2020 Twin Cities Earth Day Family Events

Earth Day falls on April 22nd but we love to celebrate so much in Minnesota, we celebrate all month long and into May. I think it’s our love of spring that may be why the Twin Cities Metro does not skimp on Earth Day activities and events. While this is a chance to teach our children about good stewardship of our planet, it is also the perfect excuse to get out and enjoy the long-awaited spring.

Celebrating 50 years in 2020, Earth Day Network’s first Earth Day was in 1970. Its continuing mission is “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.”

We have a sampling of Earth Day family events here as well as some Arbor Day events to get you out with your kids and celebrating our environment this month.

If you prefer to celebrate Earth Day at Home, Gianna has gathered 22 Ways to Create a Meaningful and Easy Earth Day or most of these 65+ Fun Nature Play Ideas for Kids can be done at home or on your own.

EARTH DAY FAMILY EVENTS & CELEBRATIONS 

These Earth Day celebrations are perfect for families with mixed ages. There is something for everyone and families can move at their own pace.

ONLINE: April 18, 2020: Earth Day Youth Birding Competition | Carpenter Nature Center, Hastings 
Celebrate the many birds of Minnesota. 8am to 4pm. The online competition is FREE to all participants. Please email. RSVPs are required.

ONLINE:  April 20-24, 2020: Family Earth Day Celebration | Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes
Download some projects on Monday, then hop on Facebook for Live Events Tuesday – Friday.

  • Monday, April 20 – E-Learning Packet
    Earth Week Craft (Download This PDF)
  • Tuesday, April 21 – Storytime (Facebook Live at 11 am, Thank You, Earth April Pulley Sayre)
    Crafts (Facebook Live at 3 pm, Blooming Flowers)
  • Wednesday, April 22 – Animal Superpowers: Beetles and the Emerald Ash Borer (View anytime after 10 am)
  • Thursday, April 23 – Your Anoka County Parks – Manomin Park (view anytime after 10 am)
    A Quiet Walk in the Woods (Facebook Live at 1 pm)
  • Friday, April 24 – Music in Nature (Facebook Live at 1 pm)

ONLINE: April 25, 2020: Earth Day Celebration | Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Roseville
10am-2pm, FREE.

CURRENTLY ON: May 30, 2020: Art Start’s EcoArts Fest | Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge, Bloomington
A celebration of Nature through the Arts. Moved to the end of May in 2020. This isn’t really Earth Day anymore, but it also comes with less of a risk of freak snowstorms and April showers. FREE.

DIY EARTH DAY HIKES, WALKS & HUNTS 

For the family who wants to get out and move while enjoying nature, Hikes, Walks & Hunts will get your family exploring Minnesota’s great parks. While the social events have been cancelled, you are not without family options.

 EARTH DAY EVENTS FOR PRESCHOOL KIDS

Age-appropriate Earth Day events for the youngest family members. 

May 11, 2020: Lowry Little Ones – Caring for the Earth | Lowry Nature Center, Victoria
For preschoolers age 2-5 and their parent – indoor activity stations, songs, stories, crafts and outdoor exploration. Registration required. 10-11:30am, $5/pp. Still on as of 4/17/20.

At Your Own Convenience: Also consider participating in free online activities from Tinkergarten! Find events & downloads here.

EARTH DAY PARK CLEAN-UP EVENTS

Even if your own park system has cancelled its park clean up event, you can grab your own gear and head out to clean up your own neighborhood or maybe just your backyard!

April 15-May 15, 2020: Blaine Earth Day Cleanups
The city of Blaine facilitates community members who want to organize a neighborhood cleanup. You select the date, time, and project. The city provides the supplies.

April 19-April 25, 2020: Maplewood Residents are encouraged to go out “Plalking” (picking up litter while walking)
Remember to wear gloves and take your trash bag with you or place it in a designated container. Please avoid playgrounds and observe social distancing.

April 25, 2020: Eden Prairie Park Clean Up Day
Still going, just observe social distancing and bring your own trash bags and gloves. Call 952-949-8463 by April 23rd for a park assignment.

Minneapolis Parks

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board invited residents to participate in a Do-It-Yourself Minneapolis Earth Day Clean-Up anytime through the end of April.

No registration needed! Just follow these steps:

  1. Use a trash bag from home.
  2. Head to a nearby park or trail to pick up trash (while getting fresh air and exercise).
  3. Practice social distancing and other current COVID-19 guidelines. Learn more at MPRB Website.
  4. Share photos of your trash haul on MPRB’s @MPLSEarthDay Facebook page and get a prize!
Earth Day Family Events

Earth Day Clean Up at Minneapolis parks

Nine Mile Creek / Hopkins

Sat. May 9, 2020: Instead of the usual Hopkins Valley Park Trash Cleanup, residents are encouraged to take part in the Adopt a Drain campaign instead. Go to adopt-a-drain.org/, type in your address, and click on a storm drain near your home. Give it a name, and pledge to clean out the grate of sticks and trash for a year. Use a rake, gloves, and or a broom and dustpan to clear the debris from the top grate. Make sure to clear a drain on a side street, never the busy main streets. You can find more helpful tips at adopt-a-drain.org/#how-to-clear-a-drain.

Minnetonka Suggests:

  • Adopting a Drain: It’s an easy and safe way to have a positive impact on our environment. You can do this anywhere, signing up through adopt-a-drain.org.
  • Getting Outside and Enjoying Fresh Air: Bring a trash bag and gloves too! While keeping a safe distance, pick up debris around your neighborhood. Our wildlife thanks you in advance!
  • Planting Natives: And getting a grant to do it through the state’s Lawns to Legumes program.
  • Visiting earthday.org for more great ways to celebrate 50 years of Earth Day at home or while maintaining those all-important six feet between us outdoors.


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