Earth Day is an annual event that is celebrated worldwide on April 22nd to demonstrate support for environmental protection. The day was first celebrated in 1970, and it now includes events coordinated by the Earth Day Network in more than 193 countries. To read more about Earth Day and its history, visit

Kick Off to Earth Day Week

Start off the week with our esteemed CCRCD leader, Chris Lim, Executive Director, and watch and listen as he explains in more detail about what we're offering, the webinars to look out for, and his thoughts on Earth Week and how it effects everyone!

Wildfire and You: Protecting Your Home from Wildfire

Contra Costa Resource Conservation District and Alameda County Resource Conservation District are excited to announce this upcoming webinar on actions residents can take in and around their homes to protect against the threat of wildfires. This 1-hour webinar will cover topics of home hardening, defensible space creation, defensible space and chipping programs in our counties, and actions our own RCD members have taken to fire-scape their homes. Presenters include:
Douglas Kent:
Principal, Douglas Kent & Associates
Adjunct Professor, John Lyle Center for Regenerative Studies at CalPoly Pomona
Author, Firescaping: Protecting your home with a fire-resistant landscape
Cheryl Miller:
Executive Director, Diablo Fire Safe Council
Igor Skaredoff:
President, Contra Costa Resource Conservation District Board of Directors
Lisa Anich:
Watershed Conservation Manager, Contra Costa Resource Conservation District
This webinar is in support of Wildfire Community Preparedness Day on May 1st, a national campaign that "encourages people and organizations everywhere to come together on a single day to take action to raise awareness and reduce wildfire risks". To read more about Wildfire Community Preparedness Day, please visit the National Fire Protection Association's website:


Living Like Every Day is Earth Day:
Agriculture, Conservation, and Restoration

This webinar will focus on the agricultural and rangeland programs at the CCRCD. Daniel Correa and Evan Levy, CCRCD Ecosteward Conservation Technicians, will be giving a presentation of their work around Contra Costa County in a short segment titled, "Meet the EcoStewards".
Derek Emmons, Agriculture Conservation Coordinator, will tour some of Contra Costa County's urban farms, and discuss some of their beneficial management practices like hedgerows and cover cropping.
Ben Weise, will showcase the CCRCD's work on the Voluntary Local Program, and how it helps threatened and endangered California tiger salamander and California red-legged frog.


LIVE STREAM: Rodeo Town Wide Cleanup

Join Chris Lim in the 'studio', and Heidi Petty out in the field, assisted by Chris Bryant, videographer, and Eric Akeson, CCRCD Digital Communications Manager, as we explore how one town, Rodeo, tackles a city-wide cleanup project, what their plan is, and their personal thoughts regarding Earth Day.

Earth Day with the CCRCD Showcase

Come meet the CCRCD staff as they recap their Earth Day experiences of past and present, and discuss ways to get involved in the future of the conservation of our natural environment.
We will be accepting videos all year long to share throughout the year on our social media.  Prizes will be given out quarterly with a final Showcase of our winners on Earth Day 2022.

Earth Day "Hike with Us" video contest

Earth Day is an annual event that is celebrated worldwide on April 22nd to demonstrate support for environmental protection. The day was first celebrated in 1970, and it now includes events coordinated by the Earth Day Network in more than 193 countries. To read more about Earth Day and its history, visit

During a time when we are unable to gather as we usually do on Earth Day, the CCRCD wants to give the community a way to get involved, learn more about the environment, and enjoy nature! We will be bringing you a full week of virtual programming starting on April 19th, 2021 and ending on April 23rd with a Showcase Program of our Hike with Us Video Contest. To enter your video in the Hike with Us Contest, please see the guidelines below.

Make a video and send it to us for a chance to win a prize!

Hike with Us Video Contest Guidelines

Quality and formatting:

  • Videos must be filmed during a hike from any point of view (get creative!).
  • Videos must be filmed in horizontal/landscape format.
  • Video submissions should be 1-3 minutes long.
  • Be aware of lighting and shadows while filming.
  • Wind or nearby noise may negatively impact the sound in your video.
  • The video must be filmed within Contra Costa County.
  • Each participant may submit up to 6 videos.
  • File types should be MP4 or MOV.
  • Please add: “I submitted my Hike with Us Video to the CCRCD contest! Happy Earth Day week. #CCRCDHikewithUs #ContraCostaRCD” to your Facebook post heading.

Video Options and ideas:
The following options are not mandatory and will not be judged on if included or not.

  • Feel free to add titles, sub titles, captions, or credits to your video
  • Feel free to add music or sound effects
  • Feel free to add any special effects or transitions
  • Some of your video could incorporate still images in a slide show
  • Narrate your video, converse onscreen, or have no spoken word

Categories (submitters my choose 1 or 2 categories):

  • Creeks, Shores, and Wetlands
    This category is for videos of hikes near creeks, shorelines, marshes, or other wetlands in Contra Costa County.
  • Hills and Trails
    This category is for videos of hikes on any of the beautiful hills and trails of the County.
  • Activity-Centered
    This category is for videos of hikes that include performance of an activity, like seed collecting or trash clean up.
  • Educational
    This category is for videos that help educate the community about a specific environmental topic, such as plant or animal identification, or how nature helps to enhance health.
  • Age 18 and under, any subject
    This category is for all participants who are 18 or younger. The filmed hike may take place anywhere in Contra Costa County.

Prizes (Winners will receive all listed):

  • Reusable shopping bag
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Metal straw
  • $25 gift certificate to Sports Basement, a local company with great, outdoor gear

One winner will be selected from each of the 5 categories.
Three to five “Honorable Mentions” will be selected from each of the 5 categories.

The video submissions will be judged by a diverse, impartial group of CCRCD staff members.
Please submit by going to the CCRCD “Hike with Us Video Contest” Facebook event (or use the SUBMIT YOUR VIDEO button at bottom) and upload your video for approval.

*Please note that it may take a few minutes for the POST button to show up for larger videos. You Facebook post may be used on social media prior to the end of the contest.

Submitting Videos
Submitting videos is a simple 2-step process:
1) Fill out and submit the form below.
2) Submit/Upload your video to our Facebook Event page linked below. Any/all video (in whole or in parts) may be used on social media for promotion purposes.

Step 1 - Fill out form

Choose up to 2 categories below
Title of video
Video credit(s)

Please select the proper required button below:

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Step 2 - Submit your video

Upload your video to Facebook

After submitting the above form, click the SUBMIT YOUR VIDEO button below. Then on the Facebook Event page, click "Add a Post", Use the phrase "Hike with Us video contest" along with your name, and video title, then 'Add to your post' by clicking the image icon to upload your video. For large video, it may take a few moments for the "Post" button to turn from grey to active blue. Once posted, your video will not be automatically shown.