5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in Seattle

With Earth Day fast approaching, the time to consider ways to celebrate is now. Seattle offers no shortage of Earth Day events this year, from volunteer work parties and free park access to beer fests. Here are 5 ways to celebrate Earth Day in Seattle in 2016.

WA State Parks
April 22 is a fee-free day at Washington State Parks. That means you can visit any of the state's over one-hundred parks without a parking permit on Earth Day. Check out St. Edward State Park near Seattle for a history lesson and Lake Washington access. Take a tour or private boat out to Blake Island Marine State Park to walk the beach and visit Tillicum Village. The possibilities are endless. Research your upcoming trip and share stories at Adventure Awaits.

Trail Work Parties
Give back on Earth Day by attending a trail work party with the Washington Trails Association (WTA). They will be working at two sites on April 22. The first is North Bend's CCC Road, originally built in the 1930's and in need of some major repairs. The second site is Oyster Dome, atop Blanchard Mountain near Bellingham. This popular trail leads to a 2,000-foot high overlook with views of the San Juan Islands. No experience is required to attend WTA work parties.

UW Earth Day Celebration
University of Washington is hosting an Earth Day celebration at Red Square on April 22. This year's theme is Water, and exhibitors will be onsite to educate and promote sustainability. Stop by to learn about important water issues, then enjoy the free food and entertainment.

Earth Day Happy Hour
After the park visits and work parties, it's time for happy hour. In Bellingham, Sustainable Connections is throwing an Earth Day Happy Hour Celebration at Boundary Bay Brewery. Learn about saving energy from Kilowatt Kitty at this family-friendly event.

Washington Beer Collaboration Festival
For those seeking a beer-centric event in Seattle proper, the Washington Beer Commission delivers. The inaugural Washington Beer Collaboration Festival will take place at South Lake Union Discovery Center Lawn on Earth Day. Featuring 25 unique, one-run beers from 50 Washington breweries, this ambitious new festival will showcase a representative sample of the state's 300+ breweries. Cheers to you, Earth.

Brandon Fralic is a Bellingham-based freelance writer. With a focus on the outdoors, travel, and craft beer, he has contributed to a handful of publications including Washington Trails, Whatcom Talk, and Outdoor Project.