bring your batters, disinfectants, polishes and more to the collection location at LSU’s Touchdown Village Parking lot. Check here for more information and a full list of accepted materials.

  • Party for the Planet

Saturday, April 17, 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Participating in the annual, nationwide “Party for the Planet,”event, BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo will host a day filled with conservation, education, animal enrichment, and fun for the whole family onEarth Day weekend. This year, Louisiana Clean Fuels will also be showcasing their electric vehicles to teach guests about being green.  

  • Art Unwined: Bird Nerds

Saturday, April 17, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Gather your friends for a 21+ adults-only drink and paint event. Sip mimosas and munch on bagels while you learn how to watercolor a bird from local artist Marita Gentry at BREC’s Bluebonnet Swamp. Art supplies, food, and wine are included.

  • Highland Road Park Observatory - Plus Nights

Saturday, April 17, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Earth Day weekend continues with the perfect outdoor event for all ages. Families and friends are invited to tour the sky, view “birth” stars and observe physical science demonstrations at the Highland Road Park Observatory. Don’t forget to join in on the special marshmallow roast behind the observatory! 

  • Earth Day Yoga

Thursday, April 22, 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.

What better way to start Earth Day than with an outdoor yoga class from Future Fitness Wellness Center? Register to join Amanda Mays as she teaches an all-levels yoga class. Tickets are $25.

  • Trail Time For Toddlers

Thursday, April 22, 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Bring your toddler on an interactive nature trail through the Bluebonnet Swamp. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the swamp, arts and crafts, storytelling, animal encounters, and healthy snacks. Sign up is on a monthly basis (4 weekly classes) with the option for the Wednesday or Thursday session. Registration opens on the first of the month.

  • Senior Gardening 

Thursday, April 22, 10 a.m.- 11 a.m.

Get outside and revel in nature for Earth Day. Seniors are invited to breathe in some fresh air and socialize while gardening at Alsen park. Long sleeve shirts and pants are encouraged.

  • Sunset Paddle

Thursday, April 22, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. 

Watch the sunset on the water from a canoe or kayak at the Milford Wampold Park. Kayaks and canoes are available to rent for this sunset paddle, but register soon as they are limited.

  • Green Stick Workshop

Saturday, April 24, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Always promoting the importance of plants and how they affect our environment, the LSU Botanic Gardens will be hosting its Green Stick Workshop where attendees can create beautiful, small-scale garden spaces without having to maintain a large landscape. Don’t forget to wander through the multiple gardens on the grounds to learn about native Louisiana plants. 

  • City Nature Challenge

Friday, April 30 - Monday, May 3 

Compete against other cities across the globe in this 4-day nature competition, where you can show Baton Rouge’s unique wildlife to the world. Learn more about participating here, and help us show off Baton Rouge’s diverse ecosystem this Earth Day. 

 

MORE WAYS TO LIVE SUSTAINABLY IN BATON ROUGE

  • Capital Area Transit System (CATS)
    Did you know that one bus removes almost 55 cars off the road and reduces the toxic emissions released into our atmosphere? Explore every corner of Baton Rouge with the city’s convenient local fixed route transportation system, which also offers mobile bus tracking and ‘CATS on Demand’ services. Find a bus schedule and fair information here.
     
  • Gotcha Bike Share
    Whether you want to cruise along the Greenway or need to run quick errands down the street, Gotcha Bike Share offers e-bike rentals located throughout the city to offer a sustainable and affordable way to explore for residents, students and visitors alike. 
     
  • Red Stick Farmers Market
    Bring the family to the market on Thursday and Saturday mornings to help support local farmers and the planet. Shop for farm fresh produce, goods, and more, or just sit back and enjoy a mouth-watering cooking demonstration.
     
  • The Market - The Oasis
    Known as the “fastest growing Farmer’s Market in the Great Baton Rouge Area,” families are invited to shop local at The Oasis every Saturday. With vendors that change weekly, there is always something new to find. If you grow, farm, or bake, the Oasis invites you to apply to become a vendor!
     
  • Thrifting
    Find your next treasure while shopping second hand or donate before you throw your unused items out! Whether you’re looking for a new DIY project or a stunning outfit, these thrift stores not only sell gently used goods, but many profit local charities and community programs:
    • Purple Cow
    • Here Today Gone Tomorrow 
    • Connections For Life
    • Our Hope Thrift & Donation Center
    • Goodwill
    • Plato’s Closet
    • America’s Thrift Stores & Donation