While helping build other people houses isn't intrinsically helping out the environment, it's a great way to spend time outdoors, do good and possibly "go green" by using eco-friendly re-purposed wood and building products. This volunteer opportunity can become a regular family activity lasting beyond Earth Day 2011. You can find building sites on their website here.
Most people live within driving distance to a zoo, aquarium or botanical garden. Since it's not quite summer, lines and crowds might be at a minimum, making a day trip a relaxing, fun and educational outing for both you and the kids. Make sure to read up on the animals or plant life so that you can come away from the experience with more knowledge about the earth's animal and plant life. The Official USA Zoo website has a thorough listing of zoos and aquariums by state.
Many US cities have expansive parks or expansive woods and areas to hike in. Pack up a sack lunch, grab the little ones and head out for a local outdoor exploration – even if it's in your back yard. Hiking can be a great activity for kids, as well as adults and can turn into an adventurous Earth Day activity. Even better, it's a fantastic way to get exercise and breathe in fresh air – something we could all stand to do a little more of. A list of national parks can be found on Wikipedia.
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