Today is the 51st Anniversary of Earth Day-- an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. This year is a bit different world wide due to the current health situation, however, that won't stop us from celebrating both on our own, and virtually through resources provided by our Five Rivers MetroParks! If you are looking for what to do this Earth Day in Dayton continue reading below: 


Accessible, Diverse Five Rivers MetroParks—Get Out and Explore!​


What better way to celebrate Earth Day then to get outside and experience a beautiful nature trail, an area lake, pond or river, or test your skills identifying some of Ohio's native plants! We are lucky because Greater Dayton’s Five Rivers MetroPark offer nearly 16,000 acres of green space and diverse habitats to explore in 25 parks and facilities. Getting back to nature has never been so easy with numerous MetroParks accessible from all parts of our community— and many accessible by bicycle. So get out and explore and enjoy this Earth Day in the best possible way! Find out more here


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Celebrate and Support Dayton Area Eco-Friendly Restaurants


After you’ve worked up an appetite from getting out and experiencing Mother Nature, continue to celebrate Earth Day by ordering carry-out from one of Dayton’s many eco-friendly restaurants, many focusing on local farm to table ingredients and meals.  Numerous Dayton local restaurants take pride in serving dishes using both local and sustainable ingredients as also take actions such as utilizing compostable straws and to-go boxes. A few suggestions include: Meadowlark Restaurant, Table33, Butter Cafe, Basil's on Market, Flavors Eatery, and more here


Shelter In Place, Outside in Your Yard!​


Right now is the best time to get that yard work done you've been putting off-- pluck those weeds, plant that garden, and make your mark on helping make our planet a healthier and more beautiful place. And don't forget that supporting local during these times is extremely important. Our partners over at Aullwood Audubon are selling plants native to Ohio AND delivering them right to your home planting! It couldn’t be easier! native plants is a great step to protect and preserve the incredible species of native plants and animals that make their home in Ohio. Ohio’s native plants are essential to the survival of many birds, butterflies, bees, and animals. By planting native plants, you can create vital new habitat for hundreds of species, and be ensured that your plants will thrive in our local climate. To find out more click here


Love our planet


And as always don't forget to share your pictures with us to our social media @DaytonCVB and #discoverdayton!