Big Love to Mother Earth: 2015 Jersey City Earth Day Celebrations

Oh happy day, Mother Earth! Today on the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, its significance seems more and more important and the need to stop and acknowledge that the earth is not a limitless resource becomes more and more urgent with each passing day. What better way to call attention to mama Earth than through big, fat celebrations?

And you know what Jersey City is good at? Celebration. So, here's what's happening around Chilltown this weekend. Sadly, we'll be out of town (I loved this weekend last year, just a few days after we moved into town and I started this blog!). But I trust you will turn out in droves to support, and will let me know via Twitter stream from afar exactly how everything is going. Don't forget to pour one out for your homie.


SATURDAY, APRIL 25

Earth Day at Liberty State Park | 10 AM-4 PM | Free Admission

Event description: New Jersey's largest Earth Day celebration, with Earth Day celebrating its 24th year. Adults, teens and kids look forward to attending the "litter free" and "carbon neutral" event filled with non‑stop entertainment, non‑stop educational fun and the HCIA's Annual 5K Race/Walk and Kidsl Fun Run. Over 100 vendors engage in activities intended to inspire awareness and appreciation of Mother Earth and the world around us.

Earth Day 5K at Liberty State Park | Starts at 10 AM | $25.00 Race Fee + $3.25 Sign-up Fee

Event description: Please join us rain or shine on Saturday, April 25th, 2015 at 10am at Liberty State Park for the Earth Day 5K Run. T-shirts to all pre-registrants & post-registrants while supplies last. Post race refreshments at the Earth Day Fair, featuring the Earth Day Kid’s Kingdom! All activities, including parking, located in beautiful Liberty State Park.

JC Reservoir Spring Cleanup 2015 | 9 AM-NOON | Free

Event description: Join us the week of Earth Day for our Spring cleanup! As the weather is warming up and the Reservoir is once again open, we need the help of volunteers to keep the paths clear and clean for everyone to enjoy. We will be mulching paths, pruning trails, and cutting shoots. We recommend bringing gloves, pruners, and water but we will have some supplies to loan out. Any amount of help is greatly appreciated and we hope to see you there!


SUNDAY, APRIL 26

City of Jersey City Earth Day Celebration | 280 Grove Street (in front of City Hall) | 12-6 PM | Free admission

Event description: There will be a market of earth friendly products, workshops, kids' activities, giveaway and food and beverage. This is a really fun one to hit up.

Meet the Goats and Celebrate Mother Earth Festival | The Historic Jersey City & Harsimus Cemetery | 12-8 PM | $5-10 suggested donation

Event description: Bring the family & Meet the Goats! A wonderful day to enjoy our 350 years of nature and history (

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*Note: Special thanks to Zaida Grunes for the tip on this last one. I really wish we could go to this and share the experience with you -- the World's Cutest Human would LOSE HER MIND at baby goats. But we'll definitely plan a trip to meet them soon, so we'll post a recap when it happens. Because baby goats.

Lafayette Neighborhood Cleanup | Meet at Nu Bar, 339 Communipaw Avenue | 1-4 PM | Free

Event description: Bike JC and RSVP of Hudson County are hosting Spring cleaning in Lafayette! We need volunteers to lend a hand with cleaning up and improving out neighborhood. The Jersey City Incineratory Agency (JCIA) is providing the dumpster and all the necessary supplies. Event HQ will be hosted at Nu Bar. Not able to help with physical cleanup but still want to help?  Let us know as there are many positions to fill day of. For question or additional info, use the following contacts: Alexandra @ 201-529-9706 or Damian@BikeJC.org.

What's missing from this list? Who else is having a party? Please add them in the comments below or let me know via Twitter and I will update the post. Have a wonderful, safe and fun weekend and viva mama Earth!