Earth Day 2012 – Events in Los Angeles


The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970 with an estimated 20 million Americans participating.  The idea was conceived by Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-Wisconsin) Dennis Hayes after they witnessed the horrors of the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara.  On April 22, 2012, the 42nd Earth Day will be honored around the world with events organized throughout the entire month of April.

Earth Day Los AngelesBelow you will find a listing of the Earth Day events planned throughout Los Angeles (and northern Orange County) organized by area.  To find events organized by day please visit the calendar.  If you have an event you would like added to the calendar please contact us.  Events are being added continuously – please check back.  Please confirm event details with the organizer before heading out, EcoBuzz cannot be responsible for changes or errors in event information.



Disneynature’s Chimpanzee Opening Week

When:  Friday, April 20th – Thursday, April 26, 2012
Where:  Movie theatres everywhere

Disneynature’s new true-life adventure, Chimpanzee, opens everywhere on Friday, April 20, 2012.  For every moviegoer who sees Chimpanzee during the film’s opening week (April 20-26, 2012), Disneynature will make a donation to the Jane Goodall Institute through the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund in order to protect chimpanzees and their habitats, now and into the future.



TrashARTist Earth Day Expo

When:  Saturday, April 21, 2012 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Center Street Promenade, W Center Street, Anaheim, CA 92899

MUZEO is hosting their 3rd annual TrashARTist Challenge!  They will feature an Expo with over 100 booths showing off students’ “trash art projects” at the Center Street Promenade in Downtown Anaheim.  Student winners will be announced that day, and the winning entries will be on display at MUZEO between April 21 and May 28.  To vote for your favorite TrashARTist project visit the TrashARTist Challenge website.  This family event also features a sustainability showcase to teach about conservation and recycling, craft booths, music, entertainment, food trucks, and professional trash artist workshops. The event is free to the public.  MUZEO is also offering a kids free day on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at their museum in Anaheim.  Up to 4 kids free with each paying general admission.  For more information about the Earth Day Expo or the Kids Free Day at MUZEO visit


Culver City:

Eco Station’s Children’s Earth Day

When:  Sunday, April 22, 2012 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Center Street Promenade, W Center Street, Anaheim, CA 92899

STAR Eco Station will host its 12th annual Children’s Earth Day on Sunday, April 22, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Billed as the largest children’s environmental event in Los Angeles County, it will feature environmental-themed games, food, crafts, prizes, vendor booths, face painting, children’s art exhibits, celebrity guests, and more.  The Eco Station is a non-profit environmental science museum and exotic wildlife rescue center in Culver City.  Admission to the Children’s Earth Day event is free, with discounted tours of the Eco Station available.  For more information visit


La Cañada Flintridge:

Descanso Gardens Earth Day

When:  Sunday, April 22, 2012 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where:  Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

Learn more about ecosystems at Descanso’s annual Earth Day celebration. Children can explore nature through hands-on activities.  Discover the “locavore” culinary movement, celebrating locally raised food, at Patina’s eco-friendly barbecue where mouth-watering selections will be sold.  Activities and barbecue will be held on the main lawn.  Most activities free with admission.  For more information visit



California Poppy Festival

When:  Saturday, April 21st and Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Where:  Descanso Gardens 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011

Lancaster boasts one of California’s most abundant crops of vibrant poppies and on Earth Day weekend, April 21st and 22nd, visitors can see these brilliant flowers and enjoy an Earth Day celebration.  The festival includes hundreds of exhibits and performances with over 55 acres of activities.  Wear comfortable shoes, sun protection and remember to leave pets, skateboards, bikes, radios, frisbees and picnic equipment at home.  Adults are $8, seniors and children 6-12 are $5.  Parking is free.  For more information visit


Long Beach:

Aquarium of the Pacific Earth Day Celebration

When:  Saturday, April 21st and Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where:  Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

Join the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach for a weekend of Earth Day events.  Learn how to help our ocean planet, visit booths from earth-friendly organizations and participate in hands-on learning demonstrations.  The Aquarium will also be collecting e-waste and outdated AT&T yellow pages at the eWaste and AT&T booths.  Bring your old yellow pages or unwanted electronic gadgets and receive a $7 off adult admission coupon valid for April 21st and 22nd.  For more information visit


Children’s Day and Earth Day Celebration & Parade

When:  Saturday, April 28, 2012 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where:  El Dorado Park – Stage by the Duck Pond, 2400 Studebaker and Willow, Long Beach, CA 90815

A day long festival to celebrate Children’s Day and Earth Day is planned for Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 11:00 am – 4:0o pm at the state by the duck pond at El Dorado Park in Long Beach.  Performances include children’s choirs, folkorico, gymnastics, Cambodiann singers and dancers, drummers, drill teams and more.  For more information visit


Los Angeles:

Los Angeles Zoo Earth Day Expo Weekend

When:  Saturday, April 21st and Sunday, April 22nd, 2012 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where:  Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802

Join the L.A. Zoo and K-EARTH101 FM for two days of music, entertainment, and education that celebrates California wildlife. Visit the Zoo’s featured animal booths, including harbor seals, California condors, California brown pelicans, California desert tortoise, Channel Island foxes, and bighorn sheep. Other activities:

  • Have your face painted, create a tie-dye t-shirt, and meet your favorite disc jockey at the K-EARTH 101 FM activity booths.
  • Visit Earth-friendly exhibitors throughout the Zoo’s front entrance.
  • Learn about healthy minds, bodies and living in an interactive family-friendly environment!
  • Receive a FREE activity book and learn to make recycling part of your everyday life.

All activities are free to GLAZA members and with paid Zoo admission.

For more information visit


Los Angeles County Museum of Art

When:  Sunday, April 22, 2012 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Where:  Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Celebrate Earth Day at the Los Angeles County Museum of Act (LACMA) Because EARTH without ART is just “EH”. The day of programs and activities for all ages includes workshops, films, tours, guided walks, storytelling, music and more.  Free admission to those who bike to the museum or use alternated transportation.  For more information visit



Malibu Beach Cleanup Earth Day

When:  Sunday, April 22, 2012 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Where:  Surfrider Beach, 23500 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265

Join Heal the Bay volunteers at Malibu Beach for a beach cleanup on Sunday April 22, 2012 from 9:00 am – 10:30 pm.  Earth Day is a great opportunity to get involved and help to ensure that our beautiful coastline beaches are clean.  The cleanup is open to all ages (kids must be accompanied by an adult).  Please bring your own bucket or bag, reusable gloves and refillable water bottles.  Volunteers must register in advance and have a signed waiver.  For more information and to register visit


Manhattan Beach:

Earth Day Celebration at Polliwog Park

When:  Saturday, April 28, 2012 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where:  Polliwog Park, Corner of Redondo Avenue and Manhattan Beach Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Celebrate Earth Day at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm on Saturday, April 28, 2012 with great food, eco-friendly booths, kids’ activities, edible garden workshop, entertainment and much more.  For more information visit


Rancho Palos Verdes:

Terranea Resort Earth Week Events

When:  Wednesday, April 18th – Sunday, April 22nd, 2012
Where:  Terranea Resort, 100 Terranea Way, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

Walk, Bike or Share-a-Ride Day (Wednesday, April 18) – Guests are encouraged to explore Terranea and the local Rancho Palos Verdes area via mass transit, and check out options for carpooling. On April 18, guests who carpool to the resort can validate their parking tickets at Pointe Discovery to receive complimentary valet parking. Less driving means fewer emissions and every gallon of gas saved also keeps 20 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere.

Sea Lion Release and Volunteer Drive (Thursday, April 19) – Partnering with Terranea, the Marine Mammal Care Center rehabilitation and rescue team, will be releasing rescued Sea Lions back into their natural habitat. The five-star send off for the marine mammal friends will begin at 10:00 a.m. and take place at the Terranea Beach Cove. To date, the Marine Mammal Care Center at Fort MacArthur has treated and helped rehabilitate more than 4,500 marine mammal patients. Volunteers will have a behind-the-scenes opportunity to work with the rescue team while they examine, feed and help recover sea lions and other marine wildlife. Throughout the day, guests are encouraged to sign-up for volunteer time at the Marine Mammal Care Center. Donations of office supply items such as paper towels or highlighters, which are critical to operations at the Care Center, are also welcomed.

Growing A Billion Acts of Green® Tree and Habitat Restoration (Friday, April 20) – Plant a seed and grow a tree of action. Guests are invited to walk the Discovery Trail that surrounds Terranea Resort and learn about the indigenous plants and wildlife through naturalist-guided tours. A sampling of plants includes Dune Buckwheat (host plant to the endangered El Segundo Blue Butterfly), California Bush Sunflower, Lemonade Berry, and Coastal Prickly Pear. This varied mix of perennials, cacti and hardy shrubs provides a visual feast of color and texture for trail goers, as well as a welcome refuge for local wildlife. As keepers of this natural habitat, guests will work together as a team to restore indigenous plants, remove debris and help clean-up the Discovery Trail and surrounding area for the local wildlife.

Energy Conservation (Saturday, April 21) – The activity of focus for the day. Lighting throughout the entire resort will be turned off or dimmed to the lowest possible setting. Guests are encouraged to conserve and participate as well. Saving electricity doesn’t just save money, it saves the environment by reducing pollution.

Earth Day, Fun with Purpose through Aqua-Terra Adventures (Sunday, April 22) – Guests can help preserve their home away from home. Tapping into the expertise of naturalists, ornithologist, and artists, Terranea has created adventures that provide hours of fun, while offering teachable moments in nature.  Whether it’s by firsthand exploration of the tide pools and nature trails or through educational programs, guests will leave with a connection to this wondrous place. Guests are invited to experience a variety of unique workshops and excursions throughout the day from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. including: A Hawk Walk with Falconers, Ocean Clean-Up by Kayak, Edible Landscaping Demonstration, and Discovery Trail Hikes.  All program fees will be donated to local non-profit organization partners.

Denim Collection Turns Blue to Green (April 18-22): Terranea’s Pointe Discovery will be collecting donated denim from guests throughout Earth Week to help support Cotton. From Blue to Green®.  Through the Cotton. From Blue to Green® program, denim is collected and converted to UltraTouch Denim Insulation to be been used in the building of multiple homes for communities in need. UltraTouch Denim Insulation is environmentally safe and offers exceptional acoustic and thermal performance without carcinogenic warnings, formaldehyde, or chemical irritants.


Redondo Beach:

Redondo Beach Earth Day Celebration

When:  Saturday, April 21, 2012  10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where:  The SEA Lab, 1021 North Harbor Drive, Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Presented by the City of Redondo Beach and the SEA Lab, the SEA Lab will host an Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.    Participate in a beach cleanup, attend a composting workshop, learn how to create water efficient gardens and trade in your plastic bags for reusable tote bags.  There will be also be a chalk art challenge!  The event is free and free parking is available at the Redondo Beach Marina near Ruby’s Diner if you bring a copy of the event flyer.  Visit for more information and a copy of the event flyer.


Santa Monica:

Beach Cleanup – Earth Day

When:  Saturday, April 21, 2012  10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where:  Santa Monica Beach – Ocean Park, 2600 Barnard Way (at the end of Ocean Park), Santa Monica, CA 90405

Join Heal the Bay volunteers at Santa Monica Beach for the monthly Nothin’ But Sand beach cleanup on Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.  Earth Day is a great opportunity to get involved and help to ensure that our beautiful coastline beaches have nothing but sand.  The cleanup is open to all ages (kids must be accompanied by an adult).  Please bring your own bucket or bag, reusable gloves and refillable water bottles.  Come early to look for street parking or pay the early bird (before 9 am) lot rate.  Volunteers must register in advance and have a signed waiver.  For more information and to register visit


Santa Monica Pier Aquarium Earth Weekend

When:  Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22, 2012,  11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Where:  Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, 1600 Ocean Front Walk, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Celebrate Earth Day all weekend at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium with special presentations and activities for all ages.  Enjoy arts and crafts, face painting, workshops, performances and presentations.  Suggested $5 donation, adult admission $3, children 12 & under are free.  Free admission to everyone who participates in the Nothin’ But Sand Cleanup from 10 am – noon on Saturday, April 21, 2012 (registration required).

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Tadasana Festival

When:  Friday, April 20 – Sunday, April 22, 2012,  8:00 am – 7:00 pm
Where:  Santa Monica Beach, 2600 Barnard Way, Santa Monica, CA 90405

The Tadasana Festival of Yoga & Music is a three-day transformative experience in Santa Monica, CA, to be held over Earth Day Weekend, April 20-22, 2012. Attendees will be able to choose from 60 master teachers offering 75+ classes and workshops with live, in-class musical performances by artists from around the world, as well as dozens of lectures and an eco-conscious shopping market in an outstanding location, a mere five-minute walk from the famed Santa Monica Pier.

The Tadasana Village, located at the edge of the beach facing the Pacific Ocean, will feature five themed yoga tents, The Daily Love Lounge Lecture Dome, artwork, chill zones, an organic food court, 60+ booths of eco-goodness and so much more!

Tadasana will treat attendees to an outstanding community experience, featuring world class yoga and one-of-a-kind musical events, in a city that has become the epicenter of yoga in America. A typical day begins around 8 am with beach strolls, smoothies, organic food and of course, yoga. Morning meditations will be on tap for early risers. Throughout the day, attendees choose from a variety of classes, workshops and lectures. In addition to practicing yoga, the Tadasana Village will offer an awesome place for people to connect, shop, eat and hang.

1-day ($99) and 3-day ($295) passes are available.

For more information visit


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