Now here’s an Earth Day idea I can get behind. Celebrate the planet we live on with good food and great people by participating in The Nature Conservancy’s Picnic for the Planet.

So far there are picnics planned in 351 cities around the world, and the Picnic for the Planet’s website makes it easy for you to find a picnic near you or to plan a picnic that you can invite others to.

If you’re going to participate in an Earth Day picnic, here are some suggestions to make sure it’s an earth-friendly picnic.

  1. Have everyone bring reusable plates, cups, utensils and napkins. Keep the disposables to the barest minimum.
  2. Include local food in your picnic. The Picnic for the Planet site has several chefs’ recipes for ideas. I think this recipe for Roasted Asparagus, Mushroom, Leek, and Chevre Frittata is one that is appropriate for this time of the year in most regions. Cold frittatas are yummy.
  3. Provide a receptacle for recyclables that someone will take home and make sure they get to the right place. Don’t count on the park doing your recycling for you. Even if it has a can for recycling, many people throw both trash and recyclables in those cans, and often everything in them gets thrown in the trash.
  4. Bring an assortment of Frisbees, footballs, and other things that can get people up and moving after the picnic so everyone doesn’t just eat and leave.
  5. Leave your picnic spot in better shape than when you got there. Don’t just clean up your own trash. Have everyone spend a few minutes walking around the picnic spot to clean up trash that others have left behind. 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Picnic for the Planet on Earth Day
The Nature Conservancy wants everyone to enjoy the earth this Earth Day by gathering outside to enjoy a meal. We've got some ideas to make sure your picnic hono