Protect the Planet: Earth Day 2017 in Bethesda and D.C.

No matter your age, background, or political beliefs, there’s one resource that we all have an interest in protecting: The Earth. Earth Day has been celebrated around the world on April 22 since 1970. Community organizations and volunteers spend the day raising awareness about environmental protection and participating in events that help improve the planet.

Here in D.C., where organizations like Green America and the National Park Service are headquartered, there are plenty of things going on for Earth Day. If you want to do your part to protect the planet and have some fun in the process, check out the events below:

Anacostia Watershed Society 2017 Earth Day Cleanup

Though the river itself is only 8.5 miles long, the Anacostia River’s watershed extends 176 miles throughout D.C. and Maryland. The river’s biological habitat is one of the most important in the region. Unfortunately, the river is also one of the most polluted in the country.

On April 22 between 9 AM and 12 PM, the Anacostia Watershed Society is hosting a large-scale cleanup at multiple watershed sites around the D.C. region. Around 2,000 people will come out to help remove trash from the river and its surrounding terrain. After the cleanup, participants are invited to join an Earth Day Celebration at Bladensburg Waterfront Park. The festivities will include live music, free lunch, and exhibits from local schools and businesses. Registration is still open for several sites online.

Earth Day Festival at Brookside Gardens

Want to have fun while learning about how you can make small changes that have a big impact on the planet? Head over to Brookside Gardens in Wheaton on Sunday, April 23 for an exciting and informative Earth Day Festival. From 12 PM to 4 PM attendees can enjoy a garden volunteer project, green craft fair, plant sale, educational vendors, family activities, and much more. The event is free – for more information and a full schedule, check out the festival page on the Montgomery County Parks website.

Earth Day Celebration at NIH Bethesda Campus

Events promoting environmental awareness don’t end after Earth Day. The week after Earth Day is often considered Earth Week, when people and organizations continue promoting planetary protection. On April 27 from 10 AM to 2 PM, the Bethesda NIH Campus will be hosting its annual Earth Day celebration. At Building 1 and Building 45 attendees can check out exhibits from groups like the National Audubon Society and NIH Fleet Management, covering topics like electric vehicles, wildlife, green farming, and more. There will also be farmers’ market vendors, food trucks, live animal showcases, and games for the whole family. More information is available on the NIH website.

Choosing the best hotel in Bethesda or D.C.

Through both internal policies and community support, the American Inn of Bethesda is proud to do its part to help promote environmental protection. We believe in doing everything possible to leave a better world for posterity. If you’ll be in D.C. or Montgomery County for Earth Day and need a comfortable hotel near NIH or any other celebration sites, consider the American Inn.