• Hannah Kamath

5 Ways To Celebrate Earth Day

Updated: Apr 21

Earth Day is Thursday, April 22nd! Here are a few events, workshops, and clean-up initiatives to celebrate this year.


Join Family of Trees and Mitig Nation for their virtual Decolonizing Earth Day event

Family of Trees and MItig Nation are hosting a virtual Earth Day event on April 23rd from 5-7pm. The event will bring participants together to celebrate, liberate, and be grateful!

Attendees will gather virtually in song, poetry, and commitment to care for the Earth, the Commons, and each other. This Earth Day celebration is a call for healing. As Cornel West says, “Justice is Love made Public". Mitig Nation calls you in as sponsors, attendees, activators, and creators to amplify our belonging to Mother Earth. Learn more and register here.


Our MN Climate forum series: Adapting to more extreme weather

Join the MPCA on Thursday, April 22nd at 6-7pm for a virtual Earth Day event to explore how increasing extreme weather due to climate change is impacting local communities — and ways that Minnesotans are preparing for these major weather events.

Panelists will discuss the challenges that communities face from more frequent and intense storms, including flooded streets, damaged homes and businesses, and sewer backups and overflows. Participants will hear from voices from municipalities and tribal nations about the needs and opportunities for helping communities across the state prepare for and adapt to these challenges. To learn more about the event and how to submit your own questions and watch, visit climate.state.mn.us/get-involved.


DIY Earth Day Clean-Up

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board and Solid Waste & Recycling are putting on the 26th annual Minneapolis Earth Day clean-up event. You can participate throughout the month of April in the same Do-It-Yourself fashion as last year. Explore Minneapolis and help keep our community clean and healthy.

How you can participate in your DIY Earth Day Clean-up:

  1. Use a trash bag from home or check MPRB's website in April to find a site near you to pick up supplies. You can also order litter cleanup supplies through Solid Waste & Recycling.

  2. Head to a nearby park or trail and pick up trash you see, while getting fresh air and exercise!

  3. Practice social distancing and other current COVID-19 guidelines. Learn more at http://www.minneapolisparks.org/coronavirus-covid-19-information/

  4. Share pictures of your trash haul on MPRB’s Earth Day Facebook page and use the hash tag #mplsDIYEarthDay


Celebrate with the Quilt Shop Co-op

Check out a Give-away Table at the Quilt Shop Co-op on 34th Street & Bloomington Ave April 22nd (10AM - 2PM), 23rd (10AM - 2PM), and 24th (9AM - 3PM) to find a variety of decorative, household and office items.

  • ON SATURDAY, APRIL 24, VISIT QUILT SHOP CO-OP BETWEEN 9 AM - 2 PM TO GET A BAG AND A GLOVE

  • FILL THE BAG WITH TRASH FROM THE YARDS, THE SIDEWALKS, THE STREETS, THE BOULEVARDS

  • RETURN THE BAG OF TRASH TO US, AND HELP YOURSELF TO TREATS FROM MAY DAY CAFÉ.


Participate in the first-ever Minneapolis garden tool swap

Spring is officially here! To celebrate many of us are turning towards our home and our green spaces. When cleaning out your storage, hang on to unused yard tools and gardening items.

Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling and community partners will be holding the first ever city-wide swap event of garden tools and plant related equipment. From first time gardeners to those with green thumbs, all are welcome at this free event.

Mark your calendars for Saturday May 8th, 2021 11am - 1pm and bring your unused items to a swap event near you. Face masks are required, and residents must maintain at least six-feet distance from others.

Event locations:

  • Corcoran Park, 3334 20th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 4055 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

  • Logan Park, 690 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

  • Folwell Park, 1615 N Dowling Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55412

Visit Solid Waste & Recycling's website for more information.

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