EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — Fans of Earth Day can spend this weekend going from one green activity to another at parks, gardens and li-braries around the region.
And they can keep going through Earth Week, which lasts through the following weekend. The state Department of Environmental Protection lists Earth Day and Earth Week activities at nj.gov/dep/seeds/earthday/april.htm.
Start with the Cape May County Earth Day Fair on Saturday at its Park and Zoo in Middle Township and on Sunday attend the ACUA’s 28th annual Earth Day Festival at its environmental park in Egg Harbor Township.
In between, visit Hamilton Mall all weekend for a free reusable shopping bag from the Customer Service desk.
Clean Ocean Action has plenty of Beach Sweeps still open for participation on Saturday, although those in Atlantic City and Brigantine have reached their capacity.
To see a full list of locations and to register, visit cleanoceanaction.org.
COA will host Beach Sweeps this weekend and next.
Volunteers pick up and remove debris, and record and calculate data about the debris, according to COA.
Last year, 7,416 volunteers removed 373,686 pieces of debris from more than 60 sites in 53 municipalities and parks along the Atlantic Ocean coast, bayshores, inland rivers, lakes and streams, COA said.
A record 84.46 percent of the items collected were plastic or foam plastic — most single-use plastic items like food packaging — the group said.
The Cape May County fair on Saturday starts with a 5K Earth Day Race and 1 Mile Fun Run.
There will be also be children’s story time, an inflatable obstacle course and slide, an interactive drum circle, hands-on educational exhibits, a naturalist hike, food and crafts, according to organizers.
From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, the Nature Center of Cape May will hold a cleanup day at the gardens and nearby beaches. The center asks that participants bring their own tools.
Saturday also includes an electronics recycling fundraiser 9 a.m. to noon at the David C Wood 4-H Center/Fairgrounds at 3210 Route 50 in Mays Landing.
Old electronics that have power and no compressor are welcome, such as computers, home appliances, office equipment and more. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., kids ages 3 to 12 can make up-cycled glowing lanterns at the Atlantic County Library in Brigantine. It’s free. For more information see atlanticlibrary.org.
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“In the spirit of Earth Day, reuse a jar (provided) to create a lantern of your own design,” says the library’s information. “May be messy.”
Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. garden volunteers will talk about the history of Mill Creek Community Garden in Manahawkin, and the Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences will hold an Earth Day Plant Sale.
The plant sale will offer native plants to purchase. There will be free educational sessions to explain the benefits and needs of native plants, which have lots of environmental benefits for wildlife and need less water, according to New Jersey Audubon.
Sunday includes the ACUA Earth Day Festival, which is expected to attract thousands of people, and a celebration at Historic Batsto Village in Wharton State Forest.
The ACUA’s event will include tours of its wind farm and recycling center, childrens’ games and crafts, music, food, vendors, environmental education and more.
Batsto’s includes activities and nature walks and talks, according to organizers.