April is the month dedicated to planet Earth, and there are many ways to show your gratitude for plants, animals and the natural beauty in Long Beach.

Earth Day, officially marked on April 22, began in 1970 to draw attention to environmental causes. This year’s Earth Month activities will be organized around the theme “Planet vs. Plastics.”

The city has a full calendar of Earth Month activities. A few of them include:

Earth Day Community Clean-up and Week of Action Kick-off: Join the Long Beach Health Department, community groups and other city departments at a day filled with education, music, photos, giveaways and activities that help make the community a more beautiful place. The event is from 9 a.m. to noon on April 13 at DeForest Park, 6175 De Forest Ave. Learn more here.

Earth Day Tree Planting: Celebrate Earth Day by helping to plant 40 trees in the Washington neighborhood, in partnership with the California Climate Action Corps. The event is from 9 a.m. to noon on April 20. Registration is required for this event as capacity is limited. For information and to register, click here.

Learn to Compost Workshop: Learn how to turn food scraps and yard debris into a valuable soil amendment for your garden or landscape. Get tips on setting up and maintaining a backyard compost bin and worm bin and learn what materials can or cannot be placed in a compost bin and how to effectively use finished compost. The workshop is 10 a.m. to noon on April 20. For information and to register, click here.

Annual City Nature Challenge: Participate in this internationally celebrated event by observing local flora and fauna and sharing those observations with other cities across the globe via the iNaturalist app. Join in person from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 27 at Willow Springs Park to explore the trails and help identify wildlife. More information is available here.