Amber is a stay-at-home mom to two girls and wife of a medical school student. They recently moved to Eastern Tennessee for school and are having a blast discovering Knoxville and surrounding areas. She also blogs at Because Babies Grow Up talking about play, literacy, and music for the under-five crowd.

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Celebrating Earth Day in Knoxville

Earth Day 2010Earth Day is a terrific way to introduce our families to nature, recycling and other conservation efforts. I am drawn to Earth Day because being green is not necessarily at the top of my list in every choice I make for my family. Earth Day gives me a chance once a year to learn something new I can do for the environment. I then try to implement that over the year and see how I’ve done on the next Earth Day.

Part of choosing what change we are ready to make is knowing what options are available to us, especially locally. Knoxville has some great Earth Day events to help spread the word about what’s being done locally and how we can incorporate that into our homes with our families. As I get ready for Earth Day Aprill 22, here are some events for you to choose from.

Earth Day Events 2010

EarthFest 2010
Pellissippi State’s main campus
April 17, 2010
10 am-5 pm
A day of food, fun, entertainment, and lots of environmental education opportunities. Admission is FREE! Find more info at EarthFest’s website.

Simon Kidgits Club Eco Event
West Town Mall & Knoxville Center
April 17, 2010
The event will celebrate the environment and encourage an appreciation of nature and Earth’s resources, while promoting family-fun activities. Kids and parents can learn about environmental appreciation, conservation and recycling through hands-on gardening activities and games, including decorating a seed pot and planting herb seeds! The event is Free and open to the community.

Earth Day 2010
Oak Ridge’s A.K. Bissell Park
April 24, 2010
11 am- 3 pm
This FREE, family–friendly event features great food, local musicians and performers, educational presentations, a dedicated children’s park that supports “No Child Left Inside,” Xtreme outdoors, Big and Little Science, artisans and green vendors, animals, enviro-education, prizes, and something for all ages!  Additional information is available at

Party for the Planet
Knoxville Zoo
April 25, 2010
1-4 pm
The Recycled Arts Project is a competition for elementary, middle school and high school students to showcase turning reusable, recyclable objects into art. These projects will be displayed and voted on by visitors. Additionally, a host of companies and organizations on hand presenting information on how they are making a positive impact on the earth’s environment.

How do you celebrate Earth Day with your family?

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