Earth Day 2019 – Fun Earth Day Activities in Calaveras County

This Earth Day 2019, explore fun ways to celebrate Earth Day with friends and loved ones by making new traditions with awesomely unique Earth Day activities of your choosing throughout Calaveras County. From giving back while enjoying the company of elephants, lions, and bears at P.A.W.S. Open House, to enjoying guided hikes, butterfly counts and/or experiencing the bounty of Calaveras’s agricultural scene at the feel good fundraising Taste of Calaveras event, here are several ways to celebrate life on Earth throughout late April here in Calaveras County.

1. Fun Earth Day Activities – Join the Party

historic Angels Camp Kaedence Eaton
Enjoying the atmosphere of historic downtown


Saturday April 20th 2019 I 11:00am – 4:00pm I Downtown Angels Camp, CA

We’re merging Earth Day love and Easter festivities at this great annual event. This year, the annual Angels Camp Spring Sidewalk Sale features not only sidewalk sales in beautiful historic downtown Angels Camp; but also features a fun and silly Easter hat contest with prizes, fun activities for kids, indoor sales and specials at participating businesses, as well as pictures with the Easter Bunny at Yummy Ha! Ha! Icecream. Learn more about the 2019 Angels Camp Spring Sidewalk Sale here.


Saturday April 20th 2019 I 11:00am – 3:00pm I Mountain Ranch Community Park in Mountain Ranch, CA
Experience the world of natural living and body-mind-spirit wellness at the 2019 Calaveras Holistic Health Fair, celebrating healthy living and holistic health options, in a beautiful rural outdoor setting. Events include movement and mindful workshops, hand-made health products, local practitioners and resources, an organic plant-based lunch, and kids crafts and activities. Learn more about the Calaveras Holistic Health Fair  here.

Calaveras Farmers Market, Angels Camp Farmers Market
Utica Park Concert I Courtesy of Instagrammer @suziq.1977


Sunday April 28th 2019 I 11:00am – 6:00pm I Utica Park in Angels Camp

Sponsored by Blue Mountain Coalition for Youth and Families, this fabulous volunteer run event will be fun for the whole family. Featuring local vendors, inspirational speakers, music, local artists, authors farm-to-table food and fun. Learn more about Angels Camp’s Earth Day Celebration here.

Mokelumne River Canyon | Barry Boulton
Mokelumne River Canyon | Barry Boulton


April 29th, 2019 I 12:30pm – 4:30pm I Historic Mokelumne Hill, CA

Join beautiful, historic Mokelumne Hill locals and visitors for their annual Spring Bazaar for an afternoon of fun, shopping, great food, drinks, and small town love, in the sunny and flower-filled historic downtown. Learn more about the Mokelumne Hill Spring Bazaar here.

2. Fun Earth Day Activities – Lend a Helping Paw 


Toka grazing with Maggie and Lulu

Toka enjoying the lush spring grass along with Maggie and Lulu in the background.

Posted by Performing Animal Welfare Society – PAWS on Friday, April 12, 2019


Saturday April 20th, 2019 I 11:00am – 2:00pm I P.A.W.S. San Andreas, CA

ELEPHANTS, LIONS, TIGERS, AND BEARS, Oh my! Experience wildlife outside of a zoo setting, at the internationally beloved Performing Animal Welfare Society sanctuary, designed to give these retired performance animals the best life they deserve. In order to preserve the sanctuary atmosphere for these special animals, the P.A.W.S. sanctuary is rarely open to the public, making this event all the more special this Earth Day weekend. Feel good knowing that each dollar of ticket admission goes to supporting the elephants lions, tigers, bears, and more that you will have a chance to see during the feel-good fundraising event. This event includes lots of walking, so remember to wear comfortable shoes.Find prices (by age) and learn more about the PAWS Open House here. 

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Butterfly Count I Image Courtesy of Photographer Instagram account @helenmeyerphotography


?Saturday April 27th 2019 I 8:30am – 3:00pm I New Melones Lake in Angels Camp

The Bureau of Reclamation is hosting a variety of activities from kayaking to counting butterflies this spring at New Melones Lake. Be a citizen scientist and join park rangers in identifying and tagging butterflies around New Melones Lake. Each participant will receive a checklist of common butterflies and materials to conduct the survey.  The data collected will be used by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to track butterfly migratory patterns and record species populations across the state. Bring a hat, sunscreen, water and a lunch. Participants are also encouraged to bring butterfly field guides, nets, binoculars and cameras. Learn more about this fun way to lend a hand at New Melones here.?


Saturday April 28th 2019 I All Day I 3 Staging Areas: Murphys Community Park, Tryon Park in Angels Camp and Arnold location TBD

Help keep Calaveras communities beautiful by volunteering for creek and community cleanup in Murphys, Angels Camp or Arnold. Get more information from event host: A-Team For Wildlife at or 209-225-9660. Participating children under 18 are eligible to be entered to win tickets to the new Disney Lion King movie. Participants should wear gloves and boots. Children must be supervised by adult family member(s). Safety vests & trash bags provided.

3. Fun Earth Day Activities – Enjoy the Bounty

Outer Aisle Foods Murphys


Thursday April 18th 2019 I 4:00pm – 8:00pm I Outer Aisle in Murphys, CA

It’s not often that we can enjoy delicious farm fresh meals prepared by the farmer themselves in a beautiful setting within walking distance of the farm. At Outer Aisle’s Thriving Every Other Thursday, you can. Offering farm-to-table food lovingly prepared by farmer foodies Eric and Christine Taylor, each menu is inspired by the peak of the season, and lovingly hand harvested and prepared by head farmer Eric. This fabulous bi-monthly event also offers an open mic, games, non-alcoholic beverages, as well as beer and wine in their gorgeous Murphys venue. Learn more about this week’s menu, and more here.

Taste of Calaveras at Ironstone Vineyards
Taste of Calaveras 2019


Saturday April 27th 2019 I 12:00pm – 4:00pm I Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys, CA

Celebrate the bounty of the Earth the weekend after Earth Day at this annual feel-good fundraising event, sponsored by the non-profit Angels Camp Business Association. Taste of Calaveras is not only a feel good non-profit fundraiser, it is also a celebration of the agricultural and creative bounty that Calaveras has to offer. Join in on this celebration of wine, food, art and culture showcasing only Calaveras businesses and products. Featuring vintages from Calaveras wineries and foods from Calaveras restaurateurs, Calaveras artists will be attending as well with a special art show along with a silent auction featuring Calaveras Experiences and Calaveras products. Featuring offerings from dozens of local wineries and restaurants, during the day, guests will be entertained with several art booths, live music, demonstrations, a silent auction, and more. Ticket holders will receive a commemorative Wine Glass, wine and food tasting as well as the joy of knowing their happy tastebuds are helping to fund a great cause supporting local businesses and non-profit events. Purchase tickets today or learn more about the feelgood Taste of Calaveras here.

Historic San Andreas


Saturday April 27th 2019 I 10:00am – 1:00pm I Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden in San Andreas
Purchase plants, ask questions of experts, and learn about building healthy soil for your garden at the Calaveras County Master Gardeners’ Demonstration Garden. Located at the County Government Center, 891 Mountain Ranch Road in San Andreas, this is one educational feel good event for the aspiring green thumbs among us.among us will enjoy. Proceeds from plant sales support the Master Gardener’s education programs and maintenance of the Demonstration Garden. Learn more about the Open Garden Day Discussion and Plant Sale here.

4. Fun Earth Day Activities – Gain a New Perspective

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Calaveras Big Trees State Park Giant Sequoia artwork via Instagrammer @saltytimbers Inspired by Naturalist John Muir


Saturday April 20th 2019 I TIME I Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Ever felt inspired by the likes of John Muir, Master and Commander, or Charles Darwin? You’re not alone! This limited-seating event begins with an introductory class: Thinking like a Naturalist, where you will get a chance to explore how to increase your observational skills, memory, curiosity, and creative thinking. Afterwards, you will be led out to explore Calaveras Big Trees trails to explore and put these skills to use. Over lunch, learn the basics of keeping a field journal, one of the most essential tools of a naturalist. Discover ways to draw more accurately and quickly, then enjoy the tranquility of the giant sequoias before being led on a fun journaling ramble. Learn more about this great event (including how to join the waitlist) here.

New Melones Lake, Calaveras County | Lisa Boulton
Spring Flowers at New Melones on the Angels Creek Trail


Saturday April 20th 2019 I 11:00am – 4:00pm I New Melones Lake in Angels Camp, CA

The Bureau of Reclamation announces the third annual spring photography contest at New Melones Lake. The contest is only open to amateur photographers and the deadline for submissions is June 3, 2019. The photo contest has three categories: landscape, flora/fauna, and recreation. For details about how to participate, prizes and more, you can learn more about the New Melones Spring Photography Contest here.


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Saturday April 27th 2019 I 8:00am – 5:00pm I Calaveras County Airport in San Andreas

Get a new perspective on Earth by joining in for the annual Calaveras Air Fair Fly-In and Open House. An eclectic day of fancy planes, entertainment and your chance to take the family for a plane ride for just a few dollars. Think of it like a car show for airplanes, where plane owners from around the region fly in for the day and line up on the tarmac for spectators to admire and step inside. Oh, and of course, it also include a classic car show, and live music. Meanwhile, local pilots will be ferrying passengers up into the sky for 15-minute rides. Don’t forget to look up, as throughout the day experimental and specialty planes will be performing flyovers and Mountain Flyer’s Radio Control Club will be displaying model airplanes. Learn more about the Calaveras Air Fair here.

5. Fun Earth Day Activities – Get Active

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Hit the slopes at Bear Valley Resort I Courtesy of Instagrammer @bearvalleyresort


Friday April 19th 2019 I All day I Bear Valley Resort in Bear Valley, CA

Celebrate the last Friday of the winter season, Earth Day weekend with a day of riding the mountain for ⚡️FREE⚡️. With a 156″ base of snow, Bear Valley Resort’s spring riding is one for the books. To celebrate the season end Bear Valley wants to give you and all of your friends a chance to ⚡️RIDE FOR FREE⚡️! Learn more about Bear Valley Resort’s Ski for Free Day here.

Stanislaus National Forest
Hiking the Arnold Rim Trail in summer


Saturday April 20th 2019 I 9:00am – 11:00am I Arnold Rim Trail in Arnold, CA

Join retired National Park Service Ranger Nancy Muleady-Mecham as she shares her extensive knowledge of the history of the Arnold Rim Trail and the surrounding area. These gently paced walks are about 2 miles round trip. Hikers will meet Ranger Nancy at the Sierra Nevada Logging Museum in White Pines and follow the paved ADA section of the Arnold Rim Trail. Walks proceed rain or shine. Learn more about the Arnold Rim Trail Guided Hike here.

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New Hogan Bike Route I Courtesy of Instagrammer @will_on_2_wheels


Saturday April 20th 2019 I Begins at 6:30am I Milton, CA in the Valley Springs tri-lake area

The Copperopolis Road Race is a Velo Promo bicycle race. The circuit is just apx. 21 miles long, and begins in Milton, CA at its westernmost point, and winds around Salt Springs Valley Reservoir near Copperopolis, CA on its easternmost point. This California classic is known as the Paris-Roubaix of California. Depending on your category, the race is 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 circuits. The scenery is gorgeous, but the roads are rough. Be sure to have everything tightened on your bike, and you’ll want thick tires. Learn more about entering or watching the Copperopolis Road Race here.

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Cute Kid FIshing at New Melones Lake I Courtesy of Instagrammer @postpursuit via @newmeloneslakemarina


Saturday April 20th 2019 I 9:00am – 12:00 pm I New Melones Lake in Angels Camp, CA

As part of New Melones Family Fun Fish Fest, day use fees to enter New Melones Lake recreation areas will be waived. Children 15 years old and under will be provided with fishing poles and bait. The first 100 children in attendance will receive a free tackle box and tackle. Park rangers and volunteers will provide fishing information and assistance if needed. The Saints and Sinners Motorcycle Club will prepare a BBQ lunch for the event participants.Learn more about the New Melones Family Fun Fish Fest here.

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