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.
If you prefer to celebrate Earth Day at Home, Gianna has gathered 22 Ways to Create a Meaningful and Easy Earth Day.
Check back in early 2020 for updated listings. If you would like to plan ahead, take a look at the 2019 events, most repeat annually.
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: 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 Up | Fort 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: 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.
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.
EARTH DAY FAMILY EVENTS – PARK CLEAN-UP SITES
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.
4/28/19: 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 email@example.com 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.