Today is Earth Day. A day that has been in existence since 1970  to bring awareness to the world's environmental issues, and to encourage people to do something about it. 

Doing your part on Earth Day could be as simple as cleaning up some of the litter in your neighborhood, or beginning to use greener cleaning products in your home. You could also take your celebration a step further by volunteering for community clean up projects, or taking some time to enjoy all of Mother Nature's beauties right here in Rockford.

Here's 5 things you could do this weekend in Rockford to celebrate Earth Day this year:

  1. Stop by a local nursery a buy a new tree, bush, or flowers to plant in your yard.
  2. Sign up to participate in Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful's Great American Cleanup from 9 a.m. to Noon on Saturday, April 30, 2016.
  3. Visit the Nicholas Conservatory's "Simple Spring Butterfly Exhibit" and spend some time enjoying the beautiful grounds both inside and out. 
  4. Make plans to take the family on a nature hike at one of these 11 amazing hiking trails in Illinois.
  5. Volunteer at the Olson Dog Park Clean Up at 7901 Harlem Road in Loves Park on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 9 a.m. to Noon.


What have you got to add to the list? How do plan on doing your part this Earth Day? Let us know in the comment section below!