By Erika Q.

Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to support environmental protection.

The very first Earth Day was held in 1970 and has grown into a global event. The 2019 Earth Day theme is Protect Our Species.

To celebrate Earth Day at EVPL, we have a fun art project using coffee filters, markers, and a spray bottle with water.

Our Earth Day art project was inspired by this PBS craft.


  • Washable blue and green markers
  • Coffee filters
  • Spray bottle with water

Step 1

Create your Earth using the blue and green markers. No need to be accurate, have fun!

Step 2

When you are happy with your oceans and continents, use the spray bottle to dampen the coffee filter. Let the coffee filter dry for at least a couple of hours. We let ours dry over night.

Step 3

Enjoy! Optionally, use a hole punch and string to hang up your Earth.

After you make your coffee filter Marble Earth, check out some of these books all about our world and environment:

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

A boy discovers a hidden garden and with careful tending spreads color throughout the gray city.




All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon

Follow a circle of family and friends through the course of a day from morning till night as they discover the importance of all things great and small in our world, from the tiniest shell on the beach, to warm family connections, to the widest sunset sky.


We Celebrate Earth Day in Spring by Jenna Lee Gleisner

This Level 1 guided reader examines how people celebrate Earth Day. Students will develop word recognition and reading skills while learning about why we celebrate Earth Day and activities we do to celebrate. (Summary from Goodreads)


A Boy and a Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz

The renowned cat conservationist reflects on his early childhood struggles with a speech disorder, describing how he only spoke fluently when he was communicating with animals and how he resolved at a young age to find his voice to be their advocate.


The Whole Wide World and Me by Toni Yuly

Just as a pebble is part of a mountain, just as a wave is part of the sea, so, too, is every one of us part of something bigger. With bright collage illustrations and a simple, lyrical text, acclaimed author-illustrator Toni Yuly invites readers to celebrate our relationship to the natural world.





Earth Day at EVPL

EVPL North Park is hosting an Earth Day Celebration on Monday, April 22 at 3:00. There will be “green” crafts, activities, information, and life hacks!

Erika Q.
Youth Experience Manager

Erika Q.

Erika is a cardigan-loving Hufflepuff that enjoys the Cubs, reading, and walks with her husband.

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