In April 1970, U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson organized Americans to get out and actively express their concern over the treatment of our environment. Over 20 million people took to the streets and, as a result, the U.S. Congress established the Environment Protection Agency (EPA). Though this was an amazing achievement, there is still a ton of work to be done. That’s why each year on April 22, more than 1 billion people across 192 countries celebrate Earth Day by participating in environmentalist efforts aimed at protecting the planet.
Don’t know where to partake this year? No worries. We’ve put together a list of events happening all over Michigan so you can join in on all the Earth Day fun!
- Grand Rapids Area: Saturday, April 21, marks Grand Haven’s Earth Day Lakeshore celebration. Starting at 12:30 p.m., you can march in the Green Parade and head over to the Earth Day Fair, being held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grand Haven Community Center. The festival will offer food and games, while educating visitors on how to care for the environment!
- Lansing Area: The Harris Nature Center is looking for volunteers on Saturday April 21. From 9 -11 a.m. help remove invasive plants, pick up trash, and help repair trails so that everyone can enjoy the Earth Day Walkabout on Sunday! The nature walk starts at 2 p.m. and is $3 a person or $7 a family.
- Kalamazoo Area: The Kalamazoo Nature Center is hosting an Earth Day celebration on April 21 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. right in its own backyard. While it may be too late to sign up for the Earth Day 5k that will also be taking place, you can still hike the trails, watch their special Earth Day programs, and have your kids enjoy the fun crafts and nature activities!
- Ann Arbor Area: Ann Arbor’s Earth Day Festival is a free, family-friendly, “zero waste” event being held on Saturday, April 22, starting at 12 PM. Visitors of the Leslie Science and Nature Center, will enjoy live music, food vendors, and fun activities for the whole family. The organizers encourage guests to bring re-usable water bottles in an effort to avoid 90% of potential waste from this type of event!
- Metro Detroit Area: Head to Heritage Park where you can learn how to save energy and witness the opening of their new Native Plant Education Area. You can also join Metroparks in their clean-up effort to help keep Kensington Park trash-free. The Royal Oak Farmers Market is hosting festivities where visitors can learn the benefits of growing vegetables at home, which plants don’t require harmful pesticides, and how to install home solar panels. Kids attending the farmer’s market can also partake in environment-themed games.