2017 Twin Cities Earth Day Family Events

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Earth Day Network’s first Earth Day was in 1970. It’s continuing mission — “to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations.” For us, it’s a chance to teach our children about good stewardship of our planet, while getting out and enjoying the long-awaited spring. I think the spring thing may be why the Twin Cities Metro does not skimp on Earth Day activities and events. We have a sampling of Earth Day family events to get out with your kids and celebrate our environment this month.
Earth Day Family Events


4/20: Earth Day Event – Give Back To Nature | Dodge Nature Center, West St. Paul • 5:30-8pm • Bring the family to help take on a variety of projects including litter pick-up, invasive species removal, garden clean up, and more. Volunteers can enjoy a cookout before getting to work. Pre-registration. Sign Up Here. FREE.

4/21: Earth Day Native Garden Get Together | Silverwood Park, St. Anthony • 10am to 12pm • $5/pp • Details: Learn about native plants and make seed bombs to take home. Reservations recommended.

4/21: Born In China opens in theaters | Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure film “Born In China” follows the stories of three animal families in some of the most extreme environments on Earth.

4/22: Earth Day: Story Stroll, Service Projects and Native Plant Sale | Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington • 10am-2pm • Hike on a Story Stroll, join volunteers removing invasive plants, and get tips to attract pollinators and wildlife to your yard. FREE.

4/22: Earth Day River Clean Up | Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, Brooklyn Park • 10am-12pm • Clean up the Mississippi and learn green tips for home. FREE.

4/22: Earth Day Celebration | Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Roseville • 10am-2pm • Enjoy free entertainment, beat a drum in the parade, and help with planting at this annual celebration. Top off the day with a slice of cake to celebrate the nature center’s birthday! FREE.

4/22: Family Earth Day Celebration | Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes • 12:30-3pm • All kinds of family fun at this Earth Day celebration: climbing wall, light refreshments, and a make-and-take earth art project. FREE.

4/22-23: Party for the Planet | Como Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul • 10am-4pm • Tons of free activities will take place throughout the weekend, focusing on creative ways to conserve energy. FREE.

4/23: Earth Day Trail Hike | Eastman Nature Center, Dayton • 1pm-2:30pm • Search for natural treasures on a casual trail hike. FREE.

4/24: My Preschooler & Me: Puppet Escapades – Earth Day is Here | Lowry Nature Center, Victoria • 10am to 11am • $4/pp • For preschoolers age 2-4 and their parent – watch a puppet show and explore activity stations. Registration required.

4/22: Earth Day Cleanup & Garden Work Day | Tamarack Nature Center, White Bear Township • 9am-noon • Volunteer for a morning at Tamarack by cleaning up the grounds and trails, as well as working in the Garden to get it ready for planting. RSVP at the above link. FREE.

4/22: Outdoor: Earth Day Celebration | Kroening Interpretive Center, Minneapolis • 11am-3pm • Naturalist-led and self-guided activities. Community cleanup around the park. Meet animals and create art. FREE for All ages.


4/22: St. Paul Citywide Cleanup – register online for the location of your choice today!
4/22: Wargo Clean Up | Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes • 10am-noon
4/22: Battle Creek Cleanup – Register online – Space is Limited  • 9am
4/22: Otter Lake Off-Leash Dog Area – No registration necessary  • 8am-noon
4/22: Minneapolis Parks Earth Day Cleanup sites
Earth Day Family Events

The 2016 Earth Day Clean Up at Minneapolis parks collected 1,640 pounds of metal, 640 pounds of recycling and a whopping 8,100 pounds of garbage!











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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.

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