It’s that time of year again, and we’re celebrating Earth Day all week! Even though Earth Day officially falls on Thursday, April 22nd this year, this week is a great time to think about all the wonderful things we can do to protect our planet. Going solar is a great way to live sustainably and generate renewable energy, which not only helps the planet, but also saves you money.
There are plenty of opportunities to celebrate this week, and we’ll be sharing Earth Day and solar-inspired activities, crafts, events, resource sheets and much more. Be sure to check back daily for new activities.
Don’t forget to share your work with us via our social media channels. Tag your posts with #SunFarmEnergyEarthWeek and we’ll share your creations!
Just can’t wait to get started? Check out our activities from Earth Week 2020.
Monday, April 19th: Solar 101
Earth Day is a great time to think about all the ways that you can make changes in your daily life. What better way to go green than producing your own clean energy right on your rooftop? We’re starting our Earth Week celebration by getting back to basics. Ever wondered how solar panels work? How about what materials are used? Check out our resource sheet for some Solar 101.
Bonus Activity: DIY Sun Oven
Already a solar expert? Then check out our first bonus activity: creating your own solar oven.
Tuesday, April 20th: Earth Day Inspired Crafts
Spring has finally arrived here in Northwest Florida and it’s time to get inspired by the natural world and put your creative mind to work! Paint, draw, collage, or check out some Earth Day kid-centered craft projects using items you can find right in your backyard. Did you know that you can use the power of the sun to create your own “photographs?” These activities are great for kids and families looking to spend more time outside. Check it out:
Bonus Activity: Grow Your Own Grass Head
Wednesday, April 21st: MountainFilm On Tour Event
MountainFilm is coming to Pensacola and Alabama! Each year the MountainFilm Festival celebrates our connection to the outdoors with a collection of adventure-packed short documentary films. Held each year in Telluride, CO, MoutainFilm has recently gone mobile and now travels across the country partnering with local organizations to share the love of adventure far and wide. Enjoy the first of three pop-up events tonight at 6:30pm at Big Beach Brewing Company in Gulf Shores AL, and stay tuned for more events coming to Fairhope and Pensacola later next week. Did we mention it’s free?
Bonus Activity: Plant-able Paper Earth Craft
Thursday, April 22nd: Take a Hike!
Happy Earth Day! What better way to celebrate our amazing natural world than by hitting the trails? Take a hike or nature walk at the Gulf Islands National Seashore, or grab your binoculars for some bird watching along the Bayou Marcus Birding Trail. You can check out some of our favorite spots at the link above – plus don’t forget our bonus activity! How many native Northwest Florida species can you check off your list?
Bonus Activity: Native Species Scavenger Hunt
Friday, April 23rd: In-Season Eats
On our last day of Earth Week we’re celebrating all the amazing fruits & vegetables that are currently in season here in Northwest Florida. Check out our guide at the link above for a full list of in-season produce, a guide to local markets in our area, and some recipe inspiration. Let’s get cooking!