Earth Day on April 22 provides an annual reminder of our abundant natural resources. Here are five places to appreciate this beautiful planet.

1. NATIONAL PARKS Keep your carbon footprint low by setting up your tent close to home. Plan your family menu with locally grown or raised selections from a farmers market and bring reusable utensils and containers. While exploring, discuss the importance of staying on marked trails to protect fragile ecosystems.

INFO www.stateparks.org, nps.gov

2. MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM, MONTEREY, CALIFORNIA Introduce youngsters to the rare ocean sunfish, the secret lives of sea horses, and the magical beauty of stingrays, jellyfish, penguins and sea otters. Housed in a converted cannery, the aquarium is one of the few places to exhibit bluefin and yellowfin tuna. You’ll also see one of the few living kelp forests, where divers hand-feed sharks and other fish.

INFO montereybayaquarium.org

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3. BELIZE This Central America gem offers more than 87 distinct types of ecosystems. Along with 150 identified species of mammals are rain forests, Mayan temples, the world’s second longest barrier reef and an abundance of ecolodges educating travelers about the fragility of its ecosystem. Stay at the Lodge at Chaa Creek for early morning bird-watching tours or to visit the Blue Morpho Butterfly Farm.

INFO chaacreek.com, travelbelize.org

4. LEAPING LAMB FARM, ALSEA, OREGON Help with morning chores on this 64-acre farm in Oregon’s Coast Range. Craft a family breakfast in your own cabin, including eggs your crew collected. Lend a hand in the greenhouse and garden or learn about raising lamb and Heritage turkeys. Brush the horses and bottle-feed a baby goat before hiking and biking on neighboring trails.

INFO leapinglambfarm.com

5. THE ROAD TO HANA, HAWAII Surf crashing on the rugged coastline, bamboo forests and stunning waterfalls make this iconic roadway a destination in itself. Offering a stark contrast to the resort-filled beaches on other parts of the island, you’ll find an unblemished, lush landscape oozing with remnants of the old Hawaiian culture. Stop along the 52-mile trip for picture taking, hiking, picnicking on the beach and tasting the famous banana or mango bread.

INFO gohawaii.com/maui, hanamaui.com