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Celebrate #EarthDayAtHome with TU

Earth Day is turning 50 on April 22, and we should all be outside together picking up trash, planting trees, teaching kids about conservation and celebrating our shared commitment to a better future.

But we can’t.

Millions of Americans are reeling from the challenges, pain and loss of COVID-19 and trapped in self-imposed isolation, state-mandated stay-at-home orders, or social distancing, as we should. It feels almost frivolous to be focused on anything other than keeping safe, protecting our families and caring for the well-being of our friends and neighbors.

At the same time, it is more important than ever for us to be connected as a community, to feel like we are part of something bigger than ourselves and to know that we can make a difference together.

This Earth Day will look very different from years past, but it does not have to be any less impactful for the planet. That’s why TU has created a slew of #EarthDayAtHome activities available at to help each of us make this Earth Day the largest single day of community action yet.

Art, advocacy, pledges and more

Lets help the next generation of river stewards paint a brighter picture of the future, one that challenges us all to help turn into reality, in our first-ever Kids Earth Day Art Contest.

Lets plan a TU Family Field Trip that gives us a break from the 24/7 news cycle, bathes us in forests and the sounds of running water and connects our families in a tangible way to the healing power of nature.

Post your kids Earth Day artwork on social media to enter our contest.
Post a pledge for #EarthDayAtHome promising to take action once it is safe to do so in your community.

Lets all post photos or videos of the wild places we love, the past volunteer efforts we’ve supported, or the local river that needs some TLC and pledge to protect the planet once we’ve emerged from this most difficult period.

Lets raise our voices loudly and stand up for cold, clean water in the face of drastic attacks on some of the most precious places and most sacred environmental laws governing their protection.

Lets plant a tree, install a rain barrel, stop using pesticides and fertilizer on our lawns, and take any one of hundreds of small actions that make a monumental difference when combined across the country.

This will hopefully be the only #EarthDayAtHome we’ll ever experience.

Lets make it count.

Jeff Yates is TU’s director of volunteer operations. He lives and works in Connecticut.

By Jeff Yates. A Trout Unlimited member since age 11, Jeff is a passionate conservationist and avid angler who sees opportunities to care for and recover our rivers and streams at every turn. As the Director of Volunteer Operations, Jeff and his team support, train and lead the more than 420 local chapters and state councils of TU across the country and are priveleged to work with the more than 4,000 volunteers who lead them as board and committee members. An author, fly fishing guide and avid outdoors person, Jeff lives in Connecticut with his wife Kit, and step-daughters Katie and Kat as well as their three rescue dogs, Tahoe, Sparrow and Jack. When he's not at his desk - or out in the field working with volunteers - Jeff splits his time boulder hopping along small native Brook Trout streams and hiking rocky terrain.