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Thank you to everyone who celebrated Earth Day 2021 with us. Our schedule of activities and events has concluded. We created many ways to participate, connect, and take action throughout April. Here were the highlights, many of which you can still view online!
Earth Day artwork by local student, Madeline Magaña.
An Earth-Day themed scavenger hunt app.
Colorful costumes and a virtual parade.
Story time with the Earth Guardian puppets.
Film screening of Microplastic Madness + panel discussion.
“I want people to feel the painting and remember how amazing and lucky we are to live on earth, and to remember how our ancestors depended and took care of it.”
Introducing the 2021 Earth Day artwork by Madeline Magaña.
Madeline Magaña is 16 years young and a proud member of the Latinx community here in Bend, Oregon. She uses art to inspire others, and to express love for her culture and artistry. Madeline is a bilingual/bilateral student at Bend Senior High who enjoys painting, playing sports and listening to music.
In Madeline’s words:
This art piece is meant to bring omen to the earth and to my ancestors, The Mexicas of Tenochtitlan, although they didn’t identify as Aztec these people claim the meaning of the work Aztec meaning “inhabitants of Aztla.” I want to bring light and love to how they were aware of their environment, respected, and learned to coexist with the earth. Everything from the rain to the soft soil on the earth was meaningful to them. I want this painting to demonstrate and embrace the colors, the Gods, plants, animals and insects. I want people to feel the painting and remember how amazing and lucky we are to live on earth, and to remember how our ancestors depended and took care of it.
Hear Madeline share her story in our learning garden here.
Film Screening: Microplastic Madness
In partnership with our Rethink Waste Project and Bend Film. Sponsored by Cascade Disposal.
Microplastic Madness is an optimistic take on the local and global plastic pollution crisis as told through a refreshing urban youth point of view with an inspiring take action message. Check out the trailer here.
Microplastic Madness Live Panel Discussion
on April 22nd, 6:00 p.m.
How do we, living in the high desert of Central Oregon, impact ocean pollution? What are Central Oregonians doing to contribute to the problem, and what can we do to help? Speakers include:
Dr. Elise Granek, Research Scientist and Professor at Portland State University who studies microplastics in Oregon waterways
Dr. Janice Brahney, Research Scientist and Professor at Utah State University who studies distribution of microplastics through the air
Phil Chang, Deschutes County Commissioner, our local representative who can speak to legislative action
Debby Lee Cohen, co-producer of the film Microplastics Madness and executive director and founder of Cafeteria Culture (the organization behind the film).
Big thanks to Bend Film for their partnership in bringing this event to viewers; and to Cascade Disposal for sponsoring the film screening and panel discussion!
Story Time with the Earth Guardians
This year, in lieu of a parade, join us for a fun and interactive story about the Earth Guardians’ origins! Hosted by local artist and creator, Teafly, and featuring local drag artist, Calypsa as Mother Nature. Costumes are encouraged and there will be plenty of time to interact with The Earth Guardians after the story.
We created an Earth Day-themed scavenger hunt (2.0) as a way for you and your family, roommates, classmates, etc. to take on a variety of Earth Day challenges – anything from adjusting your thermostat, to catching a sunrise, to searching for pollinators outside. Some are silly, while others will make you think. Join the fun!
The GooseChase will be live April 16 – April 25, 2021. Here’s how to play:
Choose to play as a guest, or register for a personal account with a username & password of your choice.
Search for and select the Earth Day 2021 game, or search by game code 97Z5V8.
Follow the prompt to create a player profile.
Time to play! Complete a mission by selecting it from the list and following the instructions. Sometimes you’ll be submitting a photo or video, while other times you’ll be answering a question or prompt.
Rack up points as you complete each mission. Win prizes.
The TOP 6 participants will win a local outdoor experience!
Big thanks to our prize donors for providing these fun adventures to our winners, including:
Cog Wild – 6-punch card for Bend mountain bike shuttles
Wanderlust Tours – Half day tour for two people
Chockstone Climbing Guides – Half day climbing trip
Smith Rock Climbing School – Guided rock climbing day for two people
Ouzel Outfitters – Half day river raft trip on the McKenzie River
Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe – Kayak or SUP rental
The parade will go on(line).
Our favorite part of the Earth Day Parade is the creative costumes. All different types of plants, animals, insect, and mythical creatures make an appearance on the streets of downtown Bend, and it’s truly awesome. We don’t want to miss out on the magic this year, so we’re moving the parade online. We’re going to create a video montage – a virtual parade for everyone to enjoy. All ages are encouraged to participate. [Check out the 2020 video!]
The first 50 participants will receive a FREE ice cream cone from Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream.
To join the parade, submit your photo(s) or video by April 25th. If you prefer to email your media, send it to . Just include your name and address so that we can send you the gift certificate!
Upload a photo or short video using the form below.
Share it on social media using the hashtag #EarthDayParade (and tag us).
Go for a walk down the block in your costume. Make someone smile!
*Your content must be appropriate for kids to view and non-offensive. We will not include photos that don’t follow these basic guidelines. By submitting your content, you are granting permission to The Environmental Center to share it on social media.
2021 Earth Day Sponsors
Thank you to each of these local business sponsors who make our Earth Day celebration possible!