It only takes a moment to turn off the lights when leaving a room or office, but this simple habit helps save electricity, lower energy costs, and extend the life of light bulbs. Commit to keeping lights out in unoccupied rooms for the next week.
Is there something that you haven’t been 100% sure that you should be putting in your recycling bin? Find out! If you’re in Ramsey County, visit the A to Z Recycling & Disposal Guide here. and, if you’re in Washington County, visit the Washington County Disposal Directory here to research what can and can’t go in that bin.
What cleans our drinking water, gives us fresh air, provides a home to animals, and colors our fall landscape? You guessed it: trees! Minnesota is home to 53 native tree species. Channel your inner-detective and identify a tree in your neighborhood. Visit the website here for identification help. Bonus: draw or paint a picture of your favorite tree.
Spring is a great time to walk around your neighborhood and take a closer look at the changes occurring in nature. Take a walk and find: something blue, something green, and something brown; three creatures; and something that makes you smile.
Use rocks/sticks/leaves/dirt to make the first letter of your name!
Grab a plastic or paper bag and tour your block, seeing how many pieces of trash and recycling you can pick up. Not only will you get some fresh air, but you’ll leave your neighborhood looking nicer and keep trash out of our rivers, lakes, and oceans. Just make sure you use gloves, skip any dirty or dangerous trash, and wash your hands afterwards!
40% of all food in our country is wasted. When we throw away food, we waste money and all the resources it took to grow, ship, and keep that food fresh. What’s the last food item you threw away because it went bad? Look it up on Save the Food’s storage guide to see if you could have been storing it better.
Write and sing a song about the Earth! And if you’re brave, record and share your song on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtags #ActionQuest2020 and #MyActionQuestAnthem.
Read a book about nature - plants, animals, climate, landscapes! Read a book from home or borrow a digital book, picture book or audiobook for free through your public library. Visit your library’s website to get started.
Nature has inspired art for as long as we can remember. You can find inspiration in your own backyard or neighborhood - trees on the boulevard, flowers blossoming, and even little weeds. Sketch, paint, photograph - the opportunities are endless, and you’ll have a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork.
Draw a picture of a big flower and hang it on your window for your neighbors to see.
Take a look around your house and see what products you have that are made from recycled content. Not sure where to start? Check your cereal boxes!
What did you just say? MRF stands for materials recovery facility, which is where the items in your recycling bin go to be sorted for recycling. Find a video of a MRF in action and prepare to be amazed.