Treat the Planet to Lunch with Picnic for the Planet

The Nature Conservancy Celebrates Earth Day with Second Annual Global Picnic

Picnic for the Planet

Celebrate Earth Day!

Set a World Record!

Join us this Earth Day & set the record for the world's largest picnic.


Arlington, VA | April 02, 2012

Earth is an amazing planet, and we’re taking it out for lunch! The Nature Conservancy is celebrating Earth Day by hosting the second annual Picnic for the Planet and connecting people around the world through the food they love. Host or join a picnic in honor of our planet, the delicious food it provides and the wonderful people with whom we share it. This is truly a global event and may be the largest picnic ever. 

The Nature Conservancy is hosting picnics around the world including in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Washington, D.C., Arusha, Tanzania, Beijing and Melbourne, Australia. If there is not a Nature Conservancy picnic happening locally, you can celebrate by hosting your own – just RSVP online, pick a day, gather some friends and enjoy a delicious meal outside. 

If you gather 25 picnickers at your event on April 22, your picnic can be part of the Guinness World Record® attempt, as The Nature Conservancy plans to set the record for the largest multi-venue picnic in a 24-hour period.  You can have fun, honor the Earth and be part of history. Picnic hosts are encouraged to turn their picnics into fundraisers to help protect the outdoor places we love. 

“In a time where many people think their food comes from a grocery store or a drive-thru window, it is important to learn about where our food comes from,” said Dr. M. Sanjayan, lead scientist for The Nature Conservancy. “Thanks to the popularity of locavores, farmers’ markets and farm co-ops, people want to know the story of their food and if it’s good for them, the economy and the planet. Picnic for the Planet is an opportunity to get outside, eat locally and eat green.” 

The Conservancy is partnering with Cooking Channel and SUBWAY® restaurants to raise awareness and share Picnic for the Planet events with their viewers and customers. During the month of April, Cooking Channel will share picnic tips on-air and online, and SUBWAY® restaurants are giving out reusable bags designed in partnership with The Nature Conservancy in their Fresh Fit for Kids meals and will be promoting the event through their social media outlets.

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) has accepted a commitment to action for Picnic for the Planet. This commitment allows the Conservancy to find new and innovative supporters for the event and as a result, the world’s largest retailer, Walmart, is supporting Picnic for the Planet by engaging its workforce and promoting the event to its 1.4 million employees in the United States.    

The Nature Conservancy launched Picnic for the Planet in 2011 to nurture our connection to the planet and the food it provides. Last year’s Picnic was a great success with thousands of people joining more than 600 picnics in 61 countries on all seven continents. Picnic for the Planet is part of The Nature Conservancy's All Hands on Earth campaign which aims to build an active, global community for the environment and provide everyday ways for people to get involved in creating a healthier earth. 

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the web at To learn about the Conservancy’s global initiatives, visit To keep up with current Conservancy news, follow @nature_press on Twitter.

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Tracy Connell
(703) 247-3726

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