Celebrate Earth Day all Month Long

April 1, 2023

PHOENIX – This April, Arizona State Parks and Trails has tips for how to be a better steward of the land and recreate responsibly. Parks across the state are hosting spring activities and Earth Day events that showcase the beauty of the outdoors and ways we can help preserve and protect it.

Join bird walks at Lost Dutchman, Catalina, and Oracle throughout the month. On April 14, learn about Superstition Mountain geology at Lost Dutchman State Park, and on the 20 and 27, you can join a natural history tour at Catalina State Park.

At Jerome State Historic Park, take part in the Monarch Mystery happening all month long. Search for clues and learn more about how butterflies contribute to our ecosystem. Then head over to Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood for the annual Verde Valley Nature and Birding Festival April 27-30.

Starting Thursday, April 20 at Lyman Lake State Park, Earth Day events will offer opportunities to learn how to care for our earth and recreate sustainably. At Lyman Lake, families and local schools are can take part in arts, crafts, and other activities to teach kids about the importance of keeping the planet clean.

On Saturday, April 22, Oracle, Kartchner Caverns, Lost Dutchman and Red Rock state parks all host celebrations and activities to celebrate Earth Day. End the day at Oracle, Kartchner Caverns or Lost Dutchman state parks with a star party. Kartchner Caverns and Oracle are both International Dark Sky Parks, and the night sky will be aglow with stars, planets and nebulas for you to explore through provided telescopes.

If you want to explore and discover natural beauty this month, hit the trails on your own at any of the more than 30 state parks! There are plenty of outdoor opportunities for campers, hikers, fishers, and more to enjoy nature throughout the state! Check out the events page to see more ways to learn and start your next adventure.

Managing and conserving Arizona's natural, cultural and recreational resources for the benefit of the people, both in our parks and through our partners.

For information about the more than 30 Arizona state parks and natural areas, trails, the Off-Highway Vehicle Program, and State Historic Preservation Office, call 1-877-MY-PARKS or visit azstateparks.com.

PRESS CONTACT: Michelle Thompson at (480) 589-8877 - Email: pio@azstateparks.gov