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2017 Earth Day Fair & Parade

Thanks for all who joined us in 2017! We’ll see you next year.

We are currently building a third Earth Guardian for the 2018 event!

2017 information below. 

The Parade

Join The Environmental Center for a fun and festive celebration of the natural world! Our day of festivities kicks off with a colorful, creative parade filled with children and adults costumed as their favorite plant or animal. Get ready for the parade by creating your own costume! The parade will be led by the lively tunes of B Side Brass Band.

11:00 am: Assemble on Louisiana Avenue next to McMenamin’s

11:30am: Parade starts (about 8 blocks through downtown Bend and ends at the Earth Day Fair)

No motorized vehicles or written words allowed in the parade. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are allowed.

Parade Costumes

The Environmental Center has partnered with local artists Teafly Peterson and Christian Brown to enhance our annual Earth Day Fair & Parade – and we want you to be involved! Teafly and Christian are creating two 8’ tall “Earth Guardians” (image to the right). Each Guardian will be a unique large-scale puppet that represents our thriving environment, brought to life by friends of TEC. During the Earth Day Parade, we will reveal the RIVER Guardian and the FOREST Guardian.

SUPPORT THE EARTH GUARDIANS! We are currently fundraising $2,000 to create a third Garden Guardian. Read more and show your support here.

With this new project, The Earth Day Parade has the potential to be bigger & better than it ever has before. That’s where you come in – by creating your own unique costume! Create costumes with your class, organization, community group, or just for yourself or a group of friends. We encourage you to dress up as anything you love in the natural world – your costume can be a simple mask or a whole creative ensemble! Then be sure to come participate in the parade, show off your costume and meet the Guardians. Email Lauren with questions. *If you’re creating a group costume, please let us know ahead of time so that we can craft a banner.*

The Fair

Following the parade, there will be live music from UBUNTU, local businesses, a variety of food, and great hands-on activities and games for all ages. The fair takes place on Kansas Avenue in front of The Environmental Center (downtown Bend). This year’s fair also features a ribbon cutting in the garden, plus an electric vehicle test drive!

Book Drive for the Learning Garden’s Little Library

The Daughters of the American Revolution are dedicated to historical preservation, patriotism, and education. Locally, the Bend DAR Chapter promotes education by giving out books to youth in our community. They approached us with the idea to build and maintain a “Free Little Library” in our Kansas Ave. Learning Garden, stocked with youth books geared towards nature and our environment. Help us create a collection of books ready to go for Earth Day! Please drop off books between now and April 22nd.  And be sure to join us in the garden during the Earth Day Fair at 1:00 p.m. as we officially open the library with a ribbon cutting!

Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive 

How far can you really go? Are they even fast? Can I fit my whole family in the car? These are all  questions that you can easily answer for yourself by just driving an electric vehicle! Come get all your EV questions answered and learn about Central Oregon’s new Electric Vehicle Group Buy Program. More information can be found here.


We are no longer accepting vendor applications.

Volunteer Opportunities – SOLVE It For Earth Day

SOLVE and its partners are bringing Oregon’s largest environmental service event to Central Oregon once again! Support your community and environment by signing up for a project on April 22nd to help clean up litter, pull invasive plants, beautify an urban landscape, and plant native trees and shrubs. This is a great way to get your hands dirty and make an impact in honor of Earth Day before participating in the festivities! Check out the full list of opportunities in Central Oregon, and sign up to volunteer today. 



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