Washington, D.C. Earth Day Activity on Saturday – National Mall Clean Up

Look for my Washington DC Earth Day activities round-up on Thursday night - it will feature ways for families to get green-involved (and entertained) Saturday April 17 - Sunday April 25. Get your kids interested in service early, and enjoy the National Mall now that cherry blossom madness has calmed down this Saturday.  At 10:30 a.m., the Trust for the National Mall and Earth Day Network invite families to a volunteer clean up of the National Mall (aka "America's Front Yard") and get the Earth Read more...

Haiti & MLK, Jr. Day of Service – Ways Families Can Help

My apologies for not putting together a big list of family friendly activities celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy throughout the entire weekend, as I have in years past.  In addition to it being a very busy time in my family, it's been hard for me to hit my desk without becoming wrapped up in reading the news about the people of Haiti.  (Photo credit AP/Jorge Cruz.)But tomorrow is not only the day we celebrate Dr. King's birthday, it's also the National Day of Service.  So Read more...

Recycling Center & Dump – Accidentally Awesome Field Trip

The Dump: Better than an episode of Bob the Builder After moving out of our old house and into a new one this weekend, a trip to The Dump (aka The Montgomery County Solid Waste Transfer Station) was in order. Neither the kids nor I had ever been, and boy, were we in for a treat. What I thought was going to be a dull domestic duty turned out to be an accidentally awesome family outing. Although we're pros at scheduling bulk trash collections several times a year, some items like wood fencing Read more...

Guest Post by Jennifer Chambers of Hiking Along: Earthmanship Everyday

Jennifer Chambers is the founder and leader of Hiking Along, a hiking and science program that "engages children in exploration of the natural world and encourages them to appreciate and learn about the environment and how humans impact it." Jennifer leads groups of children, preschool to high school, on hikes of scenic trails around the Metro DC regionand in hands-on science activities. Jennifer is also a parent in Silver Spring, and her children Brighid and Vaughn are "...experienced hikers, Read more...

Earth Day 2009 in Washington DC, Silver Spring & Beyond

Photo courtesy NASA / Goddard Space Flight CenterLooking for a way to celebrate and educate your children for Earth Day? Check out these excellent, eco-savvy events happening this week in the Washington area. Live elsewhere in the nation? Discovery's Planet Green has listings for more Earth Day events nationwide.SATURDAYThe ReCycle Lady & EnzoDog Greenly Fly Into Silver Spring for a Saturday Kaleidoscope PerformanceSaturday April 18 2pm, Woodside Methodist Church, 8900 Georgia Avenue, Silver Read more...