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Earth Day 2012: Eco-Friendly Activities in Your Area


Happy Earth Day everyone! If you don’t know how you’ll be celebrating today, and all week long check out our list of eco-friendly things to do. There are lots of opportunities all over the country. Find one in your area. 

New York Finger Lakes
Westin St. John Resort & Villas 
From now through December 31st, Westin St. John Resort & Villas is offering a $100 resort credit and transfers for guests who volunteer at nearby Virgin Islands National Park. With the Friends of the Virgin Islands National Park, visitors can participate in a one-day program to help maintain park trails and ruins, and remove debris from beaches and coastlines. All you have to do is show up at 8 a.m. any Tuesday or Thursday. Log on to to sign up and learn more.

Candor, NY
Donation Day at The Shoe Outlet at Route 96 Power & Paddle
On Sunday, Apr. 22 visitors and locals can bring in one pair of gently used shoes, boots or sandals to be donated to those in need. In return, you will receive 10 percent off one pair of regularly priced, in stock footwear. Giving back and getting shoes—sounds good to us!

New Jersey and Pennsylvania
Second Chance Toys 
Bring in old plastic toys to one of the 50 participating Kohl’s stores across New Jersey and Pennsylvania to be refurbished and donated to disadvantaged children. Not only will you be helping make a child happy but you’re keeping unused toys out of landfills. 

Philadelphia, PA
TerraMar Adventures Earth Day Trail Clean UP
Join the tk in helping to clean and maintain trails throughout Philadelphia. The annual clean up has been getting Philadelphians outdoors and restoring the wilds they hold dear for 5 years. Learn more about this year’s event at

Dallas, TX
Dallas getting more details from Caitlin Myers
Earth Day Dallas 2012 
Earth Day Dallas is an annual festival held to raise environmental awareness and change the way North Texans think, live, and work. Join in on April 22, at Fair Park in Dallas. In addition to green talks, films, and activities you’ll have the chance to join the Nature Conservancy's Picnic for the Planet as they attempt to break the world's record for the largest, simultaneous global picnic and don’t forget to join the DFW Truck Farm 5K Fun Run. Learn more about the free event here.

San Diego, CA
Critical Trash Afternoon
Take out the trash with Kimpton's Hotel Solamar and Jsix restaurant at their annual "critical trash," afternoon from 4 to 5 p.m. on April 22nd. The entire neighborhood of East Village San Diego is invited to come together and clean up their block. You’re not just helping the Earth, it's also a great way to meet your neighbors and take pride in your community!

As an editor at SHAPE I have the chance to learn about the healthiest ways to cook, eat, and live from all sorts of experts but I’m also a single girl living in NYC with a busy schedule, active social life, and chocolate cravings. I’m here to share what works for me—and where I need a little help from you.


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