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Earth day is a nice way to help out in the community and develop greater appreciation for the natural beauty around us. With so many opportunities to be one with nature, Orange County locals are able celebrate this national holiday at several events being held.

For additional Earth Day celebrations, visit our other list of great events: Top Earth Day Events This Year In Orange County

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Earth Day Celebration
Ocean Institute
24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 496-2274
Date: April 22, 2017 from 10:30am to 2pm

Celebrate this year’s Earth Day on the water with the Dana Point’s Ocean Institute. Here, you can take place in a terrific beach cleanup that will help keep the oceans clean. Help pick up trash and make a difference! Participants get half-price admission to the Ocean Institute for the day as well. They will also be offering a Paint the Earth Day Tie Dye Workshop where you’ll be invited to tie dye a reusable shopping bag using Native American techniques.

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5th Annual Earth Day Whale Watch With American Cetacean Society (ACS) – Orange County Chapter
American Cetacean Society – Orange County Chapter
34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
Date: April 30, 2017 from 5pm to 7pm

For Earth Day this year, head to Dana Point and be on lookout for whales while enjoying the sunset and learning more about marine wildlife from local experts. Enjoy a two-hour sunset whale watch aboard the Dana Pride, the largest and most stable whale-watch boat on the coast. As the oldest non profit dedicating to protecting whales, they are focused on conserving not only the conservation of whales, but dolphins and other marine habitat.

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9th Annual Earth Day Celebration
Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park
4500 Carbon Canyon Road
Brea, CA 92823
(888) 987-2757
Date: April 20, 2017 from 4pm to 7pm

On Earth Day, visit the Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park, where you’ll get free admission to tour the park, enjoy enviornmental exhibits, view enviornmental shows, and take part in other Earth friendly activities. There will be giveaways and more too!
Experts say the Southern Pacific rattlesnake (pictured) is one of eight types of rattlesnakes that call Southern California home. (Photo credit: Ian Recchio)

Experts say the Southern Pacific rattlesnake (pictured) is one of eight types of rattlesnakes that call Southern California home. (Photo credit: Ian Recchio)

Animal Feeding Day
Bolsa Chica Conservancy
3842 Warner Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
(714) 846-1114
Date: April 22, 2017 from 10am to 3pm

Interact directly with nature at the Bolsa’s Chica Conservancy’s Animal Feeding Day and learn more about the animals. On hand will be various reptiles and marine wildlife to explore as well. Some of the topics covered will be biology, anatomy and natural habitats. For those who are on braver side, you may want to feed the snakes, however, be aware the food served will be live mice.

Related: Best Hiking Trails In Orange County

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Huntington City Beach Clean-Up
North of the Huntington Beach Pier
Intersection of Main St. and Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Date: April 2017

Adorned with a picturesque coastline, Orange County is home to several local beaches. This Earth Day, get your hands dirty by taking part in the Huntington City Beach Clean-Up and help maintain the community’s natural beauty. The clean-up will take place on Huntington Street located north of the pier. You can simply drop in without signing up ahead of time and can stay for as long or little time as you want. Get a group together to pitch in while taking in the stunning view so many people have to travel far to see.

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