As the sun starts shining brighter, now is the time to get outside and learn more about the planet. Earth Day isn’t just one day in Cannon Beach, but rather almost two weeks of environmentally conscious activities and educational opportunities, including lectures, tree planting, paper shredding and cleaning up the beach.

The unique 12 Days of Earth Day celebration, organized by a committee of volunteers, takes place April 11 to 22. This is the seventh year for the event.

The Marine Debris Art Contest is a new event this year that encourages participants to collect beach debris and use it to create art. Artwork can be brought to Cannon Beach Chamber Community Hall between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on April 11. All pieces of art will be displayed at the hall and judged by a panel. The winner will be announced and presented with the Steve McLeod award at the City Potluck on April 15.

Individuals and businesses can celebrate Earth Day by shredding old documents at the Cannon Beach Shreds event in the Midtown parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 22.

Portland State University research professor and cultural geographer Dr. Doug Deur, known for his studies on U.S. National Parks histories and Native American land and resource traditions, will speak at both the City Potluck and the Cannon Beach History Center.

Cannon Beach Friends of Trees will plant trees on the Oregon Department of Transportation right-of-way on Highway 101 from 1 to 3 p.m. on April 14. Middle school students from the Sunset Parks and Recreation Department will plant trees along the Cannon Beach lagoon trail at 3 p.m. on April 20.

Schedule (all free and open to the public)

Saturday, April 9

North Oregon Coast Birdathon, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.:

Both expert birders and beginner birdwatchers of all ages can participate in the Birdathon, which raises funds for the Wildlife Center of the North Coast per bird species observed.

Haystack Rock Awareness Program on the Beach, 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Monday, April 11

Welcome Puffins, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Opening ceremony with children on the beach by Haystack Rock Awareness Program.

HRAP on the Beach, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tuesday, April 12

Lecture, 7 p.m.: “Soil and Water Quality on the North Coast” at the Cannon Beach Library. Austin Tomlinson, district technician for Clatsop Soil and Water Conservation District, will discuss how to achieve healthy soil and water.

HRAP on the Beach, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 13

Lecture, 7 p.m.: “Beaches: More than Sand” with Neal Maine at the Chamber of Commerce Community Hall: Biologist, educator and wildlife photographer Neal Maine speaks as part of the Friends of Haystack Rock Lecture Series.

HRAP on the Beach, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 14

Tree planting, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Cannon Beach Friends of Trees will plant trees on Highway 101 corridor.

HRAP on the Beach, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday, April 15

Gaylord Nelson Award Ceremony and City Potluck, 6 p.m.: The speaker will be Dr. Douglas Deur, Portland State University associate research professor.

HRAP on the Beach, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, April 16

Parade, 11 a.m.: Everyone is welcome to participate in a walking parade in downtown Cannon Beach. Meet in city parking lot at Third and Antler.

Street Fair, 11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m.: at the downtown Cannon Beach U.S. Bank parking lot.

Reading of “A Tree Lady,” 2 p.m. at Cannon Beach Book Company.

HRAP on the Beach, 1 to 6 p.m.

Sunday, April 17

Nature/bird walk in Ecola Park Forest Reserve (meet at gate), 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Sand screening for microplastics at Whale Park (time TBA).

HRAP on the Beach, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Monday, April 18

Sand screening for microplastics at Whale Park (time TBA).

HRAP on the Beach, 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 19

HRAP on the Beach, 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 20

Tree planting, 3 p.m.: Middle schoolers from Sunset Parks and Recreation Department will plant trees at Cannon Beach lagoon trail.

HRAP on the Beach, 6:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. AND 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, April 21

Lecture, 7 p.m.: Portland State University research professor Dr. Doug Deur presents some history of the Columbia-Pacific Region and will share local tribe origin stories.

HRAP on the Beach: 6:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Friday, April 22: Earth Day

Cannon Beach Shreds, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Shred unwanted documents at the Midtown parking lot near City Hall.

Film, 7 p.m.: “Behind the Emerald Curtain” at the Cannon Beach History Museum.

HRAP on the Beach, 6:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. AND 5:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

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