2019 Twin Cities Earth Day Family Events

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 as well as some Arbor Day Events to get out with your kids and celebrate our environment this month. This year they stretch from early April to early May. Pick a time that works for you to celebrate or celebrate all month.

If you prefer to celebrate Earth Day at Home, Gianna has gathered 22 Ways to Create a Meaningful and Easy Earth Day.


4/8/19: My Preschooler & Me: Lowry Little Ones – Spaceship Earth | Lowry Nature Center, Victoria | 10am to 11:30am | $5/pp | For preschoolers age 2-5 and their parent – indoor activity stations, songs, stories, crafts and outdoor exploration. Registration required.

4/20/19: Art Start’s EcoArts Fest | Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Bloomington.

4/20/19: 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 and watch the Lorax! FREE.

4/20/19: Earth Day Celebration | Kroening Interpretive Center, Minneapolis | Naturalist led hike, self-guided nature exploration, art activities, face painting, and help clean up around the park while celebrating our Earth.FREE for all ages.

4/20/19: Family Earth Day Celebration | Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes | 12:30-3pm | All kinds of family fun at this Earth Day celebration:music, hiking, light refreshments, and a make-and-take earth art project. FREE ($5/vehicle).

4/20/19: Earth Day Clean UpFort Snelling State Park, Saint Paul | 10am 12pm | Learn more about your state park and trail system; grab you gloves, your pickers, and head out to the park. FREE, but a $7 vehicle permit is required.

4/22/19: My Preschooler & Me: Puppet Escapades – Who’s Who on Spaceship Earth | Lowry Nature Center, Victoria | 10am to 11am | $4/pp | For preschoolers age 2-6 and their parent – watch a puppet show and explore activity stations. Registration required.

4/22/19: Earth Day Wildflower Walk | Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden, Minneapolis | Garden Naturalist will lead a wildflower tour of the Garden. Walk the Garden trails while learning about and looking for Spring wildflowers.

4/26/19: Minneapolis Arbor Day Celebration | Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis | Treehuggers of all ages can celebrate Arbor Day by helping to plant 200 new specimens, playing lawn games, climbing trees, and lots more. There’ll be music and food, too. 4-8pm, FREE.

4/27/19: Earth Day Birding Festival | Carpenter Nature Center, Hastings | 8am to 4pm | $5/pp or $15/with lunch | Celebrate the many birds of Minnesota. RSVPs are required.

4/27/19: Arbor Day Celebration | McColl Pond, Savage | 1-4pm | Educational Activities and raptor program.

4/27/19-4/28/19: 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.

4/28/19: Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration | Wood Lake Nature Center, Richfield | 1-4pm | Enjoy the day at Wood Lake by planting trees and pulling buckthorn. FREE. Limit 30 participants.

5/1/19: Arbor Day Celebration and Park Cleanup | Welcome Park, Crystal | 6pm-7pm |  Family-friendly event includes a tree give-away, tree planting, information about trees and tree diseases and refreshments.

5/4/19: Environmental Fun Fair | Springbrook Nature Center, Fridley | 10am-2pm | Kick off Arbor Month with a day of family-friendly environmental activities and a raptor show. Plus, bring in broken items to the Fix It Clinic. FREE.

5/11/19: Arbor Day and Community Tree Planting Celebration | Aquila Park, St. Louis Park | 9am-noon |  A free celebration with music by Kid Power with Rachel.



Last year we had a blizzard on April 15th, making park clean up difficult. Let’s hope we have some better luck in 2019.

4/15/19-5/15/19: Blaine Earth Day Cleanups – The city of Blaine facilitates community members who want to organize a neighborhood cleanup. Pick a date or find organized cleanups at the link. 

4/20/19: Earth Day Service Project | Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes | 10am-noon  | Please call 763-324-3350 for details and to sign up.

4/20/19: Minneapolis Parks Earth Day Cleanup sites – No registration necessary | 9am-noon – If you have further questions please contact Event Coordinator, Erica Chua at 612-230-6479

4/27/19: Earth Day Cleanup | Tamarack Nature Center, White Bear Township | 9am-noon | Volunteer for a morning at Tamarack by cleaning up the grounds and trails. RSVP at the above link. FREE.

4/27/19: Mississippi River Clean Up | Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, Brooklyn Park | 1pm-3pm | Clean up the Mississippi and learn green tips for home. Registration Required. FREE; Event 2CRD0455.

4/28/19: Park Clean Up Day | Springbrook Nature Center, Fridley | 9am-12pm | A variety of clean up tasks for volunteers, tools provided, limited number of gloves available (bring your own if possible), dress for the weather and long pants.

4/27/19: St. Paul Citywide Cleanup  | Pre-Register at this Link then drop by your selected site any time between 9 and 11:30 am, to pick up bags, gloves and snacks. Then, head out and clean up your park or neighborhood of choice.

4/27/19: Eden Prairie Park Clean Up Day – Call 952-949-8463 by April 5th for a Park Assignment.

4/27/19: Annual Maplewood All Parks Cleanup | 9:30am-12:30pm | Meet at Wakefield Park Community Building, cleanup materials, coffee and snacks provided. Contact audra.robbins@maplewoodmn.gov for info.

4/27/19: St. Anthony Village Earth Day Clean Up | 8-10am | Participating parks include Central, Emerald, Salo, Silver Point, and Trillium. Please bring gloves to this is a family friendly event. (This is separate from the City Clean Up Day on 5/4 when residents bring in items for disposal.)

4/27/19: Battle Creek Cleanup | 9am, register online, space is limited

4/27/19: Minnehaha Creek Cleanup | Creekside Park, St. Louis Park | 9am-11am | Volunteers will be divided into crews and cleanup begins promptly at 9 a.m., so make sure to arrive a little early. No registration is required. Gloves, waders, cleanup tools and disposal bags will be provided. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable work clothes.

5/04/19: Holz Farm Park CleanUp Day – Register Online. Register for cleanup at other Eagan Parks any time at this same link.

5/04/19: Valley Park Trash Clean Up – Register Online. Clean up trash around Nine Mile Creek in Hopkins..


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