By Kevin Jimenez

This Saturday, April 22, is the 47th annual Earth Day, and it’s a great opportunity to go outside and get in touch with nature in Los Angeles County.

What started as an environmental movement has now become a global holiday to celebrate the beauty and importance of our planet, and the Department of Parks and Recreation encourages you to visit a County park for your enjoyment.  

Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson came up for the idea of the Earth Day holiday after witnessing the atrocities of the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara. Nelson, a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin at the time, asked for support from his fellow Senators for the new holiday, and received it. This led to the creation of the holiday in 1970, and also the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Act.

Earth Day is a great opportunity to explore nature, go for a hike and appreciate the beautiful landscape we have in Los Angeles County. With our 180 parks and more than 70,000 acres of recreation acreage, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Whether you want to enjoy a nice picnic, or take a stroll through one of our nature centers, this Saturday is a perfect time to get outside. While enjoying Earth Day, take a moment to reflect on the value of our planet, and ways you can help make Earth better for future generations.

To find a County park near you, please visit