Did you know we’ve honored Earth Day in the United States for 47 years now? Senator Gaylord Nelson initially proposed the idea in 1969 as a way to make the country more aware of the environment’s importance and vulnerability. A year later it was adopted as a national holiday on April 22. The rest of the world followed suit in 1990, making it a bonafide worldwide tradition.
Looking after our environment’s best interests is vital to our future and the generations to come. At DTE, we are committed to environmental stewardship and protecting the land, water and air from pollution and harm. Find a way to make a positive impact in your local environment through one of the many options below (logo identifies a DTE sponsored event).
- Monroe Community College: The Monroe County Earth Expo promotes sustainable living by educating residents on everyday actions to help restore and protect our planet. The expo takes place on Saturday, April 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- The Recreation Activities Center, West Bloomfield: Join in the many ways to celebrate Mother Nature at this free event on April 21 from 3 – 6 p.m. by making a recycled craft, exploring the Nature Room, or borrow a Nature Backpack for a hike through the grounds.
- Downtown Rochester: Make your way to the 12th Annual MI Earth Day Fest going on from Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23 where you can shop, learn, and celebrate Earth Day at this free festival.
- Royal Oak Farmers Market: Hear from local environmental organizations at Royal Oak’s Earth Day Celebration including The Clinton River Watershed Council, Humane Voters of Michigan/Mercy for Animals, Royal Oak Nature Society, Michigan State Extension Service and the Sierra Club “Ready for 100” campaign. All will share the ways they work to protect the environment on Saturday, April 22 from 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.
- Detroit Zoo: Take a trip to the Detroit Zoo on Saturday, April 22 to check out the GreenFest happening from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to see how the Detroit Zoological Society is addressing sustainability in your own backyard. The event is free with park admission!
- MSU Tollgate Farm, Novi: Get your hands dirty on the farm’s Harvest Garden on Saturday, April 22 from 9 – 11 a.m. and look ahead to a bountiful summer.
- Heritage Park Nature Center, Farmington Hills: Join the City of Farmington Hills in celebrating its 5th Annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 22 from noon – 2 p.m. The celebration will include a concert, hayrides, food trucks, and so much more!
- Drayton Plains Nature Center, Waterford: Waterford Parks and Recreation needs volunteers to help clean up the grounds on Saturday April 22 from noon – 2 p.m. during its Earth Day Clean-Up and Crafts event. Find more information here.
- Carl’s Family YMCA, Milford: Live in the Milford area? Check out the Earth Day Family Fun Festival happening on Saturday, April 22 from noon – 4 p.m. for activities for all ages in celebration of Mother Nature.