Celebrate Earth Day in the Twin Cities on April 22, by helping out with an Earth Day service project on April 22 or over the weekend. We’ve compiled a list of service and fun related events, deals and freebies to help with the celebration of Earth Day.
Earth Day Service Events
- Minneapolis River Gorge Cleanup, April 23, 9:30 a.m – noon, E. 36th Street & E. 44th Street at W. River Parkway. If you would like to contribute to the health and vitality of the Mississippi River, interested parties should meet at one of the two bluff-top sites on the parkway trail. Bring your own gloves. Pizza lunch provided. Click here for more information.
- Earth Day River Cleanup, April 23, 10 a.m. – noon, Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park. Enjoy being along the Mississippi River, while helping the amazing aquatic ecosystem. Reservations required.
- Lakeville Watershed Cleanup Day and Earth Day Celebration, April 23, 9-11:30 a.m. (Cleanup), 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Earth Day Celebration), call (952) 985-4500 to register or use online form. After the clean-up volunteers should head to the Central Maintenance Facility at 7570 179th St. W. (11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.) for lunch and Earth Day family fun activities, including puppet shows, educational stations and blue thumb workshops.
- Minneapolis Earth Day Cleanup, April 23, 9:30 a.m. – noon, multiple site locations. This annual event involves cleaning Minneapolis parks, neighborhoods, watersheds and waterbodies including the Chain of Lakes, Lake Nokomis, Lake Hiawatha, Powderhorn Lake, Diamond Lake, Shingle Creek, Minnehaha Creek, Bassett’s Creed and the Mississippi River.
- Earth and Arbor Day Celebration, April 30, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Rambling River Center at 325 Oak Street in Farmington. Enjoy family fun activities with science, art, animals and educational exhibits. Bring your crayons for recycling.
- Great River Greening Volunteer Restoration Events, including tree planting, prairie improvement and restoration, shoreline restoration and oak rescue along the Minnesota River, check website for dates and times.
- Battle Creek Regional Park
75 South Winthrop St. Saint Paul, MN 55119
- Bald Eagle-Otter Lake Regional Park and Off-Leash Dog Area
5750 Otter Lake Road, White Bear Township, MN 55110
- Keller Regional Park
2161 Maplewood Drive, Maplewood, MN 55109
- Battle Creek Regional Park
- Haul Buckthorn at the Vermillion Aquatic Management Center, May 7, 9-11 a.m.,Vermillion River Aquatic Management Area, Farmington. Advance registration required. To sign up, contact FMR Volunteer Coordinator Amy Kilgore via their contact form (please change Category from “general inquiries” to “volunteering”), 651-222-2193 x31.
Earth Day Events
- Walk When the Moon is Full: Earth Day Tree Moon, April 22, 7:30 – 9 p.m., Lowry Nature Center, $5. Explore the secret life of trees and the animals that call them home. Ages 6 and older.
- Family Earth Day Celebration, April 23, Wargo Nature Center, 12:30 – 3 p.m., FREE admission, 7701 Main Street, Lino Lakes. Learn about Wargo’s native gardens and bees and make your own earth art project to take home. Visit the Earth Day Fair, where local organizations provide information and business will showcase earth friendly products. 10 a.m. – noon is the outdoor service service project.
- The Green Expo, April 23, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the National Sports Center in Blaine, FREE. The Green Expo provides information about growing groundwater concerns, reducing waste, purchasing local foods and exploring more ways to be eco-friendly. The event includes kids’ hands on activities and prize giveaways.
Earth Day Deals, Discounts and Freebies
- Sign up your school to receive FREE trees on Earth Day through the Neighborhood Forest program currently serving Minnesota and Iowa.
- Download the FREE Earth Day app, The Four Seasons – An Earth Day Interactive Children’s Story Book HD from iTunes or Googleplay.
- Send a FREE Earth Day E-card through Care2.com or Freebiedepot.com.
If you know of an Earth Day event or deal that you think should be included in this list, please email your information to TwinCitiesontheCheap@gmail.com.