Earth Day Weekend

Mark your calendars – we’ve planned free fun for the whole family at locations across San Diego! County Parks is celebrating Earth Day with a series of outdoor events. Read on to get the scoop.

4/22 – Family Picnic Day
April 22 is not just Earth Day – it’s also Family Picnic Day! And we’ve planned a lawn party from 2 to 6 p.m. for all ages to enjoy. We’re bringing a bounce house, face-painters and arts and crafts to Lindo Lake… You bring your family and your favorite picnic dishes. Activities kick off after the morning’s Creek to Bay cleanup event (see below). For more information, call 619-443-1666.

4/22 – Earth Day Back Trails Hike
Join Ranger Bill on an April 22 Earth Day hike through the Santa Ysabel East Preserve. Participants will visit the future site of the new nature center before heading up the hill to the old toll road for incredible valley views. This is a moderate, 6-mile hike that meets at the Highway 79 staging area. Start time is 9 a.m. Participants should wear sturdy shoes, dress in layers and bring plenty of water and sun protection. For more information, call 760-765-4098.

4/22 – Creek to Bay Cleanup
Last year, a record 6,400 volunteers took action to protect waterways and nearby habitats by participating in 110 cleanup events across San Diego – successfully removing 150,000 pounds of litter. The stage is set for an even bigger turnout this year… will you join us? We’ll be at the locations below on April 22. For more information, visit You will be prompted to create a free account in order to view individual opportunities.

  • Live Oak County Park
  • Lindo Lake County Park
  • Los Peñasquitos
  • Flinn Springs County Park
  • Sweetwater Regional Park
  • Otay Lakes County Park
  • Tijuana River Valley Community Garden

4/23 – Balboa Park Earth Fair
The San Diego EarthWorks Earth Fair at Balboa Park is one of the largest of its kind in the world, powered by 350 volunteers with 300 exhibits, a parade, educational activities, and entertainment for all ages. This year, County Parks is setting up two displays – one where kids build a human-sized bug with their own bodies, and another where families can sing along to catchy earth-friendly tunes with Rangers Michelle and Alex. This free event runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Public transit and carpooling are encouraged. Learn more by watching the promotional video.  

View more events at County Parks on the County News Center Events page.

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