"That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives." Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot
We only have one place to call home so let's love our planet this April. Check out these lists and blogs of all things planet-related to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, National Park Week from April 20-28 and Garden Month.
For Kids and Teens
- Read these great outdoors picture booksopens a new window and gardening picture booksopens a new window for young children.
- Experts agree that children should experience nature to encourage brain developmentopens a new window.
- Try collecting bits of nature while hiking to paint withopens a new window or go on a color nature walkopens a new window.
- Teens, go around the world to experience epic survival and wilderness storiesopens a new window.
Green Thumbs and Upcycling
- Don't throw everything out just yet: upcycle your trashopens a new window for DIY crafts, gifts and jewelry, furniture and more.
- Watch four-year-old "Recycling Guru" Kaitlin bust some recycling mythsopens a new window.
- Elevate your garden and fill it full of edible plantsopens a new window or grow a successful garden in Colorado's climateopens a new window.
- Give those green fingers a thumbs up with films about community gardens and urban farmingopens a new window.
- Can't get away to visit a National Park? Page through some gorgeous photography books and true storiesopens a new window about the national parks.
- Celebrate Earth Day by checking out these books and movies about climate change, energy rights and the future of wateropens a new window.
- Nature-loving writersopens a new window pen meditations about the beautiful planet we call home.
Wanderlust and Things to Do
- Ever wanted to leave civilization behind or explore the world? Find out how others have fared off the grid in these nonfiction booksopens a new window.
- See all of Colorado's offerings from hikes and climbs to Old West hauntsopens a new window.
- Check out the Exploration Passopens a new window, your free ticket to many area cultural attractions and museums. Sign up for tickets to the Denver Museum of Nature and Scienceopens a new window, Dinosaur Ridgeopens a new window, the Butterfly Pavilionopens a new window and more.
- Place a hold on a Colorado state park passopens a new window. Each backpack includes a state park pass, a guide to Colorado's 42 state parks and more.
Climate Books and Movies
- Explore the world from the comfort of home with these stunning documentariesopens a new window.
- Not quite sci-fi but cli-fi (climate fiction): climate changes and disasters, which lends itself to big expensive Hollywood disaster moviesopens a new window.
- Cli-fi has been steadily racing up the charts as it looks at the effects of climate change on the worldopens a new window.