Earth Conservation
Let's Go Green

Celebrate and Protect the Earth

This spring, let's go green! Join us at the library for special programs and activities happening at our branches. Learn how to make your own soil-arium, discover the importance of bees and oceans, and much more. Plus, browse our recommended reads on saving our planet and earth conservation.

Nature Programs and Events

Go beyond the shelves and connect with our community!  Check out these spring programs you won't want to miss: 

Soil-arium Workshop: April 27 / 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM / Richvale Branch

Unearth the secrets of decomposition as we embark on an exciting journey with the York Region Food Network to create our very own Soil-Arium. (Families: all ages) View more

Odeiwin: Medicine Garden Planting: May 4 / 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM / Central Branch

Join us for an afternoon of nurturing our Indigenous medicine garden together and participating in a seed swap. (Families: all ages) View more.

Envirokids: Buzzing Bees May 6 / 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM / Oak Rdiges Branch

Learn about the essential role bees play to keep people and the planet healthy through crafts and activities. (Kids: 6–8 years) View more

Flower Pot Painting: May 8 / 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM / Central Branch

Enjoy some family crafting time and paint a flower pot for the beautiful plants you’ll be growing this summer! (Familes: all ages) View more

Birds and Bugs Bonanza: May 11 / 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM / Central Branch

Join us for an afternoon of education, activities and fun as we celebrate World Migratory Bird Day. (Families: all ages) View more.

Envirokids: Our Ocean: June 17 / 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM / Oak Ridges Branch

Discover the role the ocean plays in our lives and how we can protect it in honour of World Ocean Day. (Kids: 6–8 years).  View more.

View all program listings. 

City Programs: Earth Month Celebrations

Explore your city this spring with nature activities that celebrate Earth month. Join in on the fun with interactive, eco-themed events and initiatives run by the City of Richmond Hill. From tree planting to community clean-ups to wildlife education, there's something for everyone. 

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Good Food Challenge

York Region Food Network is a community organization that offers services and programs to support food security. We also educate and advocate for actions to reduce food insecurity. 

In April, they are providing Central Branch with 1,000 seed kits and booklets for RHPL staff to distribute in order to help promote the Good Food Challenge! Help your planet and your wallet by reducing your food waste and environmental footprint. 

Learn more about the Good Food Initiative and get family tips to help you plan, prepare, and enjoy good food!

Try the Family Challenge

Coming Soon! The Library of Things

This spring, the library is launching the Library of Things. This innovative project aims to expand the library's offerings beyond traditional books and media by providing free access to a diverse range of household items, tools, and equipment. Now, you can reduce waste by borrowing rather than buying! Stay tuned for more details. 

Celebrate Earth Day!

Earth Day happens every April 22. Find out ways you can help protect the planet on this day and every day at Earth Day Canada. 

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Recommended Reads

Celebrate our planet with Earth-themed books and find a little inspiration to protect and love the Earth. Browse recommended reads for kids and adults.