"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, World Day on April 23, Garden Week from April 4–8 and National Parks Week from April 15–22.
For Kids and Teens
- Read these great outdoors picture books and gardening picture books for young children.
- Experts agree that children should experience nature to encourage brain development.
- Try collecting bits of nature on a hike to paint with when you are home.
- Go on a color nature walk and write a story about your adventure.
- App Review: Toca Nature. Children design a virtual forest, complete with natural features and animals, to see how the world works together.
- Teens, go around the world to experience epic survival and wilderness stories.
Green Thumbs and Upcycling
- Don't throw everything out just yet: upcycle your trash for DIY crafts, gifts and jewelry, furniture and more.
- Watch four-year-old "Recycling Guru" Kaitlin bust some recycling myths.
- Elevate your garden and fill it full of edible plants.
- Grow a successful garden in Colorado's climate.
- Give those green fingers a thumbs up with films about community gardens and urban farming.
- Can't get away to visit a National Park? Page through some gorgeous photography books and true stories about the national parks.
- Plan a visit to a National Park.
- Celebrate Earth Day by checking out these books and movies about climate change, energy rights and the future of water.
- Nature-loving writers 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 books.
- See all of Colorado's offerings from hikes and climbs to Old West haunts.
- Check out the Exploration Pass, your free ticket to many area cultural attractions and museums. Sign up for tickets to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Dinosaur Ridge, the Butterfly Pavilion and more today.
- Place a hold on a Colorado state park pass. 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 documentaries.
- Not quite sci-fi but cli-fi (climate fiction): climate changes and disasters, which lends itself to big expensive Hollywood disaster movies.
- Cli-fi has been steadily racing up the charts as it looks at the effects of climate change on the world.