2018 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.

2019 TWIN CITIES EARTH DAY FAMILY EVENTS

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

2018 TWIN CITIES EARTH DAY FAMILY EVENTS

4/17/18: Toddler Tuesday – Celebrate Earth Day | Mall of America | 10am to 12pm | FREE | Meet Elmer the Elm Tree and celebrate Earth Day MOA style.

4/21/18: 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.

4/21/18: 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.

4/21/18: 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.

4/21/18: Earth Day: Story Stroll, Service Projects and Native Plant Sale | Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington | 10am-12pm | Hike on a Story Stroll, join volunteers removing invasive plants, and get tips to attract pollinators and wildlife to your yard. FREE.

4/21/18: 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.

4/21/18-4/22/18: 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.

4/22/18: Earth Day Trail Hike | Eastman Nature Center, Dayton | 1pm-2:30pm | Search for natural treasures on a casual trail hike. FREE. 

4/22/18: Earth Day River Clean Up | Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, Brooklyn Park | 1pm-3pm | Clean up the Mississippi and learn green tips for home. FREE.

4/22/18: 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.

4/22/18: Family Funday – Earth Day Celebration | Kroening Interpretive Center, Minneapolis | 1-3pm | Naturalist-led and self-guided activities. Community cleanup around the park. Meet animals and create art. FREE for all ages.

4/22/18: Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration | Wood Lake Nature Center, Richfield | 1-4pm | Enjoy the day at Wood Lake by planting trees, going on an Earth Day-inspired scavenger hunt, and dedicating the Marlene Glaus Overlook. FREE.

04/22/18: Earth Day Birthday Party | The Wedge Table, Minneapolis | 11am-1pm | Earth-friendly crafts, birthday treats, and musical activities. Blooma will lead family-friendly yoga at noon. Kids can bring home tree-seedling party favors. FREE.

4/23/18: My Preschooler & Me: Puppet Escapades – Earth Day | 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.

4/23/18: Unci Maka: Our Relationship with Mother Earth | Silverwood Park, St. Anthony | 6-8pm | FREE | Cante Suta-Francis Bettelyoun, coordinator of Native American Medicine Gardens discusses how indigenous cultural practices help create healthy soils, which lead to a healthy environment. Discover how each of us can heal our environments with microbes, water, soil and plants.

4/24/18: 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.

4/28/18: Earth & Arbor Day Celebration | Meadowview Elementary, Farmington | 10:30am-noon | Free family friendly event | FREE.


EARTH DAY FAMILY EVENTS – PARK CLEAN-UP SITES

04/14/18: Eden Prairie Park Clean Up Day – Call 952-949-8463 by April 5th for a Park Assignment.
04/15/18-05/15/18: Blaine Earth Day Cleanups – The city of Blaine facilitates community members who want to organize a neighborhood cleanup. Find organized cleanups at the link.
4/21/18: St. Paul Citywide Cleanup – Due to weather the Citywide Spring Cleanup will not be held on April 21. St. Paul is asking the public to stop by a designated rec center between April 25 and 27 to pick up cleanup supplies to use anytime between April 28 and May 5. 
4/21/18: Wargo Clean Up | Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes | 10am-noon
4/28/18: Annual Maplewood All Parks Cleanup | 8-10am | Meet at Maplewood Community Center, cleanup materials, coffee and snacks provided. Contact audra.robbins@maplewoodmn.gov for info (rescheduled from 4/21)
4/21/18: Plymouth Spring Park & Trail Clean-up Kick off date | Individuals, families and groups can choose a park or trail to keep clean spring to fall on their own schedule. Call 763-509-5950 for a list of available parks and trails.
4/22/18: Battle Creek Cleanup | 9am, register online, space is limited
4/22/18: Otter Lake Off-Leash Dog Area | 8am-12pm | No registration necessary
4/25/18: Adopt-a-Highway Clean-up | Carpenter Nature Center, Hastings | 5:30-8pm | Bring your favorite litter stabber and let’s make the place beautiful for Earth Day! Call 651-437-4359 to RSVP | FREE.
4/28/18: Farmington Park & Pond Cleanup | 9am-11pm | To participate contact Ryan Hayes before April 20 at 651-280-6854 or rhayes@ci.farmington.mn.us.
5/12/18: Minneapolis Parks Earth Day Cleanup sites – No registration necessary | 9am-noon – Postponed from 4/21 due to weather and ground conditions.  If you have further questions please contact Event Coordinator, Erica Chua at 612-230-6479
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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