As I thought about writing this post, I chuckled a little bit. I had to actually Bing for confirmation of today being Earth Day because let’s face it..as homesteaders, EVERY day is Earth Day!
However, if people want to use Earth Day to give away free stuff, then I’m more than happy to take advantage of that!
Free Stuff: Many thanks to MissiontoSave.com for pulling together a pretty cool list of free stuff available today.
Free Entrance: It’s National Park Week! National Parks across the US are offering free entrance this week. Not sure where the closest Nat’l Park is to you? Use the handy locator to find one. Sure, many of us feel like our homes are already filled with wildlife-why would we want to go to a park to see more? Well, because it’s free! And it’s a great way for our kids to understand the importance of not just their parents, but us as a nation preserving large sections of land for all to learn, enjoy and appreciate.
Free Lesson Plans: Speaking of our kids, The Educators’ Network has made available free lesson plans/ideas for teaching our kids about Earth Day, climate change and beyond. the Green Living Section of About.com also had some good general info from the history of Earth Day to more activities for kids.
On a more serious note, here’s my Earth Day disclaimer: I really do find the idea of a single day (or even week) celebrating the Earth as laughable. I decided to just delete my rant here about how every day should be Earth Day. Instead, let me just say that I am honored and blessed to be among the growing network of people, families and farmers who are trying to get back to a life that is more respectful of the Earth God has created for us. Thank you for all you have taught me and all you will teach me.