Celebrate Earth Day at every BART Station

If you’re a BART rider, you know taking transit is one of the greenest things you can do. In honor of Earth Day, we put together this handy guide highlighting the different ways you can celebrate the eco holiday. From volunteer clean-ups to bicycle rides, there’s something to do near every BART station.

Check out the full list below. And if you have any suggestions, tweet us at @SFBARTable.

12th Street/Oakland City Center

Oakland Earth Day

The 23rd annual Oakland Earth Day takes places Saturday, April 22, and is the city’s largest community volunteer event. Volunteer to help to clean-up the neighborhood, remove graffiti and plant trees. A volunteer map can be found here.

16th Street Mission (SF)

Gracias Madre

Did you know your food choices impact the environment? A plant-based diet cuts your carbon footprint, conserves water and preserves habitats. Find a new favorite dish at Gracias Madre, which uses locally sourced, organic ingredients.

19th Street/Oakland

Oakland Earth Day or Thrive East Bay Earth Justice

On Earth Day, April 22, volunteer to clean-up Lake Merritt at one of six volunteer sites around the lake. On Sunday, April 23, join Thrive East Bay to learn about environmental justice and connect with others through music, poetry and storytelling. 

24th Street Mission (SF)

Love Dolores Park

Dolores Park is a fun way to spend a Saturday. But come Sunday it looks like a trash dump. Join the group Love Dolores on Earth Day to help pick up trash on Saturday, April 22, and learn how you can keep the park clean.

Ashby

Flacos

If you worked up an appetite volunteering at clean-up spots, stop by Flacos on Adeline Street for a vegan Mexican feast. The restaurant got its start at the Berkeley’s Farmers Market and has developed a loyal following ever since.

Balboa Park

San Bruno Mountain State and County Park

Take a break from the urban jungle and get on the trail to admire nature’s beauty. San Bruno Mountain State and County Park offers a 9-mile loop with views of wildflowers and SF’s distant skyline. Get the details here. If you happen to go on Earth Day, take part in habitat restoration from 10am to 1pm.

Bay Fair

San Leandro Farmers’ Market

The Bayfair Center is buzzing on Saturdays as 45 farmers bring fresh produce to this weekly farmers’ market. Check it out from 9am to 1pm every Saturday.

Castro Valley

Clean Up Castro Valley

On April 29 (the week after Earth Day) join the city of Castro Valley in a clean-up effort to beautify the city. Pick-up trash along Castro Valley Boulevard from 9am to noon. Remember to register as spots are limited.

Civic Center/UN Plaza

Earth Day SF

This is San Francisco’s biggest Earth Day Celebration. The outdoor festival takes place on Saturday, April 22, and features live music, speakers, organic food, a clean energy zone, electric showcase, kids’ zone and more. The festival lasts from 11am to 6pm.

Coliseum

Oakland Earth Day

The 23rd annual Oakland Earth Day takes places Saturday, April 22, and is the city’s largest community volunteer event. Volunteer to help to clean-up the neighborhood, remove graffiti and plant trees. A volunteer map can be found here.

Colma

Daly City Earth Day

Join the city from 9am to 1pm on Saturday, April 22, for an Earth Day celebration. Shred documents, drop off e-waste, donate items for reuse and pick up compost for your garden, all happening at Daly City City Hall.

Concord

Iron Horse Regional Trail

Take a bicycle ride along the Iron Horse Trail. The trail spans 32 miles and follows the old route of the Southern Pacific Railroad. The trail begins near the Concord BART Station. Take a 10-minute bicycle from the BART station toward Concord Avenue to pick up the trail.

Daly City

San Bruno Mountain State and County Park

Take a break from the urban jungle and get on the trail to admire nature’s beauty. San Bruno Mountain State and County Park offers a 9-mile loop with views of wildflowers and SF’s distant skyline. Get the details here. If you happen to go on Earth Day, take part in habitat restoration from 10am to 1pm.

Downtown Berkeley

Berkeley Vegan Earth Day

The David Brower Center hosts a Vegan Earth Day on Sunday, April 30, from 10am to 4pm. Berkeley Vegan Earth Day brings vegan and environmental communities together to celebrate the paralleled vision for a sustainable future. Tickets cost $8 for presale and $10 at the door.

Dublin/Pleasanton

Iron Horse Regional Trail

If you didn’t pick up the Iron Horse Trail at its start (near Concord BART), you have another chance at the Dublin/Pleasanton Station. The bicycle path cuts through in front of the station, so you don’t have to navigate the streets to get out on the trail.

El Cerrito del Norte

El Cerrito Earth Day Celebration

The city of El Cerrito is hosting city-wide “work parties” on Earth Day. Plant trees, remove litter, spruce up landscaping and more. For locations, visit the city’s website here.

El Cerrito Plaza

El Cerrito Earth Day Celebration

The city of El Cerrito is hosting city-wide “work parties” on Earth Day. Plant trees, remove litter, spruce up landscaping and more. For locations, visit the city’s website here.

Embarcadero

March for Science

The San Francisco March for Science takes place on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22. Meet at Justin Herman Plaza at 11am for a rally, and march toward city hall to join the SF Earth Day celebration at Civic Center.

Fremont

Tule Ponds Clean-up

Join volunteers to clean-up the Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon on Saturday, April 22, right across from the Fremont BART Station. Be sure to check the website if it’s raining.

Fruitvale

Oakland Earth Day

The 23rd annual Oakland Earth Day takes places Saturday, April 22, and is the city’s largest community volunteer event. Volunteer to help to clean-up the neighborhood, remove graffiti and plant trees. A volunteer map can be found here.

Glen Park

Hike Glen Canyon Park

While San Francisco is a city known for being just “7x7”, it still manages to preserve plenty of enticing spaces for quiet communing with wildlife. Take a hike through Glen Canyon Park to admire Mother Earth.

Hayward

Confronting Climate Change

Join comedian W. Kamau Bell for a discussion about the environment and equity Wednesday, April 19, at California State East Bay University Theatre. Ride BART to Hayward BART Station, and transfer to the free CSUEB shuttle. Be sure to register for the event as seating is limited.

Lafayette

Hike Briones Regional Park

Upon arrival at Lafayette Station, hikers walk 1.3 miles along Happy Valley Road and Panorama Drive to get to this 6,000-acre getaway. Spend Earth Day admiring spring wildflowers.

Lake Merritt

Oakland Earth Day

The 23rd annual Oakland Earth Day takes places Saturday, April 22, and is the city’s largest community volunteer event. Volunteer to help to clean-up the neighborhood, remove graffiti and plant trees. A volunteer map can be found here.

MacArthur

Oakland Earth Day

The 23rd annual Oakland Earth Day takes places Saturday, April 22, and is the city’s largest community volunteer event. Volunteer to help to clean-up the neighborhood, remove graffiti and plant trees. A volunteer map can be found here.

Millbrae

Millbrae Farmers Market

Find farm-to-table freshness at the Millbrae Farmers Market on Saturdays, from 8am to 1pm. This year-round market is a 7-minute walk from BART.

Montgomery Street

Earth Day SF

This is San Francisco’s biggest Earth Day Celebration. The outdoor festival takes place on April 22 at Civic Center, and features live music, speakers, organic food, a clean energy zone, electric showcase, kids’ zone and more. The festival lasts from 11am to 6pm.

North Berkeley

Shoreline Cleanup

From 9 to 11:30am on Saturday, April 22, help pick up trash along the Berkeley Marina. Wear sturdy shoes, dress in layers and bring gloves if you can. It’s a 15-minute bicycle ride from BART.

North Concord/Martinez

Concord Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day by planting trees, restoring trails, cleaning up the creek and prepping for a butterfly garden at Hillcrest Community Park. The event lasts from 8am to noon on Saturday, April 22. The park is a 30-minute walk from BART or a 12-minute bus ride.

Orinda

Orinda Earth Day Cleanup Project

On Saturday, April 22, help beautify the city of Orinda at the 9th annual Orinda Action Day of Community Service from 9:30am to noon. Meet at the Orinda Library.

Pittsburg/Bay Point

Ambrose Park

Enjoy Ambrose Park, which offers outdoor recreation, youth and adult programs and special events for the surrounding community.

Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre

The Gardens at Heather Farm

Explore this free public garden nestled on a picturesque hillside in Walnut Creek. It’s a 10-minute bicycle ride or 30-minute bus ride from the BART station.

Powell Street

Earth Day SF

This is San Francisco’s biggest Earth Day Celebration. The outdoor festival takes place on April 22, and features live music, speakers, organic food, a clean energy zone, electric showcase, kids’ zone and more. The festival lasts from 11am to 6pm.

Richmond

Rosie The Riveter Trail

Enjoy a leisurely bicycle ride along the Richmond waterfront. By riding a bike instead of driving, you’re reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Rockridge

Oakland Earth Day

The 23rd annual Oakland Earth Day takes places Saturday, April 22, and is the city’s largest community volunteer event. Volunteer to help to clean-up the neighborhood, remove graffiti and plant trees. A volunteer map can be found here.

San Bruno

Junipero Serra County Park

Take a hike while enjoying panoramic views of the Bay Area. Hop on the 141 bus or ride your bicycle 25 minutes to get to the park. .

San Leandro

San Leandro Marina

Use BART to connect with the San Francisco Bay Trail, a 330-mile long shoreline path, bridging the gap between our communities and the natural landscape of the Bay Area. The whole family can enjoy an out-and-back bike trip to San Leandro Marina Park.

South Hayward

Garin Regional Park

For those looking for a good workout while enjoying East Bay park scenery, Garin Regional Park offers lovely trails and picnic areas to explore.

South San Francisco

Tree planting

On Saturday, April 22, clean up and plant trees at Sunshine Gardens Elementary School, a 13-minute walk from BART.

Union City

Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area

This regional park is a 9-minute bicycle ride from BART. Pack a picnic, fish, watch wildlife or take a hike.

Walnut Creek

Science March

Can’t make it to San Francisco? Walnut Creek will also be hosting a Science March in conjunction with the national March for Science on April 22. Meet at Civic Park at 10am.

Warm Springs/South Fremont

BART’s “greenest” station

Did you know Warm Springs is the "greenest" BART station? Take a ride to the (new) end-of-the-line to check it out.

West Dublin/Pleasanton

Dublin Heritage Park & Museum

This 10-acre park with preserved buildings from the 1850s tells the story of the city's early settlers. Hop on the 30R bus and celebrate springtime and learn about farm-fresh foods.

West Oakland

Mandela Foods Cooperative

The monthly installment of the Simpo Tiempo Pop-Up Market lands on Earth Day. From 2pm to sundown enjoy live music, visit with worker-owned vendors and get to know the community at this food co-op. 

1 Sausalito
San Francisco, CA 94111
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Embarcadero (SF)
300 Lakeside Drive
Oakland, CA 94612
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19th St. Oakland
Nearest BART Station: 
Embarcadero (SF)
Nearest BART Station: 
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Author: Andrea Frainier
Andrea Frainier is a marketing representative for BART. Her earliest memory is riding BART with her father from Fremont to Oakland, and it's always her ride of choice whenever she sees the A’s, rocks out at The Fox, or eats burritos stuffed with French fries (thanks Taqueria Los Coyotes).

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