15 ways to celebrate Earth Day 2023 across Alabama

View Of Mountains And Trees At Cheaha State Park
While this Cheaha view isn’t exactly from the Bald Rock Overlook, it gives you an idea of what you’ll see when you get there.(Sharron Swain / Bham Now)

Happy 53rd Earth Day  Alabama!! 

Established on April 22, 1970, millions of people in the U.S. and across the planet held teach-ins, festivals and rallies. The first Earth Day remains one of the largest single-day peaceful protests in human history. 

Public support for environmental causes grew exponentially after the first Earth Day leading to the passage of a plethora of environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act and Endangered Species Act.  

In Alabama, citizens campaigned for the creation of the Sipsey Wilderness in the Bankhead National Forest and recycling projects popped up all over the state.

Do you have plans for Earth Day this year? Here is a comprehensive list of events across the state you can participate in.

Earth Day at Alabama State Parks

Live near an Alabama State Park? 

Earlier this month, Alabama State Park’s released a schedule of six special events occurring on Earth Day. Check them out

Earth Day in Mobile Bay and Coastal Alabama

Mobile Bay
View of downtown Mobile from 5 Rivers on Mobile Bay. (Pat Byington/The Bama Buzz)

Did you know the longest continuous Earth Day festival held in Alabama is Earth Day Mobile Bay?

The event has been held 33 straight years. The 2023 edition will once again be held at the Fairhope Pier in the town of Fairhope, Alabama. This year’s event is on April 23rd.

If you are looking for a place to celebrate Earth Day on the 22nd, here are three additional events, their hosts and links:

Gulf State Park Learning Campus in Gulf Shores – April 22, 10AM-2PM – hosted by Keep Mobile Beautiful and Love Your Community

Discovery Day at Dauphin Island Sea Lab – April 22, 10AM – 2PM

Mobile Japanese Garden – April 22, 10AM – 2PM – hosted by Keep Mobile Beautiful and Love Your Community

If you are interested in participating in one of these events, connect with the Alabama Coastal Foundation (ACF).

“This part of the state loves Earth Day because it signals that spring is in full swing and summer will be here soon. ACF is celebrating our 30th Anniversary this year so we will have staff and volunteers on hand at multiple events in both of Alabama’s coastal counties!” 

Mark Berte, ACF’s Executive Director

Earth Day in Montgomery

Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery taken on May 30, 2022. (Pat Byington/Bham Now)

Another long-running Earth Day tradition — Earth Day Safari is hosted by the Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Museum  on Friday, April 21st from 9AM to 2PM.

Earth Day in Birmingham

(Jacob Blankenship / The Bama Buzz)

This year, several local Birmingham groups are holding community cleanup days throughout Earth Week. Our sister publication, Bham Now posted a story listing the many gatherings throughout the week. Check it out.

Celebrate Earth Month with these Birmingham local clean-ups

Birmingham’s largest Earth Day Festival is held on Earth Day morning – 9AM-NOON – at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The special event is called Earth Day at the Gardens.

Earth Day in Huntsville

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(Land Trust of North Alabama)

The signature Earth Day event in Huntsville is the Earth Day 2023 at the Hays Nature Preserve.

This free family-friendly event aims to provide activities and information that celebrates Mother Earth and the many ways communities around the globe work together for a cleaner and more sustainable future. Enjoy live music, food and beverages and more on April 22, 10AM to 2PM

For a complete list of Huntsville Earth Day events – check out Hville Blast’s 

5 Earth Day 2023 activities to check out this year in Huntsville

Help Us Add to the List

We know there are countless other Earth Day events happening across the state of Alabama. Help us out at The Bama Buzz. Tell us on social media by tagging us on social media at @thebamabuzz with an event.

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Pat Byington
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