Celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day each day this month by making the world cleaner, healthier, and more beautiful. Check out these activities offered by Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and our partners. Some highlights include:  

  • Philly Spring Cleanup 
  • Play-A-Palooza   
  • Solar Eclipse Viewings 
  • Earth Day celebrations 

Can’t make it to one of these events? Volunteer during Love Your Park Week from May 11 to 19, 2024. Learn more and celebrate Philadelphia’s Parks.  

Please note: events may be canceled or postponed due to bad weather. Be sure to check the links below to confirm date, time, and location.


Upcoming

West Park Community Tree Planting  

April 9 and 17, 2024
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Fairmount Park Horticulture Center—4180 Horticulture Drive, 19131. 

Organized by Fairmount Park Conservancy. Help plant trees, remove invasive plants, and pick up trash. All tools will be provided. Register for this free event.  

Parks & Rec job fair 

April 13, 2024
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dell Music Center—2400 Strawberry Mansion Drive, 19132. 

Parks & Rec and the Dell Music Center are hosting a job fair. Besides great employment opportunities, there will be entertainment, food, beverages, and information about community resources. To register or for more information, email PPR.training@phila.gov.  

Second Saturdays 

April 13, 2024
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Montgomery Wetland by Belmont Plateau—1800 Belmont Mansion Drive, 19131.  

Volunteer on the second Saturday of every month to restore Philadelphia’s natural areas. Workdays rotate to a different park every month. Help remove invasive vines and shrubs in the Montgomery Wetland. Go to Love Your Park’s website for more information.  

Earth Day at Gold Star Park 

April 20, 2024
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Gold Star Park—613 Wharton Street, 19147.  

Kids can listen to story time, decorate containers, and plant seeds to take home. Learn more on Facebook.  

Swing into Spring  

April 20, 2024
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Anna C. Verna Playground—Picnic area #2 in FDR Park.

Organized by Fairmount Park Conservancy. Celebrate spring with a family-friendly concert. Two of a Kind kid’s band performance includes singing, dancing, sign language, and puppets. See more details. 

Spring Fest 

April 20, 2024
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bartram’s Garden—5400 Lindbergh Boulevard, 19143. 

Bartram’s Garden invites you to their free annual celebration of spring. Come enjoy workshops, tours of the garden, music, children’s activities, food and more. Learn more details. 

Revival Walk: Philly Celebrate Jazz Edition 

April 20, 2024
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Tacony Creek Park—Tabor Road and East Olney Avenue, 19120.  

Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with Tookany/Tacony-Frankford (TTF) Watershed Partnership. Come listen to stories about the history of jazz by Moma Carla. Jazz instrumentalist Marcel Bellinger will improvise music and sounds in the jazz idiom. See more details and register.  

Hotter, Wetter, Weirder: Climate Change in Philadelphia Lecture 

April 20, 2024
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Glen Foerd—5001 Grant Avenue, 19114.  

Listen to a talk by Mike Weilbacher about climate change in Philadelphia. Mike Weilbacher is the author of “Wild Philly.” Register for this free lecture. Call 215-632-5330 for more information. 

Earth Day Hike & Meditation

April 21, 2024
1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Friends of Chamounix Tennis Courts—50 Chamounix Drive, 19131.  

Organized by Fairmount Park Conservancy. Celebrate Earth Day with a peaceful hike along the trails. Buy tickets to this event.  

Sheep Shearing Day

April 27, 2024
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Fox Chase Farm—8500 Pine Road, 19111.

Come celebrate Earth Day at Pennypack’s annual Sheep Shearing Day. Enjoy sheep shearing and blacksmith demonstrations. Plus, there will be candle dipping, crafts, wool spinning, hayrides, fiber arts, and music. Bring cash for the $5/person entry fee, and food.  See more details on Facebook.  

Birds of a Feather  

April 27, 2024
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Tacony Creek Park–Whitaker Avenue and Loudon Street, 19120. 

Celebrate Trails and Earth Day with Tookany/Tacony-Frankford (TTF) Watershed Partnership and Visual Urban Renewal and Transformation (V.U.R.T.). Watch artists live paint along the trail. Enjoy hands-on nature and water activities. Help the V.U.R.T. Collective refresh the park’s four beautiful bird murals. Register for this free event.  

Celebrate Trails Day at Cobbs Creek Park  

April 27, 2024
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Cobbs Creek Parkway and Thomas Avenue—just north of Whitby Avenue, 19143.  

Bring lunch and join family, friends, and neighbors for a day of fun activities. Enjoy horseback riding, eco-printing, bird walks, games, water ice and more. Rodney the Falconer will host live raptor presentations.  Tree Philly will give away trees through their community yard tree program. Tiny WPA and Ambler Art & Design will be onsite to gain community input for four new play and learning spaces. Come learn how you can take part in the iNaturalist City Nature Challenge. Learn more information. 

Penn State Master Gardeners of Philadelphia Plant Sale  

April 28, 2024
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fairmount Park Horticulture Center—4180 Horticulture Drive, 19131.  

Celebrate spring and enjoy lots of fun activities for the whole family. This year’s event features tours of the gardens, free interactive demos and workshops, kids’ activities, and a green elephant sale. Learn more details on Penn State’s website. 


Past events

Philly Spring Cleanup  

April 6, 2024
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tacony Creek Park—5180 Bingham Street, 19120.  

Let’s come together to fight against litter and illegal dumping. Come help clean up Tacony Creek Park. All tools and supplies provided. Learn more and sign up today.  

Lincoln Drive Cleanup  

April 6, 2024
9 a.m. to noon
Historic Rittenhouse Town—208 Lincoln Drive, 19144.  

Help clean up the Wissahickon Watershed. Lincoln Drive will be closed from Wissahickon Avenue down to Ridge Avenue for a large-scale litter cleanup. Organized by Friends of the Wissahickon and Parks & Recreation. Register to help volunteer.  

Play-A-Palooza  

April 6, 2024
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Smith Memorial Playground—3500 Reservoir Drive, 19121. 

Welcome spring and celebrate Smith’s extended hours. Enjoy arts-n-crafts, music, nature play, giveaways, free books, community resources, and snacks. Get your free tickets now.  

Northwest Schuylkill River Trails Summit 

April 6, 2024
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center—1 Rector Street, 19127. 

Learn about the current trail investments and future trail projects in Northwest Philadelphia. Organized by MNYK Development Corporation, Roxborough Manayunk Conservancy, The Circuit Trails and the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. Register for this free event. 

Solar Eclipse Viewing  

April 8, 2024
2:30 p.m.
Wissahickon Tree House—300 W. Northwestern Avenue, 19118. 

Meet at the treehouse at 2:30 p.m. to walk to the Andorra Meadow to view the solar eclipse. Read NASA’s guidelines, to learn how to safely watch a solar eclipse. Learn more about this free event on Facebook.  

Eclipse Viewing Party 

April 8, 2024
12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Glen Foerd on the Delaware—5001 Grant Avenue, 19114.  

Discuss the science behind eclipses and create homemade eclipse viewers. Bring your own shoeboxes or empty Pringles can to turn into viewers. The eclipse starts just after 2 p.m. and ends around 4:30 p.m. Register for this free event.  


Check back to view additional events. This list will be updated regularly.