Earth Day 2017

In 1969 – one year before the first Earth Day was celebrated – Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson introduced the idea of Earth Day to a group of students gathered at Airlie Center in Warrenton, Virginia. Nearly 50 years later, Rainforest Trust’s headquarters is now located on those same grounds, while Earth Day has become a time when the combined actions of many make a difference for our planet and our environment.

Show Your Support for our Earth Day Big Cats Initiative!

  • Jaguar. Photo by Tambako the Jaguar.

Help us secure a missing link in the Amazon for amazing wildlife such as Jaguars. Although the Amazon contains the largest tropical rainforest on Earth, nearly 20 percent of its landscape has been decimated. Rainforest Trust and its local partner are expanding the existing Airo Pai Community Reserve along with other regional conservation efforts to safeguard more than 1.3 million acres and protect vital remaining wildlife habitats, securing the missing link to create a combined 7.8 million-acre tri-national corridor across Peru, Ecuador and Colombia.

  • Clouded Leopard. Photo by Ch'ien C. Lee

Help us protect critical habitat in Borneo for Clouded Leopards, Bay Cats and Flat-headed Cats. The rainforests of Sabah on the Malaysian portion of the Southeast Asian island of Borneo are among the most biodiverse in the tropics, but they are greatly threatened by deforestation. In collaboration with a local partner, Rainforest Trust is working with the Carnegie Airborne Observatory to generate high-resolution maps that integrate land use with biodiversity information. The resulting data will identify the most critical and strategic areas to ensure a connected network of protected areas that will greatly benefit a variety of large cat species.

Check Out our Earth Day Events!

  • US Capitol and Botanic Garden. Photo by Pierre Metivier/Flickr.

Earth Day Texas

  • When: Friday, April 21 – Sunday, April 23
  • Where: Fair Park in Dallas, TX
  • Rainforest Trust involvement: We will have a booth in the rainforest-themed section of the Centennial Building – if you live in the Dallas area and plan to attend, please visit us!

Earth Day at the U.S. Botanic Garden

  • When: Friday, April 21, 10am – 2pm
  • Where: 100 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20001
  • Rainforest Trust involvement: Please visit our table at the U.S. Botanic Garden where we will have a fun activity for children along with prizes!

Earth Day at Airlie

  • When: Saturday, April 22, 8am – 11am
  • Where: 6809 Airlie Road, Warrenton, VA 20187
  • Rainforest Trust involvement: Our table at Airlie’s Earth Day celebration will include a fun activity for kids – in addition, Dr. Paul Salaman, Rainforest Trust’s CEO, will give a talk on Earth Day.

Peak Organic Brewing at Gilly’s Craft Beer & Fine Wine

  • When: Saturday, April 22, 12pm – 4pm
  • Where: 2009 Chapman Avenue, Rockville, MD 20852
  • Rainforest Trust involvement: Gilly’s will generously donate a portion of all proceeds to Rainforest Trust and will also have a raffle that will benefit our conservation efforts.


#SkipToSave the World with Us this Earth Day!

  • Jaguar. Photo by Jeff Zack.

Give up a luxury or two this Earth Day, use the hashtag #SkipToSave and tag a friend who you think is a wildlife hero. Endangered Species Chocolate will donate to save one acre of rainforest for each person who uses #SkipToSave AND tags a friend. By participating, you are automatically entered into a drawing to win a bag of chocolate bark bites (delicious chocolate chunks with morsels of peanut, hazelnut and almonds).

Learn more about #SkipToSave!