All around the world, Earth Day is observed on April 22. To learn about the history of Earth Day, you can go to Earth Day Network, hover on ABOUT US, and click on “Earth Day History”.
In the Houston area, many organizations plan to celebrate this occasion, and you’re invited to participate!
Check out the local “Earth Day” events below. They are categorized by “Volunteer Opportunities” and “For Fun.”
Earth Day Houston
Click on “Events” at the top of the page.
Space Center Houston
Earth Day Kick-Off
Saturday, April 18 (Family Event)
Houston Arboretum & Nature Center
Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 18, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sugar Land Town Square
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rock – Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 18, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Earth Day is also a great time to reflect on the benefits of enjoying nature. Scientific research has shown that taking a break from work or a project, and spending time in nature, clears the mind and improves creativity, problem-solving skills and overall health.
Many people frustrated with their job search tend to think that to get better results, they need to increase productivity. Sending more resumes, attending more networking groups, etc. That is not always the case though!
Before adding more to your already full plate, read how spending time in nature can benefit you:
- “Want to be more creative? Get back to nature” by Sherry Baker, Health Sciences Editor, Natural News
- “Why Getting Outside is So Good for You, Are You Nature-Deprived?” by Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor
- “Spending time in nature makes people feel more alive, study shows” published in Science Daily
If the great outdoors is already beckoning you, it could be your mind and body needing to rejuvenate. Look through your community’s local newspaper or conduct an online search for your city/state to find parks, recreational, outdoor, and nature activities.
Here are a few websites for cities outside of Houston
- Conroe (http://www.cityofconroe.org/)
- Galveston (http://www.galveston.com/default.asp)
- Kingwood (http://www.kingwood.com/)
- Magnolia (http://www.cityofmagnolia.com/)
- Sugar Land (http://www.sugarlandtx.gov/)
- The Woodlands (http://www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/)
After spending some time in nature, you’ll most likely feel a renewed energy and be ready to pursue your goals.
I’d tell a tale sure to make you smile.
If I had a wish that I could wish for you,
I’d make a wish for sunshine for all the while.
Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy…John Denver
Josie Toth is a Regional Facilitator for Workforce Solutions in the Houston – Galveston area. She conducts job search skills seminars throughout the 13 county Gulf Coast region. After serving in the military, Josie utilized Workforce Solutions’ services. Her desire to help people led to an employment counselor position with Workforce Solutions, which she held for four years, until she found her niche as a Regional Facilitator.