Although the COVID-19 pandemic has changed most of our Spring plans such as attending native plant sales, educational workshops, tree plantings, and more, Earth Day is still right around the corner — April 22nd in fact. Earth Day 2020 is a special one; it marks the 50th Earth Day celebration and many people are using this milestone to reflect on how far the environmental stewardship movement has come and how far we still have to go.

Fifty years ago, there was no Environmental Protection Agency, no Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act and Clean Water Act were not yet officially signed into law. Rivers were burning, smog was suffocating our cities, and DDT was sprayed from airplanes across America. People were faced with the reality that while we only have one planet, the status quo will not allow us to continue to survive on it for long, thus, beginning an environmental revolution. Earth Day marks society’s unified response to our environmental crisis. Fast forward to 2020, and there is definitely, yet again, a need for environmental action.

While Earth Day will be different for most of us this year, there are still plenty of ways to get engaged and do something to benefit our planet. Alliance staff worked hard to compile a list of activities that people can do to support and celebrate the 50th Earth Day from the comfort of their own home, yard, or garden. So, grab your hiking boots and gardening gloves, and get ready to take advantage of your extra time at home!

Things you can do at home to celebrate and support Earth Day:

1. Get outdoors Working from home is great, but staying inside all day can be monotonous. To help break up your day and boost your mood, breath in some fresh air by going for a hike, walk, or run during your lunch break or in the evening with the whole family.

2. Work in your garden Digging your hands in the soil is good for not only your physical health, but your mental health as well. Welcome the spring season by planting native plants, fruits, and vegetables. Visit to find the perfect native species for your space.

3. Start a compost pile Composting your food waste will reduce the amount of waste you send to a landfill, and once it fully decomposes, you’re left with incredibly rich fertilizer you can use in your garden. 

4. Develop a stormwater runoff plan Utilize the Alliance’s Yard Design Tool to design a stormwater runoff plan that will provide tips on how to better manage water running off your property.

5. Plant a tree Native trees and shrubs help provide food and habitat for pollinators, birds, and other critters. Planting trees can also be a great way to engage and educate the whole family.Check out our Tree Talk videos on YouTube for help.

6. Go on a walk Take a stroll around your neighborhood and take a trash bag and gloves with you so you can clean up debris along the road or sidewalk. 

7. Plan a Project Clean Stream event for the fall You can even begin planning a Fall community cleanup-event with our Project Clean Stream program, which now kicks off to coincide with the National Day of Service on September 11th, 2020. Sign-up on the Chesapeake Network to receive regular updates and information regarding this important community event.

8. Stay home and learn with us Reducing the amount of time we spend running errands, driving to work, etc. plays a significant role in reducing our carbon footprint. While you’re home, learn with us by following the Alliance on Facebook and Instagram. We will continue to share content like our “Tree Talk” videos, useful links and resources, and a plethora of other educational information for you to use. Also, considering 

9. Join the Alliance’s Chesapeake Network You’ll learn about other actions you can take – from webinars to job postings to other resources, the Chesapeake Network is your place to stay connected with the conservation world.

10. Read a book about the Chesapeake Bay You can check out our blog post with a list of books about the Chesapeake Bay and some recommendations from staff.

While we may be celebrating Earth Day differently this year, we encourage everyone to be proactive for all communities and our planet. Are you celebrating Earth Day by doing something on our list? Let us know! Post a photo of how you’re celebrating on social media and tag the Alliance.