Looking for some ways to instill a respect for the environment in your kids? Here’s our list of some of the best things to do on Earth Day 2021 (and events scheduled a few days after) in East Cobb, and throughout Atlanta, including outdoor activities for kids and the whole family. Have fun while helping the planet !

#1 Earth Day (Eve) 2021: “Rising from the Ashes”
Georgia Coal Ash Documentary Screening

Wednesday, April 21
5:00 – 6:30 pm

The screening of this three-part docuseries will conclude with a panel, moderated by Daniel Blackman, who is a former Public Service Commission candidate and current Sierra Club Georgia Chapter Chair. The panel will feature the filmmakers and several of the community organizers, health experts, faith leaders, and environmental advocates in the film.

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#2 Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Earth Day for Kids

Thursday, April 22
10 a.m. to noon

Families and kids can enjoy garden-inspired activities and watch special performances on the Great Lawn.

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#3 Earth Day Barre3 FREE Outdoor Class

Thursday, April 22
10 a.m. to noon
The Avenue at East Cobb

Work out at a free socially-distanced Barre3 class or bring the kids to for a “Chalk the Lot” event. There will be sidewalk chalk available for kids to decorate the area with an Earth Day theme.

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#4 Chattahoochee Nature Center

9135 Willeo Rd
Roswell, Georgia 30075

April 1 to Oct. 31 – 2021 Georgia Scavenger Hunt to the Sea

A Scavenger Hunt Through Georgia’s Interconnected Water System where you can visit 14 unique sites. Some are entirely virtual and others can be completed online, but contact information about how you can visit in-person.

April 22 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Nature Club Dine and Discover: State of the Chattahoochee River with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Jason Ulseth

Join Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Jason Ulseth, over Zoom for this virtual Nature Club presentation. Jason will discuss the work of a Riverkeeper and the current issues facing the Chattahoochee River including the Water Wars, water pollution, and more. You will receive a Zoom link after you register and before the event. Register online. Admission for ages 16 and up is $10 for the public and $5 for CNC members. Advance registration required by Wed, April 21.

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#5 Community Recycling Event: Paper Shredding

Saturday, May 1
9:00 am – 1:00 pm

548 South Marietta Pkwy SE, Marietta 

Sponsored by Keep Cobb Beautiful, your sensitive documents are shredded on-site in front of you. Be sure to to remove paper clips and staples.Bring your old medical bills, bank statements, personal letters, canceled checks, and anything else you want destroyed.

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#6 Celebrating Earth Day at Bulloch Hall

Saturday, April 24
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bulloch Hall
180 Bulloch Ave.
Roswell, GA 30075

Bulloch Hall will host hands-on activities and games that highlight nature, wildlife, and gardening. The program was designed to be fun and educational for both children and adults. Tickets are $7, and Eventbrite adds sales tax plus a $2 fee.
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#7 Lowe’s Springfest

5925 Roswell Rd NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328
2650 Dallas Hwy. S.W, Marietta, GA 30064

All through April, Lowe’s is giving away garden kits. Registration for each giveaway starts one week before the event, and supplies are limited. You’ll pick up the garden kit curbside at Lowe’s. Registration for the final giveaway is on Earth Day, April 22nd.

The giveaways include:

April 22th: 500,000 tree saplings given out in honor of Earth Day. Register on April 15th.

April 29th: Lowe’s Butterfly Quest, which helps you create a butterfly garden. Register on April 22nd. 

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#8 Cobb County’s Medication Disposal Event

Saturday, April 24
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Two locations (see below)

Medications flushed down the toilet may contaminate our lakes, streams, and groundwater — causing harm to humans, wildlife, and vegetation. Cobb residents can safely dispose of leftover medicines by bringing them to one of these locations on April 24th only:

Whatever it is that inspires you in the outdoors, you can bet there is an Earth Day activity just for you! Here’s a great website to help you find activities in your community and to get ideas from “A Billion Acts of Green!”

We would love to hear about what’s going on in your community this Earth Day. Let us know in the comments section below.